FEMA to Hold Hurricane Preparedness Webinar on Monday

Friday, 21 May 2010

From The National Office of Citizen Corps, FEMA Individual & Community Preparedness Division

FEMA’s Individual & Community Preparedness Division kicks off Hurricane Preparedness Week on Monday, May 24th at 2:00 EDT with a LIVE webinar entitled Preparing Your Community for Hurricane Season. This webinar marks the 11th installment of FEMA’s Community Preparedness Webinar Series, and continues to provide up-to-date information on community preparedness topics and resources available to all citizens, community organizations, and Citizen Corps Councils.

You may login to the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start and there is no registration required. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Mark Sloan, Coordinator of the County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Harris County, Texas, will present on community hurricane preparedness. Mr. Sloan is a leader of the Harris County Citizen Corps Council which serves as the coordinating agency in community preparedness and continues to engage the community is all aspects of emergency preparedness, to include public education, outreach, citizen training and volunteerism. HCCC implemented a bilingual website that promotes preparedness in English and Spanish. HCCC also offers training in Teen CERT and CERT en espanol. Their CERT program has trained over 5,000 Spanish-speaking graduates. The Council's success is evident through the county's preparedness, response and recovery efforts during Hurricane Ike, Katrina, and Rita, as well as tropical Storm Allison. The Council earned a 2009 National Citizen Corps Achievement Award for innovative practices and achievements to make their community safer, stronger, and better prepared.

Laura Black, Coordinator of Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida Citizen Corps will present on the hurricane preparedness efforts of Jacksonville, Duval County Citizen Corps Council. Ms. Black will highlight Jacksonville’s public education and training activities. The Jacksonville Citizen Corps Council has 663 MRC members, Neighborhood Watch and VIPS programs, numerous VOADs, and partners with local police, EMS, fire, emergency planners, businesses, universities, fraternities, and the general public. The Council is also a 2009 National Citizen Corps Achievement Award winner. In addition, the Council has an active CERT program engaged in activities that include volunteering at the Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference for People with Disabilities, conducting CERT/Business Emergency Response Team courses, volunteering in the first airport passenger evacuation exercise, and conducting training drills with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Training Academy.

The Community Preparedness Webinar Series features new community preparedness topics several times each month and is free to the public. Each webinar will accommodate the first 500 visitors that enter the website at the time of the webinar. In addition to airing live, the webinar will be recorded and viewable at your convenience on the Citizen Corps website (www.citizencorps.gov) usually within 24 hours after the live webcast. To join the webinar live simply go to https://connect.hsin.gov/hurricanepreparedness/ 15 minutes prior to the start time. Please note, you will need the Adobe Flash web browser plug-in installed prior to entering the webinar.

If you need special accommodations or require additional assistance to view or listen to this webinar, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than 5pm EDT on Friday, May 21st and we will provide you with additional resources so you may participate. If you do not have access to a computer and would still like to join, you can hear the webinar by calling 1-800-320-4330 and use pin # 554973. Those joining by computer do not need to call.

More details on this webinar and upcoming webinars in the Community Preparedness Webinar Series are available at http://www.citizencorps.gov/news/webcasts.shtm.

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