Friday, April 6, 2018

Get Involved now more than ever. FEMA has a 'blunt' new message: It won't be there for every future disaster

Saving lives is our primary mission as emergency responders.

U.S. States, Territories, Tribal Nations
Now more than ever is the time to get involved ensuring others awareness, educational & training opportunities in your communities within the U.S.  In our major metro areas (L.A., Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, etc.)  to the small townships, and communities affected by environmental hazards such as Flint, Michigan get involved. 

In Flint, Michigan DHS\FEMA provided advisory and support to the public health entities within the State, and not a lead response & recovery roll.  Will Flint, Michigan fully recovery?  More time (years) will tell when the community returns to some normal state of water security.

Get involved!  Attend your local emergency management agency\office planning, budget, exercises, and other events in your area.  Be informed of local, and STATE involvement in disasters\crisis\and emergencies in your area. 

There are priority lists of recovery from a disaster.  What are the priorities in your community?

What are your planning, response, and recovery plans from all hazards?

Take a position of, who will come, and how much recovery funding will be needed in a disaster?

You just may be alone.

Step up, and manage your local programs.

BEMA International

“FEMA will continue to fund the recovery for smaller disasters, but increasingly, we will be looking for state and local governments to manage those programs,” Kaniewski said. “I will assert, maybe that’s a high goal. It depends on what state or what community you’re talking about — whether or not they can step up and manage those programs.”
Daniel Kaniewski.  FEMA Deputy Administrator

BTW…..Going at an issue alone may be futile.  Working collectively with others (BEMA International, local NGO’s, and nonprofits) can make a difference.

Sister Cities International’s Cities Seeking Cities program offers support services to help U.S. and global members cities find new sister city partners. The Membership Department works closely with members and utilizes a wide range of channels, including foreign and U.S. embassies, federal agencies, municipal associations, twinning organizations, among others, to find potential matches and assist our members in establishing new relationships.

Black Emergency Managers Association
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Office:   202-618-9097 
bEMA International 

“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” ¯
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

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