FEMA: Agency and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release PrepTalk on Financial Literacy

FEMA, in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, released today the seventh video presentation from the inaugural PrepTalks Symposium, John Hope Bryant’s “Financial Literacy and Overcoming Liquid Asset Poverty.” Bryant is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc., a nonprofit provider of financial dignity education and economic empowerment programs.

In his PrepTalk, Bryant, makes an impassioned case for emergency managers to make financial literacy a priority in their communities. Some neighborhoods are in crisis before a disaster ever hits. Bryant asks emergency managers to consider how disaster recovery dollars could improve the financial resilience of community members who live in poverty.

Bryant is the author of the bestselling books “The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation” and “How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class.” Operation HOPE, Inc. and FEMA work together to provide the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) to help people compile and safeguard critical documents. The EFFAK is available on FEMA’s website at www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness.

Bryant’s presentation, the question-and-answer session that followed, a discussion guide, and additional reference materials are available at https://www.fema.gov/preptalks. This is the seventh video of eight being produced from the PrepTalks Symposium held in Washington, D.C. in January. The final video from the PrepTalks Symposium will be released in April. The next PrepTalks Symposium is tentatively scheduled for fall of 2018.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

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