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Employee & Family Readiness Blog

  • Slam the Scam – How to Spot Suspicious Calls

    Have you ever received an ominous call or message from someone pretending to be a government official alleging that your information has been compromised or demanding a form of payment?

  • Women’s Health

    Women face diverse and unique health challenges that can affect their overall wellbeing. The good news is that it’s never too late to take steps in living a healthy life. Here are several steps that women of all ages can take to help stay healthy.

  • Advocate for Your Health

    Being your own health advocate helps ensure you receive the quality healthcare you deserve. Use these tips before, during, and after your medical appointment to make sure you receive the best possible care:

  • FEMA Employee Finds New Lifesaving and Life-Sustaining Commodities

    When Michael Cuccio joined FEMA as the Supply Chain Integration Branch Chief two and a half years ago, he realized there was room to evaluate the agency’s current procurement practices for both water and the meals they provide during disaster response. Prior to his arrival, his new team had already started exploring options for water delivery that didn’t include bottled water, but they did not commit to a new product.

  • Summer Camps

    Did you know your Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you find summer camps for your children? Enrolling in a summer camp can help your children gain skills, build confidence, and learn responsibility.

  • FEMA’s Yolanda Jackson – A Champion of Equity

    Some people may one day look back on their career and wonder if they made a difference. Yolanda Jackson, a Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 10 Field Leadership Directorate Federal Coordinating Officer, won’t have that problem. It has been a personal mission, something engrained in her DNA, to ensure that all people across the country receive the resources and support they need.

  • Exercising for Fun

    Incorporating exercise into your daily routine is important for both your mental and physical health. Adding fun elements to your workout routine can help motivate you to make your workout a habit that will reap a variety of health benefits.

  • Extreme Rescue: Coast Guard MH-60 Helicopter Pilot Receives DHS Secretary’s Award for Valor

    At 5:30 p.m. on November 1, 2020, an alarm sounded at Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, Alaska. An Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon registered to fishing vessel Irony had been activated in Earnest Sound, 150 miles southeast of Sitka. “We had just finished dinner when the alarm went off,” said Orthman, a native of Chesterton, Indiana. “The thing that I remember the most is how bad the weather was initially when we departed. It was raining sideways. I thought, ‘okay, we’re doing this.’”

  • Alcohol Use and Your Health

    Like all drugs, consuming alcohol – on a single occasion or over time – can significantly affect your physical health, mental health, and quality of life. Alcohol consumption is associated with a variety of both short-term and long-term effects on the human body. If you choose to drink alcohol, there are several ways to decrease your risk for alcohol-related damage to your physical and mental health.

  • Extreme Rescue: Coast Guard MH-60 Flight Mechanic Receives DHS Secretary’s Award for Valor

    It wasn’t a typical rescue scenario. It was dark. 70 mph headwinds offshore reduced the speed at which Coast Guard Air Station Sitka’s MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew could reach the survivor. Zero visibility forced the team to navigate 265-miles around rugged terrain. There was no straight path to the 70-year-old man who was stranded in the water clinging to a piece of debris from his sunken boat.

Last Updated: 01/27/2022
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