Archives for March 2012

Operation Hope- Post-disaster financial documents

As some of you may know, FEMA signed an agreement with Operation Hope in April of last year to help take the next step in supporting the financial empowerment of those affected by a disaster. To learn more about  Operation Hope, the support that they can provide following disasters, and how you can help connect to their services check out the documents below which can be found here: Operation Hope Post-disaster Financial support documents

Here is a list of the documents in the link:

Presidentially Declared Disaster – Color
HCA Services – Complete List – Color
Emergency Financial First Aid Kit
FEMA and Operation HOPE MOA
HCA Services – Presidentially Declared Disaster – Color – Spanish


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COPE Preparedness – Map Your Neighborhood Event

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Southern California Edison (SCE) continues to make progress restoring services to those experiencing a service outage related to the recent winter like storm.
As of 4:30 PM, SCE reports the following customers remain without service:

Santa Monica(42), South Bay(44),Compton(32), Long Beach(46), Whittier(47), Montebello(22), Monrovia(27), and Norwalk(152)

Further information on SCE’s response and current outages can be found on their website at:

Volunteer victims needed for Area E Fire MCI Drill

Volunteer Victims and Moulage Artists needed for a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Drill for the Area E Fire Departments (Compton, Vernon, Downey, Santa Fe Springs, La Habra Heights).
The Area E Fire MCI Drill will be held on three different days, but it will be the same drill, repeated each day, so as to allow each different Area E Fire Dept shift rotation to participate.  We are looking for at least 30-35 volunteer victims, and 3-4 moulage artists to help prepare the victims and stage them accordingly.       [Read more…]

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AARP Foundation Women's

Dear Colleagues,I am writing to inform you about the AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program. AARP Foundation is helping win back opportunity for low-income 50+ women by funding education, training, and skills upgrades that can lead to better employment and increased financial security for women and their families. Please spread the word on this wonderful opportunity. I have attached a flyer and included a blurb below for you to copy and paste into an email blast. Thank you for spreading the word.

AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program

The AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program is helping win back opportunity for low-income 50+ women by funding education, training, and skills upgrades that can lead to better employment and increased financial security for women and their families.  Since 2007, The AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to more than 800 eligible women — facilitating their entry into programs they may otherwise be unable to afford, and ultimately helping them recover from the recent recession.

The scholarship application period for the 2012-2013 academic year opened February 1st and closes  Friday March 30, 2012 at 5:00pm CST.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and apply online, please visit:

Susan Caicedo | Program Analyst

AARP Foundation | Income |  (202) 434-6053 | Fax: (202) 434-6582

601 E St., NW | Washington, D.C. 20049

Five Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Mobile Website

Heather Mansfield’s great blog Nonprofit Tech 2.0: A Social Media Guide for Nonprofits has been invaluable to ENLA staff as we embark on this often confusing journey, updating the technology ENLA uses to communicate with members and partners.  This really useful blog post caught our eye.  Here’s a short excerpt:

With smartphones now outselling PCs and tablet sales surpassing even the most conservative of estimates, the majority of your nonprofit’s supporters will likely be browsing your website on mobile devices by 2013 – and unfortunately most nonprofits are not prepared for this dramatic shift in Web communications. That said, the following is a short excerpt from Chapter 9 of  Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits. The how-to of launching a mobile website and best practices for mobile design are covered in the book, however, they are also presented and elaborated upon in the upcoming webinar on Mobile Technology and Mobile Fundraising for Nonprofits.

For the most part, nonprofits have been slow to launch mobile websites. In 2009 and 2010, nonprofits were busy launching and improving their social media campaigns. The Mobile Web was on their to-do list, but it was relegated to 2011 and 2012. There were some early adopters, but for the most part nonprofits felt overwhelmed by the prospect of launching a mobile website. Thankfully, it’s not that difficult or expensive, but first it’s important to understand why your nonprofit needs a mobile website.

Find all 10 reasons on Heather’s blog here:

FEMA Corps Program

Announcing the Creation of FEMA Corps


Along with our partners at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), we announced the creation of FEMA Corps, which sets the foundation for a new generation of emergency managers.  FEMA Corps leverages a newly-created unit of 1,600 service corps members from AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps who are solely devoted to FEMA disaster response and recovery.

The full-time residential service program is for individuals ages 18-24, and members will serve a one-year term including a minimum of 1,700 hours, providing support working directly with disaster survivors. The first members will begin serving in this August and the program will reach its full capacity within 18 months.

