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Citizen Corps News: Upcoming Events of Interest for Citizen
Corps Councils & Partners

wanted to share some useful
information from FEMA & Citizen Corps

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Subject: Citizen Corps News: Upcoming Events of Interest for Citizen
Corps Councils & Partners
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 17:39:02 -0500
From: FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Reply-To: FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Citizen Corps News: Upcoming Events of Interest for Citizen
Corps Councils & Partners

Citizen Corps supports weekly and monthly outreach themes which
encourage and promote civic engagement, public safety, preparedness,
resilience, and volunteerism.
The outreach themes are intended to be used as an opportunity to jump
start work with additional Citizen Corps Affiliates and Partners on
promoting awareness, planning events, and media outreach to strengthen
community preparedness at the state and local level.
Local Citizen Corps Councils and partners may contact local
representatives from the organizations below to learn how the community
can benefit from involvement, reach out to citizens about
participation, and involve the local media in distributing information
on these events.
These events will help raise awareness for local Citizen Corps
activities and ultimately increase community preparedness, training,
and volunteer participation.

The following are the upcoming events for October:

  • Crime Prevention Month: More than twenty-five
    million Americans are victims of crime each year. October is Crime
    Prevention Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the practice of
    crime prevention while promoting awareness of important issues such as
    victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring
    communities. The month-long recognition highlights successful crime
    prevention efforts on the local, state, and national levels. Visit the “What You Can Do”
    webpage of the National Crime Prevention Council
    to find out how your community can support this month’s efforts to
    combat crime. Also, participate in Celebrating Safe Communities to
    kick-off Crime Prevention Month on October 1-3, 2009 (see below).
  • Diversity Awareness Month: October is Diversity
    Awareness Month. Consider meeting with area minority leaders – in
    businesses, schools, churches, and local organizations – to discuss
    their role in promoting community preparedness and Citizen Corps. You
    can also organize public speaking opportunities or radio interviews for
    leaders in your community to promote increased participation in
    preparedness from across the diverse sectors of your community. Visit
    the website for the National Resource Center on
    Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities

    for additional ideas, training materials, and resources.
  • National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: This
    October marks the fifth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
    The Department of Homeland Security’s
    National Cybersecurity Division (NCSD)
    is once again
    actively engaging public and private sector partners through events and
    initiatives to increase overall awareness and minimize vulnerabilities.
    National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a campaign designed to
    educate all citizens and key public and private sector partners on
    cyber threats and how to safeguard themselves at home, work and school.
    Visit the DHS Cybersecurity Awareness Month
    to learn more about how you can help contribute to
    your community’s cybersecurity awareness.
  • Celebrate Safe Communities (October 1-3, 2009):
    The National Sheriffs’ Association
    , the National Crime Prevention
    Council (NCPC)
    , and the Bureau of Justice Assistance
    are teaming up on Celebrate Safe Communities (CSC),
    an exciting initiative designed to help local law enforcement agencies
    and their community partners kick off events for Crime Prevention
    Month! Visit the NCPC webpage to see CSC In Action and learn
    how to get involved.
  • 28th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
    (October 2-4, 2009):
    This year, the National Fallen Firefighters
    Foundation (NFFF)
    and the Department of Homeland Security’s
    U.S. Fire Administration
    will recognize the 28th annual
    National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend on October 2-4, 2009.
    Plaques with the names of more than 3,300 firefighters who lost their
    lives in the line of duty will surround the memorial in Emmitsburg, MD,
    which was established in 1981. Visit the National Fallen Firefighters
    Memorial Weekend website
    for more information on this
    important event to honor America’s heroes.
  • Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10, 2009): Fire
    Prevention Week 2009, sponsored by the National Fire Prevention
    Association (NFPA)
    , focuses on burn awareness and
    prevention, as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of
    home fires.  Visit the NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week
    website to see more about what fire and life saving educators will be
    doing to promote fire safety this week, and learn how fire prevention
    focused outreach and education can be conducted in your community.
  • America’s Safe Schools Week (October 18-24, 2009):
    Join your local school district and the National School Safety Center
    in observing America’s Safe Schools Week. The goal for this campaign is
    to motivate key education and law enforcement policymakers, as well as
    students, parents and community residents, to vigorously advocate
    school safety. Work with your local educators, policymakers and
    community at large to support local school safety efforts. To find out
    more visit the National School Safety Center.
  • National School Bus Safety Week (October 19-23, 2009):
    The National Association for Pupil
    Transportation (NAPT)
    promotes National School Bus Safety
    Week the third week in October. During this week, the NAPT hosts the
    National School Bus Safety Poster Contest, which allows students to
    artistically represent a safety theme and have a chance to win a prize.
    This nationwide contest for students in grades K-8 is a great way to
    get youth involved in preparedness and safety education in their own
    education institutions. This year’s theme, "Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop
    Arm", and the winning poster can be seen on the National School Bus Safety Week
  • National Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31, 2009):
    The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and
    visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG-FREE AMERICA. The
    National Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the National Family Partnership
    , is an ideal way for individuals and communities to
    unite and take a visible stand against substance abuse. The NFP helps
    citizens across the nation come together to keep children, families and
    communities safe, healthy and drug-free, through parent training,
    networking and sponsoring the Red Ribbon Campaign. Visit the NFP’s National Red Ribbon Week
    website for more information and resources.
  • Make a Difference Day (October 24, 2009): Each
    year, the Points of Light
    Institute/Hands on Network
    sponsors Make A Difference Day.
    This year marks the 18th year for Make A Difference Day, which will be
    celebrated on the fourth Saturday of October. Last year, more than
    three million people served on the 2008 Make A Difference Day. The day
    connects people with opportunities to serve, increases the strength of
    communities and promotes civic engagement. Anyone can participate in
    this national day to help others. Visit the Make a Difference DAYtaBANK
    to find an opportunity in your community or engage your Citizen Corps
    Council or partners in continuing their service to the community
    through a project.

A complete list of weekly and monthly outreach themes for 2009
is available at www.citizencorps.gov/news/themes.shtm.




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