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This Citizen Corps News Weekly Digest is provided by FEMA's Community Preparedness Division to highlight community preparedness and resilience resources and activities announced by federal agencies and Citizen Corps partners over the past week.

This week, as part of National Preparedness Month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Preparedness Division is excited to announce the addition of several new social media tools on CitizenCorps.gov, including widgets, web banners, and RSS feeds…

·         Upcoming Events of Interest for Citizen Corps Councils & Partners
Citizen Corps supports weekly and monthly outreach themes which encourage and promote civic engagement, public safety, preparedness, resilience, and volunteerism. The following are the upcoming events for October… 

·         Fire Corps Releases Updated Toolkit for Citizen Corps Councils

Fire Corps has released the second edition of the Fire Corps Toolkit for Citizen Corps Councils. Created by Fire Corps specifically for Citizen Corps Councils, the Toolkit is a compilation of the tools and resources needed to promote and support Fire Corps programs in your region, state, or community…

·         MRC Participates in 9/11 Day of Service, HHS Secretary Releases Call to Action Video

On September 11th, 2009, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) participated in an event which commemorated the heroism of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and remembered their spirit of sacrifice and volunteerism as part of the first officially recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, Congressman Jim Moran, Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Karen Remley, and members of the Office of the Civilian Volunteer, Medical Reserve Corps (OCVMRC) visited a mass vaccination exercise at the T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA…

·         Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Application Period Opens September 21

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will open the FY2009 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant application period on September 21 at 8 a.m. EDT. Help your department apply for funds to support important programs including Fire Corps activities…

Flu.gov has recently added school-located vaccination planning materials to its website. These documents were designed to provide information for planning and conducting school-located 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination clinics that target school-aged children enrolled in school and potentially other groups in the community…

September is National Preparedness Month and a great opportunity for your household, business, or community to focus on preparedness. It is recommended that all Americans have an emergency supply kit and an emergency plan, and be informed about the different emergencies that can happen in their area and the appropriate responses. Getting prepared can be as easy as following these steps…

Flu.gov has recently posted new guidance to help small businesses write a preparedness plan and protect the health of employees. To help businesses understand this new guidance, Flu.gov will host a "Know What to Do About the Flu Webcast for Small Businesses" today, Friday, Sep 18th at 1pm EDT…

The National Commission on Children and Disasters approved an Interim Report to President Obama and Congress. The report identifies several shortcomings in disaster preparedness, response and recovery and provides recommendations designed to make children an immediate priority in disaster planning…

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) conducted a webinar, "Protect Your College & Students From H1N1 This Fall," to help educate member colleges about preventing the spread of "swine" flu and preparing for a possible outbreak on campus…

The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security is pleased to announce its Annual Essay Competition. This competition strives to stimulate original thought on issues in Homeland Security and Homeland Defense. This year’s essay question: "How can, or should, the United States make homeland security a more layered, networked, and resilient endeavor involving all citizens?"…

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano joined Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza Division Deputy Director Daniel Jernigan to announce a preparedness guide to assist small businesses in planning for the H1N1 flu…

This Citizen Corps News Weekly Digest is emailed once a week to our subscribers. If you wish to receive community preparedness news each day, please sign up to receive our Community Preparedness News RSS feed, download the Community Preparedness News Widget, or visit our News & Events webpage.

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