Category Archives: Exercises

National Mass Care Webinar Series: “National Mass Care Exercise: Helping to Build State Capability”

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the National Mass Care Council hosted the 2nd installment of the National Mass Care Strategy webinar series– “National Mass Care Exercise: Helping to Build the State Capability”. The panel of presenters represented government, private sector and voluntary agencies:

  • Michael Whitehead – State of Florida
  • Sue Bush – State of Washington
  • Brian Head – Sysco Corporation
  • Jono Anzalone – American Red Cross

During the webinar speakers discussed the history of the National Mass Care Exercise, the exercise experience and lessons learned and how mass care exercises can be used to build state capability. The presentation slides from this presentation are available here. The webinar, “National Mass Care Exercise: Helping to Build State Capability“, is now available on demand.

Please let us know about your experience with the second installment of the National Mass Care Strategy Webinar Series by participating in our survey. We encourage you to keep the conversation going on the web at  and on Twitter @mass_care.

Upcoming Webinar: Promising Practices for the Whole Community – Part One

FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) announces the first of our yearlong series of webinars on promising practices for the inclusion of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in emergency preparedness and disaster response and recovery.

Currently most disaster and emergency response systems do not adequately address the communication access needs of people who are deaf or hard of hearing, causing a lack of access to important and lifesaving information and services. The complexities of language and cultural differences pose serious barriers to first responders and emergency providers in reaching people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Sign language interpreters are key cultural and linguistic linkages providing access to actionable information. The Office for Access and Functional Needs (OAFN) was created within California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) in 2008 with the purpose of identifying the needs of people with disabilities before, during and after a disaster and integrating disability needs and resources into all aspects of emergency management systems. Cal OES, through OAFN established the Disaster Response Interpreter (DRI) training program to credential certified sign language interpreters, formalizing a statewide system of securing and deploying qualified interpreters during a disaster to provide communication access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. This Webinar will provide an overview of California’s DRI Program with recommendations on how this promising practice can be replicated.

When: March 11, 2014     2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

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National Mass Care Exercise: Helping to Build State Capability

Webinar Series

“National Mass Care Exercise:  Helping to Build State Capability”

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST


Jono Anzalone, American Red Cross

Sue Bush, State of Washington

Brian Head, Sysco Corporation

Michael Whitehead, State of Florida



This National Mass Care Strategy webinar will focus on the integration of state, local, nongovernmental organizations and private sector as they participate in National Mass Care Exercises and apply lessons learned in life sustaining disaster response.


Teleconference number:

800-320-4330, Pin: 524627

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2013 National Mass Care Exercise After Action Report Released

The 2013 National Mass Care Exercise was conducted May 20-23, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida in conjunction with the 2013 Florida Statewide Hurricane Exercise. Sponsored by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, FEMA and the American Red Cross, 60 players, controllers and evaluators representing the whole community and all levels of government, nongovernment and private sector agencies participated. The 2013 National Mass Care Exercise was designed to test the concepts of state Sheltering and Feeding Task Forces. All of the participants benefited from the training offered by the exercise and from the professional development opportunities that came from interaction with such a broad array of experienced mass care professionals from so many agencies across the nation.

Download the National Mass Care Exercise After Action Report.