NEMA President Testifies before Congress on Controlling the Rising Cost of Disasters

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NEMA President Testifies before Congress Washington, DC – On Thursday, May 12, 2016, Bryan Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the National Emergency Management Association. Before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, in a hearing titled, “Controlling the …

Hurricane Preparedness Week Begins May 15

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It Only Takes One: FEMA and NOAA Encourage Preparedness for the 2016 Hurricane Season It only takes one hurricane to change your life and your community. Hurricanes not only affect coastal communities, but also can have significant impacts hundreds of miles inland. As Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac remind us, it is not just major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) that …

National Preparedness Month

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Don’t Wait–National Preparedness Month Kicks Off September 1, 2015–Please Join In! On behalf of the Ready Campaign, I invite you to join millions of Americans who have made a commitment to increasing the level of emergency preparedness for themselves, their family and their community. September 1 is the first day of National Preparedness Month. We are encouraging everyone to participate …

College Campus Fire Safety

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College Campus Fire Risk and How to Prevent Fire Emergencies:  It’s time to consider college campus fire safety – Summer break is almost over and many students are preparing to head back to campus for another school year.  Before you or your student enters their new college home, it’s important that both on- and off-campus students know their fire risk …

ProFiles: Sean Scott

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Meet the Pro: Sean Scott, Author and Disaster Recovery and Restoration Expert Biography: Sean Scott is a licensed general contractor in the State of California who has spent over 33 years in the construction and disaster restoration industry. Most of his experience involved assisting individuals and families with the rebuilding of their homes or businesses after fires, floods, and other …

Pet Friendly Shelter Planning

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Western Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team Initiative The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) undertook a unique disaster planning / preparedness, response and recovery initiative designed to enhance the capabilities to meet the needs pet owners and pets during and following emergencies and disasters. Entitled the Western Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) Initiative this project had several goals and objects. …

Health department to distribute emergency kits

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Mason County, WV Health Department to distribute emergency kits in response to extreme weather conditions.             Each year, the Mason County, WV Health Department distributes emergency kits to the residents of the county. These kits are free and purchased by the health department with grant funding received by the Centers for Disease Control and the …

Harris County CERT Rodeo 2015

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Record Attendance at 9th Annual Harris County CERT Rodeo in Texas The Harris County CERT Rodeo was held February 7 on the grounds of the Harris County Fire Marshall’s Office. There were over 550 attendees, making it the second largest gathering in the nine years this event has been held. Teams from Harris, Montgomery, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Dallas, Chambers and Liberty Counties …

New Dimensional Shipping Rates

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New UPS and FedEx shipping rates account for package volume and weight. Citing increased fuel costs, lost volumetric space, and lost revenue, UPS and FedEx have switched billing models and now use “Dimensional Weight” to calculate billable shipping for all packages. I’ll share a recent example to demonstrate the recent changes. In some cases, the differences are on the order of 250% …