This Citizen Corps News Digest is provided by FEMA's Individual & Community Preparedness Division to highlight community preparedness and resilience resources and activities recently announced by federal agencies and Citizen Corps partners.

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Coming Soon: The Great ShakeOut

The September 30, 2014 National PrepareAthon! Day may be over, but another exciting preparedness initiative is just around the corner! Join the millions of people, schools, and organizations worldwide who will participate in earthquake drills as part of the Great ShakeOut on Thursday, October 16 at 10:16 a.m. Participants will Drop, Cover, and Hold On, practicing the appropriate protective actions to take in response to earthquakes.

Sign up and be counted! Make sure to register your participation on the ShakeOut website. Can't participate on October 16? No worries – You can select another day during the month of October.

To learn more about Great ShakeOut, visit . You'll find valuable information about this initiative, including an earthquake preparedness guide for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs .

Practicing for disasters is a great opportunity to engage your entire family in preparedness. Check out FEMA's new animated video “When The Earth Shakes” to see what you can do to prepare for earthquakes.


Louisa County Virginia Takes Earthquake Action

Louisa County (VA) Public Schools called on six local schools to take action on National PrepareAthon! Day to prepare for earthquakes. Nearly 6,000 students and staff participated! In addition, over 2,000 elementary students received a disaster supply kit list to take home with them, to help spark a conversation with their families about preparedness, and to encourage students and their families to work together to build a home disaster supply kit . The main event took place at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School with a school-wide earthquake drill on September 30. The school recently re-opened after being damaged in the 2011 earthquake in Mineral, VA.

The entire school day at Thomas Jefferson Elementary was devoted to disaster preparedness, beginning with 30-minute assemblies for all students. Students learned how to build supply kits, make a plan, and take the appropriate protective actions during earthquakes with the help of FEMA's animated video “When the Earth Shakes.” Following the assemblies, students practiced how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On as part of the earthquake drill. Activities in each of the science and English classes throughout the day also focused on preparedness and being ready for emergencies!

To learn more about Louisa County's PrepareAthon!, please check out this story featured on .


Webinar: Citizen Corps and CERT Showcase

How does your Citizen Corps or CERT program compare with others around the country? The National Citizen Corps and CERT Program Office will host a webinar on October 15, 2014 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) to showcase registration data collected from local Citizen Corps and CERT programs last year and discuss updates to the registration system.

This webinar will highlight strengths, document national trends, and also identify needs and potential areas of growth for Citizen Corps Councils and CERT Programs. We will also clarify how the National Program Office uses your registration data to demonstrate how your programs contribute to resilience at the local, county, tribal, and state levels, and to make the case for continued support for Citizen Corps and CERT.

In addition, the webinar will present recent enhancements to the registration website, as well as anticipated new features, such as a future capability allowing state and local programs to generate their own individual reports based on the data they've entered. This is intended to make it easier for programs to use their data to demonstrate the value they bring to their communities, justify continued support, highlight areas of growth, identify needs for new resources, and set strategic direction.

We hope to see you on the webinar! Additional details are below.


  • Wednesday October 15, 2014
  • 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time /10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

Join the Webinar


National Sheriffs' Association App Helps Animals Too

Our nation is built on the strength of our citizens. Citizen Corps' partner programs help build capacity for first responders through the use of volunteers throughout the country. One of those partner programs, the National Neighborhood Watch (NNW), empowers citizens to become active in community efforts through participation in Neighborhood Watch groups. NNW is a division of the National Sheriffs' Association.

The National Sheriffs' Association offers a mobile app, ICE BlackBox , to help support Neighborhood Watch volunteers in their community safety efforts. In partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, the National Sheriffs' association will soon be launching a new feature in the app that will allow users to report animal abusers.

You can download the app to your Android or Apple device, and use it to record videos if you see something suspicious in your neighborhood. Videos are protected immediately once you begin recording, stored in a cloud, and cannot be deleted. There is also an option to call 911 from the app.

For more information about this app, please visit and .


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