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Cooperation for National and Community Service Blog, by Erika Mahoney

Published: 2014-09-24
By: do1thing_emahoney

Changing How People See Emergency Preparedness, With Small Steps

By Erika Mahoney

Do 1 Thing group members including Erika Mahoney, Ronda Oberlin, and Wendy Galbreath with Craig Fugate, Bruce Lockwood, and other officials attend a White House ceremony honoring 2014 FEMA Individual and Community award winners.

AmeriCorps VISTA alum Erika Mahoney is being honored as an Individual and Community Preparedness Champion of Change

It is an honor for me to be chosen as a White House Champion of Change, particularly since I am representing Do 1 Thing, the non-profit program that I spent my life working on. I am so proud of the work we are doing and will continue to do in the future.

I feel very strongly that as a nation we need to build resiliency, one small step at a time. In particular, we must ensure that those who live in high-risk areas, such as flood plains, or those with greater vulnerability, such as people with disabilities, are prepared ahead of time for emergencies and disasters. If we want to see the United States have a strong culture of emergency preparedness, then we need to work one community, one family, one person at a time.

Erika MahoneyIf we want to see the United States have a strong culture of emergency preparedness, then we need to work one community, one family, one person at a time.- Erika Mahoney

Through AmeriCorps VISTA, I worked at Do 1 Thing right out of college. I was drawn to Do 1 Thing because it is built on the belief that everyone should have access to emergency preparedness information that is clear, concise, and free. People with disabilities and the elderly are among some of the very first groups I started working with, and I quickly realized that there is tremendous work to be done, particularly in those communities. I sought to create reading materials accessible to people with disabilities and the elderly. Large print, visual factsheets, braille, multiple languages, and audio are just some of the ways we have made our program accessible, but I knew that I had to stay longer to accomplish the things I wanted to accomplish. I offered to stay a second year, and during that year I was hired by the Michigan Region 1 Homeland Security Board to continue my work with Do 1 Thing.

Do 1 Thing has been an amazing and rewarding experience, and helping people prepare for emergencies and disasters has become my passion. Even as a child, I helped prepare my own family for emergencies, always asking my parents to make plans in case disaster strikes. We had sheltering plans, fire plans, emergency contacts, and meeting places. I began volunteering outside the home early on, as well. At the age of 12, I won the Youth Assistance Award for my volunteer work in my hometown of Rochester, Michigan. And at Michigan State University, I served in my dorm as the Community Service Director.

As Americans, it is important to remember to give back to the communities in which we work and live. I am proud of Do 1 Thing and of my work with the organization. While my career has been nontraditional, it has been incredibly rewarding. The Do 1 Thing program has grown from a small local organization into a national non-profit with community partners all across the country. I am so proud to be recognized as a Champion of Change, but I am even prouder that it is through the work of this fantastic program, Do 1 Thing.

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Cooperation for National and Community Service Blog, by Erika Mahoney

Published: 2014-09-24
By: do1thing_emahoney
The National Service Blog has chosen to post Erika Mahoney's blog aboput starting with Do 1 Thing and as a VISTA Alumni who is still getting thigs done.
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Do 1 Thing's Executive Director named White House Champion of Change.

Published: 2014-09-13
By: do1thing_emahoney
September 9th, 2014 Erika Mahoney, MS, PEM Do 1 Thing's Executive Director named White House Champion of Change.
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Do 1 Thing wins National FEMA Award

Published: 2014-09-04
Updated: 2014-09-10
By: do1thing_emahoney
Do 1 Thing has been announced as the winner of the 2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award Category of Awareness to Action!
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It is National Preparedness Month!

Published: 2014-09-01
By: do1thing_emahoney
Do 1 Thing want to remind and encourge all our Partners and Program Participants to Be Informed this month!
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September 4th MSP Prepare Fair

Published: 2014-08-17
By: do1thing_emahoney
The Prepare Fair is sponsored by the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) in partnership with Quicken Loans, Do 1 Thing and Opportunity Detroit. When: Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
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Cooperation for National and Community Service Blog, by Erika Mahoney

Published: 2014-09-24
By: do1thing_emahoney
The National Service Blog has chosen to post Erika Mahoney's blog aboput starting with Do 1 Thing and as a VISTA Alumni who is still getting thigs done.
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Do 1 Thing's Executive Director named White House Champion of Change.

Published: 2014-09-13
By: do1thing_emahoney
September 9th, 2014 Erika Mahoney, MS, PEM Do 1 Thing's Executive Director named White House Champion of Change.
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