May 31, 2019
Ignite Community Change:
Creating a Culture of Preparedness
Tuesday June 25
10 AM or 6:30 PM
This workshop is free and open to all.
Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. And yet, we know in New England that our local emergency managers have many other duties and may struggle to prioritize preparedness outreach in their community. Let’s all get involved in making preparedness a part of our local culture. Find (or be) the spark and engage community members, volunteers, youth, CERT teams, Community Organizations Active in Disasters, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters and your local emergency manager to lead a community preparedness campaign.
Come learn about all the free individual preparedness tools FEMA has to offer to help you launch a community preparedness campaign among your friends, family, neighbors, or community wide. We’ll give an overview of FEMA’s Individual and community preparedness menu of choices such as Prepareathon, Until Help Arrives, youth engagement strategies, connecting your CERT team with these activities, and accessing technical assistance directly from FEMA to support your local efforts. Anyone can lead a community preparedness campaign. Lead one in your community this year, come find out how!
Sara Varela is a contractor with Fors Marsh Group working as the Regional Preparedness Liaison (RPL) for FEMA Region I. She has been working in communications and community economic development since 1999. In her role as RPL for Region I she provides support and guidance in preparedness and outreach with topics such as regional strategic plans, training needs, community engagement, youth outreach, and customer service. She engages, maintains, and builds community relations across New England to create a culture of preparedness in all sectors of society. This whole community approach is essential to FEMA’s mission. Engaging faith-based organizations, community based organizations, schools, municipalities, and many others with the emergency management field at the state, local and federal level is key to Varela’s role in the Region.