Posted by: Lars Anderson, Director, Public Affairs
At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
Hurricane Season – Get Prepared
With the June 1 start of hurricane season just around the corner, and in preparation for National Hurricane Preparedness Week, we want to encourage you and your family members to begin to think about how you can prepare.
One way we’re encouraging folks to prepare is by signing up to receive hurricane safety tips directly to your mobile phone. By texting HURRICANE to 43362 (4FEMA), you can sign up to receive bi-weekly hurricane safety tips. These tips are friendly reminders of the steps you can take to prepare your family and home from a hurricane.
There are other safety tip lists you can sign up for too. Head over to www.fema.gov/text-messages or http://m.fema.gov/text-messages (on your mobile phone) for more subscription options as well as a list of commands you can use when texting 43362.
Awards Period Open for 2013 Individual & Community Preparedness Awards
The Individual & Community Preparedness awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, Citizen Corps Councils, and programs working to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared for any disaster or emergency event.
Whether it's an individual or a faith-based, non-profit, private sector, community-based, or tribal organization, everyone makes a difference in our community. Acknowledge the work you or someone you know has done to build a more resilient nation and submit an application today.
The application deadline is June 5, 2013. Visit www.ready.gov/citizen-corps-awards for more information or to download an application.
Save the Date – FEMA Think Tank
Join Deputy Administrator Rich Serino for the next FEMA Think Tank conference call on May 28, 2013. This month’s call will be held in New York City, in partnership with UNICEF, and will focus on disaster survivor stories and international emergency worker experiences to encourage a more disaster-survivor-centric approach to emergency management at every level.
If you’ve been impacted by a disaster, or know someone who has, visit our online forum to contribute ideas and comments for discussion on the upcoming call. Visit www.fema.gov/think-tank for more details about this month’s call or to learn more about the FEMA Think Tank.
Photos of the Week
And to wrap up the week, here are a few of our favorite photos:
West, Texas, May 5, 2013 -- Disaster survivors and first responders are served a special meal at a local church. FEMA workers also attended the event to answer questions about the types of disaster assistance available. Norman Lenburg/FEMA
Have a safe weekend!