The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 until November 30. There are tools available to help plan and prepare for hurricanes:
• Know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
• Create an emergency communication plan with your family before a hurricane.
• Know your local community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes, sign up to receive local alerts and warnings, and listen to the advice of local officials before, during, and after a storm.
• Check your insurance coverage, damages caused by flooding are not covered under normal homeowner’s insurance policies.
• Strengthen your financial preparedness by collecting and securing personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records.
• Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
• Download the FEMA mobile app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips. The app (available in English and Spanish) provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.
To learn more on how to prepare before, during, and after a hurricane, visit: www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
On April 24, FEMA’s Office of Law Enforcement Engagement and Integration (OLEEI) hosted a Law Enforcement and Emergency Management Executives Roundtable. The event brought together a diverse representation of Law Enforcement Executives from around the nation to discuss integration with emergency management.
The discussion centered on building a culture of resiliency through financial preparedness, training, exercises, and resources to support the law enforcement community. The roundtable is intended to facilitate a path forward for future collaborations with law enforcement stakeholders. For additional information, please visit the OLEEI page.
National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is on Saturday, May 4. Join your friends, family members, faith-based group or youth organization, and volunteer your time to improve your community’s ability to withstand and recover from a wildfire, which also may improve the safety of firefighters.
To assist fire departments and community residents with wildfire risks, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) has compiled a collection of resources that can be found at www.usfa.fema.gov. The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Toolkit recommends resources that will help the fire department and communities prepare for and respond to WUI fires. The toolkit includes tools to assess community risks, codes and standards, outreach materials to increase awareness, planning, research, and training courses.
For more wildfire safety information, visit www.ready.gov/wildfires.