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Image of booksThe HBCU Emergency Management Consortium is collecting resources that focus on HBCUs and emergency response training. Check back often as we add resources to the Resource Center.

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  • HBCU on Campus Community Emergency Response Training Program. This webinar, conducted on March 31, 2022, is the launch of the HBCU-focused CERT program, with Dr. Donna Christensen leading the discussion.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Bomb Threat Resource Guide. This guide provides information on agency roles for emergency management, bomb-threat guidance and resources and mental health resources.
  • Caribbean/Latin America Disaster Readiness Manual, 2022/2023.This guide discusses climate changes in the coming decades; food and water insecurity; greenhouse warming; global food systems; lessons from COVID-19; air quality; and water security.
  • Emergency Management Institute’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Virtual Course: K0428 Train-The-Trainer (TTT). FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will offer the K0428 CERT Train-the-Trainer course online. The course dates and other course-related information are listed in the program announcement.
  • Disaster Recovery: Additional Actions Needed to Identify and Address Potential Recovery Barriers (GAO-22-104039). Thompson, Warren Release New Watchdog Report on Disaster Recovery Barriers, Lack of Equitable Outcomes. December 16, 2020 (WASHINGTON) – Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) released a report they requested from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the lack of equitable outcomes in disaster recovery programming across the Federal Government. In this report, the GAO found that there is a lack of available data on equitable recovery has made it difficult to draw complete conclusions about the direct impact of Federal programs on recovery outcomes. The GAO found that disaster recovery programs may help some communities more than others. For example, small towns and rural communities may lack the resources for full disaster recovery services compared to cities with significant tax revenue. Similarly, tribal nations may not have the resources to stand up and maintain an emergency management department. 
  • A Framework for Advancing Anti-Racism Strategy on Campus (National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education). The framework addresses ten priority areas where anti-racism strategies would significantly improve conditions for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students, faculty, and staff and that are applicable for a variety of college and university types.
  • State Administrative Agency (SAA) Contacts. The State Administrative Agency (SAA) is the only entity eligible to apply for and submit the application for the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) and its component programs — State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), and Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) — as well as the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Resources

COVID-19 Resources

FEMA’s Office of Equal Rights (OER) Resources

FEMA’s external stakeholders are a critical part of our nation’s emergency management team and we appreciate your engagement in these crucial conversations to identify actual and perceived biases impacting equal access to FEMA’s programs and activities.

NEW: Read FEMA’s response to the National Advisory Council’s Report to the FEMA Administrator (released in November 2020). This report marked the first time the NAC members were charged with specific areas of concern to address in the field of emergency management, rather than open-ended topics.  The report, and FEMA’s response, focuses on four main themes—equity, outcomes, coordination, and what works.

Building a Disaster-Resistant University (FEMA 443). This FEMA document provides planning guidance to higher education insitutions as they prepare to identify their risks, assess their vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards, and develop a hazard mitigation plan.

FEMA’s Civil Rights Summit Series 2020 After Action Report. This document summarizes the Summits presentation, leadership panel discussions, and question and answer topics, as well as key takeaways and next steps to further engage stakeholders and enhance equity, accessibility and environmental justice across FEMA programs and services. In addition, FEMA is providing information regarding a Request for Information (RFI) that can be viewed here

FEMA's Process Flowchart - How Does It Work? Recovering from a natural disaster can be difficult for you and your family.  When a disaster is declared by your local official and  State Governor, the President approves a disaster declaration for your State which encompasses approval for Individual Assistance.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can provide support to homeowners and renters who need assistance to recover. Review this diagram that outlines the process.


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