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.