When Disaster Strikes, Are You Ready? FEMA Is!
Sunday, January 22, 2:30 pm via Zoom

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA accomplishes the mission by performing the emergency management cycle — preparing, responding, recovering, and mitigating natural and man-made hazards — supporting states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, and local communities.

Dr. Jay Van Der Werff, FEMA’s National Preparedness Division Director and Federal Preparedness Coordinator for Region 7, will discuss the following:

  • Preparedness — includes assisting state, tribal, territories, and locals with emergency planning; training and exercise support for the emergency management community; outreach to community organizations that assist during disasters; and provide funding through grant programs.
  • Response — at the onset of a presidentially declared disaster, FEMA provides key personnel as liaisons to the states, tribal, and territorial governments — initial assistance is provided by the Incident Management Assistance Team and follow-on support is provided by the breadth of skillsets in FEMA.
  • Recovery — FEMA delivers programs and funding to individuals, communities, and the private sector, and provides technical expertise to affected levels of government to support long-term recovery efforts through the national disaster framework.
  • Mitigation — actions within FEMA that aim toward a long-term solution to identified hazards making communities and individuals more disaster resistant.

Disasters can occur anywhere and at any time. The life you have built is worth protecting, and preparation can create a legacy for you and your family. Keeping your loved ones, your home, and your workplace starts with preparedness.

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Theodore Talks take place on Zoom on the fourth Sunday of each month at 2:30 pm, Central time. A list of future Theodore Talks can be found on the national Events Calendar (https://www.us.mensa.org/attend/calendar/). For more information or questions, contact Brad Lucht at: [email protected].