FEMA Releases New Training for Community-Based Organizations
Attention all Community-Based Organizations (CBOs)! In support of National Preparedness Month, FEMA recently released a new preparedness training to help you better prepare for disasters. Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) is designed for CBOs, including small businesses and nonprofits that support their local communities. Please consider taking this new and engaging course and watch this video to learn more.
You can also join FEMA on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss the new OPEN training, and how it will help CBOs prepare for incidents and continue providing services after a disaster. To register, click here.
According to the American Red Cross, 94 percent of small business owners believe a disaster could affect their business within the next two years. Disasters provide CBOs with unique challenges. For example, what happens when childcare centers and food banks are unable to reopen after a disaster occurs? With this valuable training, CBOs are empowered to prepare for disasters and continue to provide vital community services during times of need.
OPEN training will help you:
- Learn 10 actions you can take to keep your organization operating in the event of a disaster;
- Create a path forward to develop a disaster response plan;
- Ensure the safety of workers and individuals; and
- Stay strong in the face of all emergencies, including a pandemic.
FEMA’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan commits to training CBOs and non-profits to help them continue providing services after a disaster. These entities include, but are not limited to, faith-based organizations, food banks, childcare centers, shelters, and small businesses. They serve to strengthen their communities and provide help in “blue-sky” days and during emergencies, when need for their services may surge.
FEMA realizes that when CBOs are unable to operate during a disaster or emergency, the people who rely on them are left at risk. This can cause those affected by a disaster to be even more deeply impacted. OPEN allows CBOs to prepare for emergencies and continue serving their communities.