FEMA preparedness training for community-based organizations is now available in Spanish

To uphold FEMA’s core values of compassion, fairness, integrity and respect, it’s critical to deliver the agency’s programs and services in an equitable manner. One way FEMA can ensure equity is by making its training and resources accessible and effective for the nation’s diverse communities. To accomplish this, FEMA’s Individual Community and Preparedness Division is making the Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) training available in Spanish and will offer more languages in the future. OPEN provides the latest preparedness training for community-based organizations to help them continue operations and maintain services even during an emergency or disaster. These organizations strengthen the communities they serve – providing necessities such as food banks, childcare centers, shelters, houses of worship and small businesses. OPEN provides an overview of 10 preparedness actions community-based organizations can take before a disruption and helps these organizations develop disaster response plans. OPEN has both a self-guided online course for individuals and downloadable instructor-led materials for group training.

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