Free Cyber Security Awareness and Training Courses Offered by DHS/FEMA Partnership with Texas A&M University.

Just recently, our staff was made aware of a program offering free cyber security related training and awareness courses.  These courses are funded by DHS/FEMA in cooperation with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The objective of this DHS/FEMA partnering is to ensure that cyber space is supported by secure and resilient infrastructure(s) ---delivering open communications, information and prosperity while protecting privacy and confidentiality. These courses are offered at no cost and students can earn a TEEX certification of completion and Continuing Education … [Read more...]

National Preparedness Month — September 2013

Just a quick reminder --- September 2013 is National Preparedness month throughout the U.S. And, given the fact that each year many small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes, it is a good time to remind all businesses that help with your own business preparedness planning is available in this National Preparedness Month period through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in collaboration with FEMA's Ready Campaign and the Agility … [Read more...]

Emergency Preparedness and Native American Indians

Native American Indians are just as susceptible as any other Americans to disasters and emergencies ---and given many of the recent comments coming from our readers --- there is a strong indication that our staff needs to be more responsive to the needs of our Native American Indians --- especially when it comes to preparing for, surviving and recovering from a disaster or emergency situation or related incident. In fact, as the large majority of American Indians live on tribal lands located very often far away from urban centers there can be a strong potential for these communities to be … [Read more...]

FEMA Webinar: Financial Preparation for Disasters and Emergencies

On Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, FEMA is offering a free webinar entitled "Starting Early: Financial Preparation for Disasters and Emergencies" at 3:00 PM EDT. Do you have your finances ready in case a disaster strikes your family, community or business? Starting early to protect your finances is an important step in all financial elements of your life; preparing for emergencies is no different. FEMA has been working with its federal partners and whole community organizations to bring you new and revamped tools to be financially prepared. FEMA, the Ready Campaign, the U.S. Department of … [Read more...]

Emergency Management Enhanced by Public-Private Partnerships

By:  Ben J. Carnevale, Editor This website has promoted the benefits of the Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) program from the beginning of its existence, and continues to believe that the private sector is also a vital part of our country’s emergency management team response and disaster recover capabilities. Along with FEMA and DHS, we also believe that the nation's vast network of business, industry, academia, trade associations, and other non-governmental organizations are equal - and equally responsible - partners in nearly every phase of dealing with potential threats --- i.e. … [Read more...]

Disaster Preparedness Myths Still Prevail

In a recent article, written by Paul Purcell, and entitled “Disaster Dozen: 12 Myths of Disaster Preparedness”, and, supporting this month as the National Preparedness Month 2012, our staff would like to recommend our readers look at these disaster preparedness myths and  review where those myths are still present in your family, the community where you live and the organization where you work. By addressing these obstacles you will be improving the awareness and preparedness levels of individuals, families, communities and employees – but, even more importantly, you will help dispel so … [Read more...]

National Preparedness Month 2012 Free Webinar Offerings

As mentioned in an earlier posting regarding National Preparedness Month 2012, many resources are being offered this month of September to better understand and improve disaster preparedness capabilities for yourself, your family, your community and where you work. You can get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. This September series of free webinars is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign, as part of National Preparedness Month 2012. The SBA wants to … [Read more...]

PS-Prep Continues Ongoing Opportunity Battles

Since the recent announcement by ATT becoming the first company to certify under the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program (PS-Prep) --- many readers have been requesting more information updates regarding the progress of the PS-Prep program. To attempt to address those requests, our staff would like to focus on one of the major areas currently under a lot of discussion in various PS-Prep related blogs. Most of the postings reviewed center around an issue very well addressed in a recent article written by Luke Simpson, Continuity Insights … [Read more...]

Business Continuity Planners Looking for Table Top Exercises — Check-Out FEMA’s Free 2012 Offerings

As mentioned in a prior posting, FEMA’s Private Sector Division / Office of External Affairs began a new series of tabletop exercises in 2010 as a tool to help private sector organizations advance their organization’s continuity, preparedness and resiliency. FEMA has continued to present new offerings into this series as a part of the Division’s vigilant efforts to incorporate the private sector across all stages of FEMA’s emergency management mission, to support FEMA’s capabilities, and to enhance national preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation of all hazards. To … [Read more...]

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week – April 22-28 2012

As the nation marks the first anniversary of one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are teaming up by naming the week of 22-28 April 2012 “National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.” NOAA and FEMA encourage the public nationally to "know your risk, take action, and be a force of nature" by taking proactive preparedness measures and inspiring others to do the same. While the type and severity of threats vary across FEMA's 10 Regions, the need to be prepared is … [Read more...]