FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate Encourages Americans to Resolve to Be Ready in 2011

30 12 2010

In FEMA News Release HQ-10-230, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate notes that “a New Year’s resolution to be prepared for emergencies is simple – and could save lives.”  The News Release, published on December 30, 2011, is found below:

With the new year fast approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging all Americans to make emergency preparedness one of their New Year’s resolutions for the coming year.  Resolve to be Ready in 2011 is a nationwide effort to urge individuals, families, businesses and communities to focus on being ready and aware of all the hazards that exist in their communities.

 “Emergencies can happen at anytime, anywhere,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.  “They can range from natural disasters such as snowstorms or flooding, to events such as power outages.  The key to successful emergency response, regardless of the nature of the event, is personal preparedness.  As we ring in 2011, make a resolution to be prepared through a few simple steps: get an emergency supply kit, make an emergency plan and be informed of the hazards in your area.”

Resolve to be Ready in 2011 is one resolution anyone can keep thanks to the tools and resources available at www.Ready.gov or the Spanish language site, www.Listo.gov.  These sites include important information such as how to put together a kit, make a plan and stay informed.

Throughout this holiday season, FEMA leadership across the country has been encouraging citizens to Resolve to be Ready in 2011.  Among other things, they have written op-eds in The Tennessean, Everett Daily Herald, Oregon Live, Los Angeles Daily News, Southeast Missourian and Boston Herald encourage readers to take the simple steps to be prepared.

Resolve to be Ready in 2011 is led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council.  For more information on the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, visit Ready.gov and CitizenCorps.gov.

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FEMA Administrator Challenges Emergency Managers to Plan for Entire Community

5 11 2010

I was fortunate to attend the recent IAEM Conference held in Texas.   Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate on November 2, 2010, encouraged emergency managers and stakeholders from the private sector, public health and other fields to consider the capabilities and needs of the entire community, including people with disabilities and children, when planning for disasters.

Fugate delivered this message as part of his keynote address at the 58th Annual International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  He made a number of interesting comments to the professional emergency managers in attendance.  A common theme of his remarks was that “Emergency Management is not about easy.”  Emergency Management is also not for the faint hearted he said.  He felt emergency planning needs to be done in a new way— in a way that better serves the citizens, and he committed to changing FEMA planning documents to be inclusive of children, infants, elderly, pet owners, and those without transportation.  He asked all emergency managers to answer the question:  “Who are you planning for in your community?”

During his remarks, Fugate also urged the audience to participate in a new public challenge FEMA is hosting to come up with creative ideas on how we can prepare communities before disaster strikes. “Considering the needs of all members of our community and planning for worst case scenarios is exactly why we need a strong emergency management team – a team that FEMA is only one member of,” said Fugate. “We know government can’t do it alone – many of the most innovative ideas for how we can protect all members of our community from the impacts of disasters will come from you.  That’s why we are engaging the entire team in this effort to crowd source solutions by submitting creative ideas to http://challenge.gov/fema.”

In addition, Fugate discussed the need for all stakeholders to prepare for worst case scenarios, what he calls “Maximum of Maximums” – disasters that go beyond the capability of government resources.  Under Fugate’s leadership, FEMA has focused on engaging a diverse group of stakeholders in these efforts.  In September, FEMA hosted the first-ever National “Getting Real” Conference, which brought together leaders from the emergency management and disability communities to discuss strategies to integrate the entire community into emergency planning.  FEMA also recently hosted its first-ever Latino Leadership Summit and Black Leadership Forum, which engaged stakeholders in discussions about how to better involve the entire community in emergency planning.

Fugate launched FEMA’s new public challenge last week at a separate conference in San Diego, Calif.  The IAEM Annual Conference provides a forum to share information about the latest trends, tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security.  Sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health and related professions to exchange ideas on collaborating to protect lives and property from disasters.