National Urban Areas Security Initiative & Homeland Security Conference

Sponsor:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Topics:
Disaster Recovery
Location:
San Francisco, CA
Date:
June 2011
Participants:
100

ENHANCING CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

As part of the National Urban Areas Security Initiative & Homeland Security Conference, AmericaSpeaks facilitated a two-hour breakout session on Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management. During the breakout session, nearly 100 conference attendees reviewed whole community philosophy principles and strategies, and developed actions to operationalize the strategies.

Prior to the conference, FEMA conducted research and solicited input and ideas at workshops and listening sessions with communities around the country and through engagement of a core working group about how to encourage sustained community participation and involvement in all phases of the disaster cycle—at local, regional, and national levels.

Based on this research and outreach, FEMA’s Office of Policy and Program Analysis, National Planning Coordination and Assistance Branch, and Individual and Community Preparedness Division, have supported a working group of diverse partners in developing a document to assist emergency managers in effectively engaging the whole community.

The development of the document will continue after the session and will eventually be released by FEMA for communities around the country.  The session facilitated by AmericaSpeaks helped to develop actions for each strategy that will be refined and added to the document.