The program will enhance the federal government’s disaster capabilities, increase the reliability and diversity of the disaster workforce, promote an ethos of service, and expand education and economic opportunity for young people.

The Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, remarked:

…[FEMA Corps], helps communities recover, it trains young people, helps them pay for college, and it doesn’t cost taxpayers an additional dime. Whether you’re a young person looking for work, a member of the community that’s been hit by a flood or a tornado or just a citizen who wants your tax dollars to be spent as wisely as possible, this is a program you can be proud of. This is really government at its best.

And it’s part of the president’s larger vision for an America built to last. Today, so many of our young people have shown that they’re willing to do their part to work hard, act responsibly and contribute to their communities. But in tough economic times, it’s up to all of us to make sure that their hard work and responsibility still pays off.

We have to preserve what the President has called the basic promise of America, that no matter who you are, where you come from, you can make it if you try, if you fulfill your responsibilities and you make a contribution.

During the event, DHS Secretary described the program:

First and most important, it will help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters by supporting disaster recovery centers, assisting in logistics, community relations and outreach, and performing other critical functions.

We know from experience that quick deployment of trained personnel is critical during a crisis. The FEMA Corps will provide a pool of trained personnel, and it will also pay long-term dividends by adding depth to our reserves — individuals trained in every aspect of disaster response who augment our full-time FEMA staff.

Second, the Corps will help us make the best use of taxpayer funds as we bring in FEMA Corps members at a significantly lower cost.

Third, FEMA Corps will provide participants with critical job skills and training. Emergency management is a growing field, much larger than FEMA alone. The recent high school and college graduates entering this program will emerge with the training and the on-the-ground experience that provides a clear pathway into this critical profession.

And finally, this Corps — it encourages and supports the ethic of public service tapping the energy and dedication to helping their communities that we see among so many young adults today. Many here today, myself included, know that a career in public service presents opportunities and rewards far beyond paychecks.

The new initiative will promote an ethos of national service and civic engagement by mobilizing corps members and community volunteers to provide critical disaster services. Once trained by FEMA and CNCS, members will provide support in areas ranging from working directly with disaster survivors, to supporting disaster recovering centers, and sharing valuable disaster information with the public.

Robert Velasco, Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, spoke about this new chapter in national service:

By opening up new pathways in emergency management, this partnership will give thousands of young people the opportunity to serve their country and gain the skills and training they need to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow.  This is a historic new chapter in the history of national service that will enhance our nation’s disaster capabilities and promote an ethic of national service while achieving significant cost savings for the taxpayer.

FEMA Deputy Administrator Serino discussed the importance of FEMA Corps:

People have asked, why is this important? Looking into the eyes of those affected, looking at communities that are devastated, having young people that can step up and help out in the time of a disaster who are trained will make a difference in people’s lives. That’s why we’re doing this.

As we continue to move forward and we look for opportunities to be more efficient, to look for opportunities to get young people involved in government, to get young people involved in service to their country, [we] will make a difference. We’ve had the opportunity to work with CNCS in AmeriCorps in the past, and this is broadening that — expanding it, so we have the opportunity to bring this talented, young, will-be-trained workforce to help our staff.

They are augmenting our reservists, augmenting our full-time employees. This will be an opportunity for us to strengthen our nation’s disaster response capabilities, create pathways for young people and really help the ethos of national service.

Mayor Walter Maddox, Tuscaloosa, Ala. also attended today’s announcement, and from the perspective a mayor of a town still recovering from a major disaster last year, the mayor expressed his excitement about the new agreement:

This new partnership between FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service will be crucial in supporting cities, counties and states in their time of need.  I commend FEMA and CNCS for understanding that to effectively respond during a crisis, we have to extend beyond political, geographical and even bureaucratic boundaries to ensure all resources are made available to the citizens we serve.

To recap, the purpose of the program is:

  • Strengthening the Nation’s Disaster Response Capacity: The partnership will provide a trained and reliable resource dedicated to support disaster operations, while enhancing the entire emergency management workforce.
  • Creating Pathways to Work for Young People:  By providing training, experience, and educational opportunity, the partnership will prepare thousands of young people for careers in emergency management and related fields.
  • Promoting an Ethos of National Service:  The partnership will strengthen our nation’s culture of service and civic engagement by mobilizing corps members and community volunteers to provide critical disaster services.
  • Modernizing Government Operations to Improve Performance:  By working together, CNCS and FEMA will advance the President’s management goals of working across government, managing across sectors, and promoting efficiency.

To learn more about the new program, visit the AmeriCorps website or our FEMA Corps page