Posted by: Deputy Administrator Rich Serino
Yesterday, I spoke at the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Shared Strategies conference in Denver, CO. Events like the UASI conference are a great way to get members of the team working together. Whether you’re a business owner, member of your Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), local government official, or a parent looking out for your family, you can help the nation prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
Here's a quick video I recorded at the conference:
So what is the UASI? It’s a program designed to improve emergency preparedness in major metropolitan areas. Cities from San Francisco to Miami have benefited from the program, making their region more resilient.
The Denver conference was all about “Shared Strategies”, or looking at how members of the emergency management team can work together to accomplish common objectives. Since coming to FEMA, Administrator Fugate and I have stressed the importance of everyone doing their part. We are all part of our nation’s emergency management team, and it truly takes the whole community, working together, to make sure we are meeting the needs of everyone during an emergency.
It’s my sincere hope that you will take three easy steps to get prepared: get a kit, make a plan and be informed. If you prepare today, you’ll help your communities and families be more resilient tomorrow.
Tell us how the emergency management team in your community is helping prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. We're working hard to get our team members prepared, so tell us what you've been up to.