FEMA training ensures Guam is disaster-ready
In the event of a major disaster, FEMA is ready to offer assistance and in preparing for those incidents they ensure that our government agencies are all on the same page to make disaster response seamless through training.
When disaster strikes Guam must be ready to deal with the aftermath and over the next three days Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing training to various government agencies to develop mass care and emergency assistance support capacity. FEMA Region 3 recovery program specialist Michael Kapuscinski told KUAM News, "The focus of this training is under the Mass Care Emergency Assistance Program that's under our Individual Assistance Group. And what this is it goes through each of the different areas of mass care emergency assistance and explains how the coordination efforts can happen between the state or in this case how the groups on the island would be able to work together."
The training prepares FEMA staff and partner organizations to perform mass care emergency assistance tasks during disaster operations, with Kapuscinski adding, "The different areas of mass care are broken up into feeding, sheltering and we also have the reunification services distribution of supplies and a lot of times these different areas are broken up and headed by a lot of different organizations so this way what we are trying to do in this course is give different ideas or ways the groups can work together."
When it comes to mass care he says it focuses on providing disaster assistance to a large group of individuals such as those who may have been displaced or sought shelter, explaining, "We are also looking into evacuation support needing to move people from one area to another taking into account people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs making sure their specific needs are taken cared of as well as pets making sure that they are getting addressed."
Kapuscinski says that emergency assistance falls under mass care focuses specifically on quick life-saving, life-sustaining responses such as evacuations and reunification support. He says that this type of training is integral to the island because it shows the ties between the government and the federal government and what resources are available at the federal level in times of a disaster declaration.