BCFS EMD's training will also emphasize the importance of engaging individual community members as well as private sector businesses - ranging from grocery chains to energy companies - to ensure efficient and sufficient mass care efforts.
Even as additional resources are requested from state or federal governments, the responsibility to answer the immediate initial needs of communities impacted by an emergency will typically always fall on the local community," said BCFS President and CEO Kevin Dinnin.
Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas and with offices from coast-to-coast and on four continents, BCFS EMD is one of the top emergency management partners for FEMA, the U.
That's where disasters begin, and local governments become the initial lifeblood of survival," said Kari Tatro, BCFS Executive Vice President of Emergency Management.
BCFS EMD will also produce a pilot curriculum template for inclusion in FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness at its Noble Training Center located in Anniston, Alabama.
In addition to FEMA's whole community planning contract, BCFS EMD is also currently working with the City of Los Angeles to enhance their emergency management program to account for the whole community.
In recent years, BCFS has been part of many of the most high profile incidences experienced in the U.
Abroad, BCFS was called upon by the Sri Lankan government to provide emergency support after the devastating 2004 tsunami killed more than 225,000 people.