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Revised CPG 101, Resolve to be Ready, Functional Needs Support Services, and more - Citizen Corps News Digest for December 14, 2010
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) sent this bulletin on December 14, 2010 02:59 PM

This Citizen Corps News Digest is provided by FEMA's Individual & Community Preparedness Division to highlight community preparedness and resilience resources and activities recently announced by federal agencies and Citizen Corps partners.

DHS and FEMA Updates

New Release - CPG 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate announced the release of Version 2.0 of the Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans.  Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101 provides guidance for developing emergency operations plans.  The goal of CPG 101 is to assist in making the planning process routine across all phases of emergency management and for all homeland security mission areas. This Guide helps planners at all levels of government in their efforts to develop and maintain viable, all-hazards, all-threats emergency plans.  This new version places greater emphasis on representing and engaging the whole community—to include those with access and functional needs, children, and those with household pets and service animals.  See the full guide on FEMA's website at:  http://www.fema.gov/pdf/about/divisions/npd/CPG_101_V2.pdf

Don't Drop the Ball, Resolve to Be Ready in 2011!
The New Year is fast approaching and for the seventh year the Ready Campaign is encouraging Americans to Resolve to be Ready by making a New Year's resolution to get prepared for emergencies.  Please join Ready in this effort.  To help assist you in your outreach, please find the toolkit with helpful resources to promote Resolve to be Ready 2010 in your communities and businesses at  http://www.ready.gov/america/about/resolve2011.html.  Please share your initiatives and activities with Readyas we at FEMA are always looking for ways to inspire and educate others.  Send an e-mail to Ready@dhs.gov.  We hope your holidays are wonderful and look forward to working with you on Resolve to be Ready 2011!

DHS and Walmart: Partners in Promoting “If You See Something, Say Something” Campaign
Secretary Napolitano has teamed up with the nation's largest retailer, Walmart, to promote the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. Beginning today, more than 230 Walmart stores will play a video at select checkout lanes.  In the coming weeks, a total of 588 stores will show the video featuring Secretary Napolitano reminding shoppers to contact local law enforcement to report suspicious activity.  See the video and read more in the DHS press release.  This is just one of many ways DHS is partnering with the private sector to promote the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.

Citizen Corps Partners and Affiliates Updates

Challenge Checkpoint: Thousands Accept the Learn & Serve Challenge
Last month, the National Service-Learning Partnership joined with Learn and Serve America to challenge our nation’s young people to use their education to make a difference in their local and global community. Over the last four weeks, more than 360,000 people responded.  Our world faces critical challenges that require our collective attention and action. Young people -- like all people -- yearn to be a part of the solution. Every day in schools and communities across the country, young people use what they learn in classrooms to tackle important community problems.  Click here to read more about the success of this challenge.

Follow These Tips and Show Winter Who's Boss
Winter is definitely here. Significant snowfall is expected for many parts of the country; frigid, widespread cold weather is on tap for the East coast; and record cold temperatures will be delivered to Florida and other parts of the Southeast. To make sure you’re ready for all the snow and ice this season may bring, follow these tips from the American Red Cross.  Also, because fires related to heating are the second leading cause of home fires, the American Red Cross wants everyone to know how to safely keep their home warm during the cold months ahead.  Read their article called "'Tis the Season for Safer Home Heating."

Holiday Parties: Spread Cheer, Not Foodborne Illness
It’s that time of year when the parties never seem to end. They’re great occasions for exchanging good will and gifts – but not the dangerous bacteria that cause foodborne illness.  To read about some of the the unwanted guests who may try to crash your party and what you can do to prevent these and other foodborne bacteria from taking the cheer out of your holidays, read the article on the foodsafety.gov blog, a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website.

Webinars

Webinar:  An Overview of Functional Needs Support Services
Join FEMA Region 6 for an informative one hour overview of Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) in General Population Shelters. This webinar and conference call will introduce planning guidance that can be incorporated into existing shelter plans to meet access and functional needs in general population shelters.
When:

Tuesday December 14th 2pm-3pm CST
Phone # : 1-800-320-4330 PIN 984027

Thursday December 16th 11am-Noon CST
Phone # : 1-800-320-4330 PIN 984027

Tuesday December 21st 11am-Noon CST
Phone # : 1-800-320-4330 PIN 984027

Where:
Sign into the webinar at https://connect.hsin.gov/r6fnss/

Test your connection prior to the webinar by visiting https://connect.hsin.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
Questions:  Contact David Lebsack, david.lebsack@dhs.gov 940.898.5339

Other Preparedness Updates

We are providing the following links to third party sites for your reference.  FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies, or applications

Website Assists in Community Flood Response
A December 2, 2010 article by Corey McKenna in Emergency Management Magazine highlighted a website that provided information and resources for Nashville, Tennessee residents and the Vanderbilt University community during and after Spring flooding.  The website went live on May 2, 2010 and registered 214,990 unique visitors since then.  The website, called 2010 Nashville Flood Information,used FEMA information and state and local recovery resources. The site originally "started as a typical emergency communications tool for the university and grew into a disaster recovery tool for university employees and the Nashville community."  To read more about this site and see why it is a great example of how to use technology to help in disasters, read the full article here.

These news stories and other Individual & Community Preparedness news can be found on our website at www.citizencorps.gov.

Sincerely,

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