Any one who knows me at all knows that I am big on being prepared. That includes literacy. I am a Literacy volunteer and have been for about 20 years now. I love it. I used to work in a grocery store. It was amazing to see how many elderly people would not recognize their favorite products when the label or container was changed suddenly. I was so nieve. I had no idea there were so many people in our community who could not read. It was then that I realized the need to teach people to read.
Now I realize there are more ways we need to be prepared than just to read. We also need to know how to react once we know the dangers that face us. No matter what those dangers are, many people are unaware of them for various reasons. Many cannot read so they learn to lean on the understanding of others of the crisis that faces them on a daily basis.
You are very fortunate if you are reading this. Thank a teacher and your parents but mostly thank yourself for the desire to learn. Now is your opportunity to take that knowledge one step farther. The Government is offering Free Webinars to the public on everything from Financial Security to Disaster Preparedness. This is a great opportunity to sharpen our skills and learn.
I received this email today from the Government FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency. It tells of another way you can be better prepared:
FEMA’s Individual & Community Preparedness Division is excited to announce the sixth webinar in the Community Preparedness Webinar Series: National Financial Literacy Month: Operation HOPE and Emergency Financial Preparedness. The Community Preparedness Webinar Series provides up-to-date information on community preparedness topics and resources available to citizens, community organizations, and Citizen Corps Councils. This LIVE webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 1st at 2:00 EDT and will provide information about Operation HOPE, presented by HOPE Coalition America (HCA), the emergency preparedness and response division of Operation HOPE, Inc. Webinar login will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar and registration is not required. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
April is National Financial Literacy Month. Operation HOPE, America's leading nonprofit social investment banking and financial literacy empowerment organization, has developed a number of initiatives to provide financial literacy, financial preparedness, and financial emergency support. HOPE Coalition America provides free pre-disaster financial preparedness seminars and foreclosure prevention workshops for both individuals and organizations, and provides financial experts to assist communities after a disaster strikes. Operation HOPE and their HOPE Coalition America division serves as a resource network of companies, including banking, financial services, and insurance as well as government, social service and emergency relief organizations that mobilize to respond to disasters.
This webinar will highlight ways to work with Operation HOPE and resources available to engage community members in steps they should take to be financially prepared in the face of disaster. Some of the resources which will be highlighted include the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) and the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG). Jason Yancey, Operations Manager from HOPE Coalition America (HCA), will discuss HOPE Coalition America’s function and the importance of financial literacy to disaster preparedness.
The Community Preparedness Webinar Series features new community preparedness topics several times each month and is free to the public. Each webinar will accommodate the first 500 visitors that enter the website at the time of the webinar. In addition to airing live, the webinar will be recorded and viewable at your convenience on the Citizen Corps website (www.citizencorps.gov) usually within 24 hours after the live webcast. To join the webinar live simply go to http://www.citizencorps.gov/news/webcasts/operationhopewebinar.shtm and click on the button on the upper right side of the page that says "Join the Webinar". The button will be live 10 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. Sign in as a guest.
If you need special accommodations or require additional assistance to view or listen to this webinar, please email us at email@example.com no later than 5pm EST on Tuesday, March 30th and we will provide you with additional resources so you may participate.
More details on this webinar and upcoming webinars in the Community Preparedness Webinar Series are available at http://www.citizencorps.gov/news/webcasts.shtm.
The National Office of Citizen Corps
FEMA Individual & Community Preparedness Division