FEMA National Citizen Corps e-Newsletter Available
The National Citizen Corps e-Newsletter contains articles from various Citizen Cops organizations (CERT, MRC, VIP, FireCorps, etc). You can read this months newsletter as well as archives from the last three years. In addition, the newsletter contains dates for conferences and exercises that you can participate in as a CERT member. Visit http://www.citizencorps.gov/news/enews/ for your copy.
FEMA Releases Preparedness DVD
"Getting Ready for Disaster - One Family's Experience," a citizen preparedness DVD from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has been released to help people get ready for disasters that may impact their families and communities. The DVD guides viewers through important steps of disaster preparedness and addresses critical issues in seven segments: Getting Informed, Making a Plan, Assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit, Food and Water in an Emergency, Helping Children Cope with Disaster, Disability and Special Needs Populations, and Getting Involved - Citizen Corps. The DVD was designed to be used with "Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" and the accompanying facilitator manual for teaching preparedness principles in small group or classroom settings.
Free copies of the DVD (FEMA 500) and the Are You Ready guides (IS-22 and IS-22FG) are available through the FEMA Distribution Center at (800) 480-2520. Requests are currently limited to one DVD per caller.
In the coming months, the DVD will be translated into Spanish and will be available in both languages on a single DVD. Video files, a transcript, and the guide can also be downloaded from http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/.
ProjectDisaster was launched in January 2006 as a forum for news and discussion regarding disasters, terrorism, emerging infectious diseases, disaster response, mitigation and preparedness. The hosts of ProjectDisaster include: Paul Rega, MD, FACEP, Kelly Burkholder-Allen, RN, MSEd, and Churton Budd, RN, EMTP. Guest authors are also invited to submit articles and comments. With now over 250 articles, many of the postings originate from excerpts from the popular press with commentary by the ProjectDisaster team. Articles come from information gathered through Internet listserv messages, news alerts E-Magazines, professional books and journals as well as personal correspondences and experiences from the authors and their associates in disaster deployments. Articles are archived by date and category.
Using ProjectDisaster as a medium, the team is able to aggregate items of interest to the disaster response community in one place, and with a wide variety of topics that include: Terrorism, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Lessons Learned, Mitigation and Preparedness, Bioterrorism / Chemical / Nuclear agents, HAZMAT, Incident Command, etc. In addition to making this content available on the web site, the team is making use of cutting edge technologies such as RSS Feeds, BLOG's, WiKi's, PodCasts and VideoBlogs to deliver this information to you. From time to time, various lectures, power point presentations and educational offerings will be offered on the site. Future plans will include telephone and video interviews with disaster educators, researchers and responders by the ProjectDisaster team.
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and an RSS feed is an XML file format for web syndication used by news websites and weblogs for sharing headlines and other Web content. To retrieve the RSS feed, point your news aggregator program at: http://projectdisaster.com/wp-rss.php
Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio programs or music videos, over the Internet for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. Podcasts are distributed using either the RSS or Atom syndication formats. To get the podcasts point your I-Tunes, podcast aggregator or TiVo Podcast (under the special features menu) at: http://projectdisaster.com
You can also use the podcast link to view our vlog or video blog. It is a blog (i.e. weblog) which uses video as the primary content. The video is linked within a blog post and usually accompanied by supporting text, image, and additional metadata to provide context. For more information visit project disaster at: http://projectdisaster.com or contact, Churton Budd, RN, EMTP at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / 419-383-6461.
New Addition to CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response Website
A new Web page has recently been launched on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness and Response Web site that provides information on the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) and the EMAC Environmental Health Assistance Project. This Web page can be accessed at www.bt.cdc.gov/planning/emac.