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Coalition members:

National Police Week occurs each year and recognizes the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers nationwide. This week, we pay special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.Join in today and take a minute to thank a law enforcement member in your community.

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In the words of Roberto Hylton, retired police chief and FEMA Senior Law Enforcement Advisor, “When disasters strike, an officer’s primary function is to make sure the community is safe to operate in and then to stabilize the community by supporting emergency operations including emergency communications, search and rescue operational support, and other lifesaving missions. This first mission is critical – it enables the rest of the emergency management team to do their jobs. Whether it’s responding to a hurricane, flood, or other disaster … police are often first on the scene and secure the areas so further help can arrive.”

Do you have experience working with law enforcement in preparedness activities?We invite you to weigh in here.

Finally, if you are a law enforcement officer or know one, there are some great longstanding resources for training first responders including the Emergency Management Institute and Center for Domestic Preparedness. Through FEMA’s National Training and Education Division, law enforcement organizations can use FEMA’s training programs often at little to no cost.


With the June 1st start of hurricane season just around the corner, and in preparation for National Hurricane Preparedness Week, we want to encourage you and your family members to think about how you can prepare.


One way we’re encouraging folks to prepare is by signing up to receive hurricane safety tips directly to your mobile phone. By texting HURRICANE to 43362 (4FEMA), you can sign up to receive bi-weekly hurricane safety tips. These tips are friendly reminders of the steps you can take to prepare your family and home from a hurricane.


For more safety tip lists, head over to or (on your mobile phone) for subscription options and a list of commands you can use when texting 43362.


Join Deputy Administrator Richard Serino for the next FEMA Think Tank conference call on May 28, 2013. This month’s call will be held in New York City, in partnership with UNICEF, and will focus on disaster survivor stories and international emergency worker experiences to encourage a more disaster-survivor-centric approach to emergency management at every level.

If you’ve been impacted by a disaster, or know someone who has, visit our online forumto contribute ideas and comments for discussion on the upcoming call. Check for more details about this month’s call or to learn more about the FEMA Think Tank.


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Updated: May 17, 2013 — 11:44 am

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 20th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural Missouri, just a few miles from the Big Muddy. Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises. Since 1997, he has provided guidance, authentic government survival history, and commentary on why we all need to get ready for that fateful day in the future, when we have to get our hands dirty and step in to save the day. He is an award winning videographer (2005 Telly Award), has received state and national scholarly recognition (2006 New Century Scholar and All USA Academic Team), and is a natural with computers, technology, gadgets, small furry mammals, and anything on wheels. Rich likes making friends, solving problems, and creating solutions to everyday issues. He doesn't mind mixing things up, when there is a teaching moment ready to happen. As a constitutional conservative, he's staying quite busy these days. The SurvivalRing Radio Show at will be coming back SOON!

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