Learn What FEMA and DHS are Doing About Issues Impacting Women and Children During Disasters, FEMA seeks your input


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DHS and FEMA Updates

REMINDER: Women and Youth Emergency Management Stakeholder Update


Women and Youth Emergency Management Stakeholder Update

Tomorrow, March 8th

9:00 a.m. ET (8:00 CT/7:00 MT/6:00 PT)

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If you’re interested in hearing about the work being done regarding issues that impact women and children during disasters and emergencies, then you should register for this FREE Webinar!

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Tomorrow, March 8th, in honor of International Women’s Day, FEMA is hosting a multi-agency briefing on the work being done regarding issues that impact women and children during disasters and emergencies. The meeting will be broadcast virtually from 9:00a.m. – 11:30a.m and will be recorded and posted to our website later for those of you who can’t listen in live.

Some of the topics suggested by FEMA and/or Stakeholders include:

  • FEMA’s Children and Disasters Update
  • DHS Blue Campaign on Human Trafficking Update
  • Department of Education update on youth initiatives and emergency preparedness programs in schools
  • Department of Health and Human Services Update on emergency preparedness for women and at-risk youth
  • Department of Justice update on emergency preparedness plans for juvenile justice systems

If you want to hear what’s happening with regards to Emergency Preparedness issues affecting women and children, please join us for this event. If you have questions regarding this webinar, please contact citizencorps@dhs.gov.

PPD-8 National Planning Frameworks and Recovery Interagency Operational Plan

FEMA and its partners are seeking your input on four working drafts of the National Planning Frameworks, and the initial draft of the Recovery Federal Interagency Operational Plan, which are part of Presidential Policy Directive 8/PPD-8: National Preparedness. PPD-8 is a policy directive that asks federal agencies to work with the whole community—including all levels of government, individuals and communities, businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations—to work together to improve national preparedness.

As an element of the implementation of PPD-8, the National Frameworks, focusing on Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery, clearly define key preparedness roles and responsibilities for the entire community.

Through ongoing engagement efforts which include the use of the PPD-8 online collaboration tool, webinars and workshops, working draft documents have been created. Efforts are currently focusing on revising the National Response Framework and developing the Prevention, Protection and Mitigation Frameworks. As each of these products is made final, federal interagency operational plans will be developed to provide guidance across the federal government to successfully implement the Frameworks.

The final National Disaster Recovery Framework (116-page PDF) was released in September 2011, and reflects input gathered through extensive outreach with more than 600 stakeholders representing federal, state, local and tribal governments, as well as public and private organizations. Since the release, forums have been held across the country to support development of the initial draft of the Recovery Federal Interagency Operational Plan.

Over the course of the next 30 days, stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide additional input to the drafts of these Frameworks and the initial draft of the Recovery Federal Interagency Operational Plan. The period will end on April 2, 2012.

Citizen Corps Partners and Affiliates Updates

Youth Preparedness Coming to a Town Near You

Citizen Corps and FEMA Region VII are coming to Kansas City, Missouri on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, for a day-long workshop on implementing youth preparedness in community-based organizations.

This workshop is designed to provide you with the information you need to start integrating youth preparedness into your organization’s existing youth offerings or to build a youth preparedness program from scratch.

As a workshop attendee, you will receive live instruction and a “how-to” guide on key topics, including:

  • Engaging Partners
  • Identifying Curriculum
  • Implementing Your Program
  • Promoting Your Program
  • Evaluating Your Program
  • Sustaining Your Program

Throughout the day, you will also interact with and learn from experts who have developed and delivered some of the most successful youth preparedness programs in the country. Additionally, you will collaborate with these experts and your peers in a series of hands-on activities that will produce some of the tools and inputs necessary to implement an effective program.

The next workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the USDA Farm Service Agency (6501 Beacon Drive). For more information please contact, Rodney Odom.

Future tentative workshops include:

  • Seattle, Washington: April 18, 2012
  • Boston, Massachusetts: July 12, 2012

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.