Request for Community Feedback: FEMA National Preparedness Messaging

In an effort to better serve all populations, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA’s) Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) is reviewing the efficacy of national preparedness messaging within historically underserved communities. As part of this assessment, ICPD is asking partner organizations to host discussions with both constituents from underserved communities and community leaders. FEMA is asking that all meetings occur by November 1, 2016 and that meeting notes be returned by November 14, 2016. Findings from these discussions will help FEMA better tailor its preparedness messaging to reach all Americans.

To support efforts essential for this request FEMA developed an easy-to-use facilitation guide and accompanying worksheets, on how to effectively host a meeting and provide feedback to ICPD. Local health officials and other preparedness staff are encouraged to invite as many people as you wish to these meetings, but FEMA recommends about 6–10 participants. The above linked facilitation guide suggests a meeting length of less than 90 minutes. The conversations should aim to bring to light key areas of improvement for FEMA communications.

Any questions or inquiries should be directed to Marvin SaintPreux regarding this effort.

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