The Black Emergency Managers Association International was created with the mission & vision for the inclusion of the Black, LatinX, and African Descent communities as a major element of our association. Not just an association of homeland security & emergency management professional, but of our ‘whole community’ because of our unique heritage, culture, and resiliency.
Created to address the issues of the disparity then, and now in the present COVID-19 crisis, and beyond. Created to increase the awareness, education & training, job opportunities, and networking of not only members within the profession in each of the critical infrastructure sectors, but our members (individuals, nonprofit, faith-based, private sector, etc.) in the community. To engage the ‘whole community’ from the ex-offender to the homeless, and vulnerable population.
The FEMA advisory listed below ends with “FEMA Mission. To help people before, during and after disasters“. This is only one part of our mission. Our community members, our whole community members must now take an even more active lead role in helping yourself and others in your community not only before, during, and after disasters occur, but to protect you, your family, and community to be more proactive to address climate change impacts LOCALLY.
All disasters and emergencies are local. Your local township, city, county, and State officials are the key to your success and failure before, during, and after a disaster occurs. You must be aware, educated, and trained locally to address local issues and problems. Only you know your local community. The crisis, or what we call Operation COVID-19 is only the beginning of changes to come.
You must take advantage when social distancing is lifted, to come out the gate ten lengths ahead of others in the race to obtain the hands on training in groups in your communities. You must take advantage to cooperate, collaborate, communicate, coordinate, engage in your community, and partner (C5&P). The data has been collected over the years. It’s only a matter of who’s reading and interpreting the data. We have read and interpreted it for our narrative within BEMA International for our communities in our space of expertise. Our actions as a collective are the actions of interpreting the data to resolve issues in our communities.
You must now take charge, and take action.
You can go at it alone, or you can stand-up and take charge knowing that BEMA International stands with you. Stands with you to advise, monitor & evaluate and point you in the direction, for what you need to be sustainable and a force of action in your community. To stand with you to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and ability for funding, policy change, and actions from your fellow members in BEMA International.
You have to stand-up and say “I’m a BEMA International member”. Say it with pride that we represent credibility, transparency, and a collective braintrust matched by no one else.
You are a member of the Black Emergency Managers Association International.
Be safe, be prepared.
Charles D. Sharp
Cornell University Climate Fellow
Black Emergency Managers Association
1231-B Good Hope Road. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20020
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.
In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos or community.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Where Are We Going From Here: Chaos or Community’.
Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and Partnering (C5&P)
A 501 (c) 3 organization.
From: FEMA Private Sector 
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2020 8:11 PM
Subject: FEMA Advisory: HHS Letter to Hospital Administrators
FEMA ADVISORY – April 10, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
HHS Letter to Hospital Administrators
To follow-up on his letter from March 29, 2020, Secretary Azar just sent the attached letter and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to hospital administrators across the country. Today’s letter underscores the importance of data-sharing and highlights that hospitals are key partners with the Federal Government as we work to ensure that the Whole of America response to COVID-19. The data requested included daily reports on testing, capacity, supplies, utilization, and patient flows to facilitate the ongoing public health response.
The letter also recognizes that many non-Federal entities may already be requesting this information from hospitals; therefore, the federal government has done its best to minimize the burden of sharing this data and to reduce further duplication of effort.
The FAQ attachment to the letter details the federal government’s data needs, explains the division of reporting responsibility between hospitals and states, and provides clear, flexible options for the timely delivery of this critical information. Our objective is to allow states and hospitals either to leverage existing data reporting capabilities or, where those capabilities are insufficient, to provide guidance in how to build on them. These FAQs will be updated if additional data delivery methods become available.
It remains critical that all requested information listed in the FAQ is provided daily to the federal government to facilitate planning, monitoring, and resource allocation in response to COVID-19.
If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Office of External Affairs, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Division:
Follow FEMA on social media at: FEMA online, on Twitter @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol, on FEMA Facebook page or FEMA Espanol page and at FEMA YouTube channel.
Also, follow Administrator Pete Gaynor on Twitter @FEMA_Pete.
To help people before, during and after disasters.