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Here's a video of FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate announcing the formation of FEMA Corps, a partnership between FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service. FEMA Corps is a FEMA-devoted unit of 1600 service corps members within AmeriCorps solely devoted to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

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VIDEO: Key Steps to Emergency Preparedness


From FEMA, here's an instructional  video about how to be prepared for emergencies.

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2012 State of FEMA Report


FEMA responded to a record setting number of disasters in 2011. They also began work on the National Preparedness Goal, a national plan for disaster preparedness and response. Those highlights are among the accomplishments found in the 2012 State of FEMA report. The document also tries to communicate all the work that FEMA does.

FEMA's Core Values
  • Teamwork
  • Engagement
  • Getting Results
  • Preparation
  • Empowerment
  • Flexibility
  • Accountability
  • Stewardship

FEMA's Responsibilities
  • Preparedness
  • Prevention
  • Protection
  • Mitigation
  • Response
  • Recovery

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VIDEO: Earthquake Preparedness in The Midwest


Earthquakes are more common than most people think, and the Midwest United States is not immune. From FEMA, here's a short video about being prepared for earthquakes.

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The National Preparedness System


Continuity Insights has a description of FEMA's National Preparedness System. Required by Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-8): National Preparedness, the system is intended to strengthen the nation’s resilience against all threats and hazards, including terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics and catastrophic natural disasters.

Components of the National Preparedness System:
  • Identifying and assessing risks
  • Estimating capability requirements
  • Building or sustaining capabilities
  • Developing and implementing plans to deliver those capabilities
  • Validating and monitoring progress made towards achieving the National Preparedness Goal
  • Reviewing and updating efforts as needed to promote continuous improvement.

Implementation of the National Preparedness System is a multi-year effort being coordinated by FEMA.

Presidential Policy Directive 8

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REPORT: Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience


FEMA just released "Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty" which looks at the future role of emergency and disaster management in the US. Download the document to help formulate future strategy.

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VIDEO: Preparedness Resolutions


From FEMA, here's a short video about the importance of disaster and emergency preparedness.

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2012 Homeland Security Appropriations


Eric Holdeman at Disaster Zone has summarized the funding for the Department of Homeland Security in 2012. Their total budget is $41.3 billion, down 5% from 2011, and 17% less than requested by the administration. The article also summarizes the budget for each of the following areas.
  • FEMA/National Protection
  • State & Local Programs
  • Firefighter & Emergency Grants
  • FEMA Disaster Relief & Prevention Programs
  • National Flood Insurance & Flood Mapping
  • National Protection & Programs Directorate
  • Other FEMA & Protection Activities

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VIDEO: Preparedness Resolution


In the wake of the many natural disasters of 2011, Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator, urges everyone to be better prepared in this short video.

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VIDEO: Severe Winter Weather Preparedness


From FEMA, here's a short video kicking off a month of winter weather preparedness tips and guidelines.

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