Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays! Give the Gift of Preparedness

Have a safe and happy holiday season from all the members of BEMA.  

To ensure your loved ones are prepared give the gift of preparedness that can be used throughout the year for those emergencies when the arise.

Peace be unto you and your loved ones.

Charles D. Sharp
Black Emergency Managers Association International  

Give the gift of preparedness this holiday season

With the holidays fast approaching, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages everyone to consider giving gifts that will help protect their family members and friends during a future emergency.

Supplies for an emergency preparedness kit can make unique-and potentially life-saving-holiday gifts, such as:
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
  • A flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Solar-powered cell phone charger.
  • Smoke detector and/or carbon monoxide detectors.
  • First aid kit.
  • Fire extinguisher and fire escape ladder.
  • Enrollment in a CPR or first aid class.
  • Books, coloring books, crayons and board games for the kids, in case the power goes out.
  • Personal hygiene comfort kit, including shampoo, body wash, wash cloth, hairbrush, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant.
  • A waterproof pouch or backpack containing any of the above items, or with such things as a rain poncho, moist towelettes, work gloves, batteries, duct tape, whistle, food bars, etc.

Consider giving a winter car kit, equipped with a shovel, ice scraper, emergency flares, fluorescent distress flags and jumper cables.

For animal lovers, a pet disaster kit with emergency food, bottled water, toys and a leash is also a good gift.

The gift of preparedness might just save the life of a friend or family member. 

For more information, preparedness tips or other gift ideas, visit

Water Security. 21st Century Solutions to 21st Century Problems

Veola, thank you for the reminder.

We are coming together, and BEMA still needs all members input.

This photo could be anywhere in the world, but is more prevalent in our communities within the diaspora.  From the U.S., to the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the nations of Africa.  We all need to imagine walking in someone else’s shoes.

You, and I as members of BEMA will continue to stress the systems approach, innovative, effective, and efficient method to address our basic needs of shelter, water, and food security for normal uses and specifically to address those needs during times of disaster.  Not a piecemeal approach of just digging a well, but an approach of how well water distribution and uses for not only basic needs but needs to address public health security and sustainability for the future of the individual, the family, and community.

As an veteran of the U.S. military in emergency management we can bring 21st Century solutions to resolve 21st Century problems, and no more standard or ‘business as usual’ methodology of 20th Century solutions to solve 21st Century problems.

Assisting communities in free training & education to take charge of their communities.

No one knows the needs of a community more than the community itself.  Assisting communities to utilize its’ most vital resource the ‘whole community’ every member of the community.  From the homeless, gang members (with their extended family), ex-offenders to our next generation leaders to be at the table.

Thanks again.


Charles D. Sharp
Chief Executive Officer
Black Emergency Managers Association 
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