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  • Webinar: Local Partnerships Between the American Red Cross and CERT

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    The American Red Cross and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) serve communities throughout the United States in a variety of ways before, during, and after emergencies. But while both programs accomplish a great deal individually, they can do even more when they work together. As partners, CERT and American Red Cross programs and volunteers can work to advance their mutual goals of increasing the preparedness and resilience of local neighborhoods and communities and offering vital assistance and support in the aftermath of disasters.

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    The FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to join a webinar that showcases successful partnerships between local American Red Cross regions and CERT programs. Three sets of American Red Cross and CERT programs serving three unique jurisdictions will discuss how they are working together to make their communities safer, stronger, and more resilient. Presenters will share how they established their partnerships, what lessons they learned from the experience, and how their collaboration benefitted their programs and communities. The webinar will conclude with a question and answer session.

    Title: Local Partnerships Between the American Red Cross and CERT

    Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    Time:  3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (ET)

    This webinar will feature American Red Cross and CERT guest speakers from the following jurisdictions:

    • Delaware County, PA
    • Denver, CO
    • Detroit, MI

    How to Join the Webinar:

    American_Red_Cross_Slide (1)We hope that you will be able to join us on September 9! If you can’t make it, we will post the recording, transcript, and slide deck of the presentation on this page, under “Citizen Corps Partners/Affiliates”: http://www.ready.gov/preparedness-leader/webinar-library. You can also view our most recent webinar on including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in CERT training at: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/p1onuoh5wic/.

  • Seeing Red

    March is American Red Cross Month. Now is a good time to familiarize yourself with some of the disaster preparedness tools the Red Cross offers, including a variety of mobile applications (apps). The free apps provide alerts for weather hazards, first aid, shelter, pet first aid, and more.red

    As the winter weather hazards come to an end, you can use the weather-related apps to prepare for spring hazards, such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

    Features of the tornado app include:

    • An audible siren that automatically sounds when the app is closed if a tornado warning is issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA);
    • A notification when the warning expires; and
    • Instructions on what to do if cell phone towers and other communication are down.

    Features of the hurricane app include:

    • One touch “I’m safe” messaging that users can share with family members via social media outlets;
    • Location-based NOAA weather alerts; and
    • Checklists for creating a family emergency plan.

    American_Red_Cross_Slide (1)The Red Cross also offers a mobile application that engages children in disaster preparedness in a fun, exciting way. The “Monster Guard” app uses an interactive game to show kids how to stay safe when responding to emergencies at home.

    Take action today! Download these apps to your tablet or smartphone using the Apple App Store or Android Google Play. Doing so counts as one of the ten ways to participate in America’s PrepareAthon!, so be sure to register your actions on the campaign website.

    Check out these great American Red Cross FIrst Aid Kits! Check out these great American Red Cross FIrst Aid Kits!

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