The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun its National Level Exercise (NLE) 2018, an event that brings together more than 250 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments, private industry, and nonprofit organizations to test their emergency response to a simulated major disaster. Through May 11, these organizations are coordinating together and using established plans, policies, and procedures to prepare for and respond to a Mid-Atlantic hurricane scenario near Hampton Roads, Virginia. FEMA Administrator Brock Long said, “NLE 2018 serves as the culminating effort to exercise the nation’s response capabilities before the 2018 [hurricane] season.” To help your communities prepare as well, please share the following FEMA tips and resources with your residents:
- Download the FEMA App.
- Create and test a Family Communications Plan.
- Document and insure your property to ensure that you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild, or replace whatever is damaged.
- Learn about purchasing flood insurance.
- Strengthen your financial preparedness by collecting and securing personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records.
- Get trained because you could be the one to help others until help arrives.
- Join the FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center.
- More info on FEMA’s National Level Exercise 2018.