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Resiliency Digest
February 2019
News & tips for being ready
before, during, and after emergencies.
Tips to Financially Weather a Disaster
Emergency preparedness can’t necessarily prevent a weather disaster or other emergency, but it can prevent additional heartache, costs, and frustration. And depending on the magnitude and spread of the disaster, your family’s and community’s preparedness and resiliency may be the key factor for recovery. 
When the topic of preparedness comes up, you likely hear about the importance of life saving skills, winterizing your vehicle, and assembling emergency supplies. But what may be less discussed is the importance of financial preparedness and the steps needed to get there. From gathering critical financial, household, and medical information to reviewing insurance policies, these 3 Financial Preparedness Tips will help you safeguard your financial future.

Ready to get started? Paper copies of the FEMA Finanacial First Aid Kit are available by contacting Rebecca Joyce at

For additional resources to help you, your family, or your organization become financially prepared for a disaster, visit,, and download FEMA’s Emergency Financial First Aid Kit.
Don't Overlook These Winter Hazards
Most of us are aware of the increased dangers of falls, frostbite, auto accidents, fires, and carbon monoxide poisoning during the winter, but what about substances we routinely use around the house that are more prominent in the cold months? Antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, ice-melt chemicals, cold/flu medicines, and lamp oil can all cause serious injury or death when improperly used or ingested, especially by children or pets.

Keep this Poisoning Hazards publication from the Blue Ridge Poison Center handy, as well as the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) number in your phone.
Join Your Neighbors in Supporting Your Community
Around the country, Community Emergency Response Team members come together to help their neighbors before, during, and after emergencies. CERT Teams are made up of citizens just like you, each contributing their unique talents and strengths for the safety and preparedness of their communities. Backed by basic disaster response training, these volunteers empower themselves and their neighbors to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations.
Why CERT?  In a disaster, emergency personnel may be unable to reach affected areas, communication lines may be down, or fire and rescue may be inundated with calls and stretched thin. At times like these, CERT members respond with crucial community services such as fire safety, light search and rescue, organization of shelters, and basic triage and first aid. You’ll also find your CERT neighbors out and about in your community, promoting preparedness, installing smoke alarms, and practicing emergency drills. 

Want to learn more about CERT and how you can help your neighbors in the Shenandoah Valley? Contact CERT Coordinator, Rebecca Joyce today! 
Community Resiliency Achievements & Announcements
ATTENTION Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro CERT Members!

The SAW CERT Annual Meeting and Advanced CERT Leadership Training will be held Monday, February 25 th 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Central Shenandoah PDC Office, 112 MacTanly Place, Staunton.

All CERT members are invited to attend our annual meeting to discuss the coming year for SAW CERT and provide your input. We will also have a brief advanced session on CERT Leadership which will be new for some and a refresher for others. As CERT members, we are all leaders and this valuable training sharpens our leadership skills for CERT and beyond!

Pizza will be provided so come hungry! Please RSVP to Rebecca ( or 540-885-5174) by February 18 th if you will be attending.
For additional resources to help protect yourself, loved ones, and property, visit the National Weather Service, , U.S. Fire Administration , and the National Safety Council .  
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