Explore Free Courses During COVID

This #holiday season we’ve been sharing with our followers, resources our volunteers have found to be helpful in getting through this pandemic. Today we will share additional FREE resources our volunteers have used either to learn something new or to explore something that has always interested them. We invite you to take a look at these online resources and see if any of these capture your interest during this pandemic.

These learning opportunities run the gamut from simply exploring a hobby, classes in skills development, to the introduction of  courses in a variety of subjects. Several give you an opportunity to earn academic credit or professional certifications. A few resources provide advanced level business or computer science courses.  Many of the introductory online courses can be done in one day, while others require small chunks of time over a week or more.

Some of our own volunteers have used this time to finally dive deep into that hobby they always wanted time for, or they have acquired new skills that will help them move forward in their current careers. Others have used this time and these resources to alter the direction of their lives and have begun to pivot into new career paths. Some of these opportunities end soon so please review and explore them soon!

Learn a New Skill or Hobby While Staying Busy


Coursera has hundreds of free courses that can be finished in under 8 hours. Topics vary from Cooking, Psychological First Aid, Child Nutrition to Introduction to Computer Programming or if you prefer, you can choose longer courses or programs, such Computer Programming Certificates.


Teach your cat to give a high five, learn to make kombucha, become a better dancer, improve your handwriting, and more with these Youtube tutorials.


Lifehack believes in acquiring skills that multiply your time, energy and overall quality of life. Explore their personal development fast track classes to jumpstart your transformation.


There are plenty of free niche courses online such as bird identification or All About Fancy Males, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, daily instrumental ukulele, harmonica, baritone uke, and guitar classes from music teacher Gary Jugart, and drawing lessons from Drawing Coach.


Want to know more about how disasters are handled by FEMA, how you can prepare for the impacts of disasters on your pets or livestock, or how your community emergency response team operates? FEMA has a course for you!

Khan Academy

Free online advanced high school and college level courses where you can learn about, or brush up on, many levels of astronomy, math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, finance, history, and more.


Check your local library to see if they provide access to Lynda.com or Udemy.com. Both offer a wide variety of classes. In addition, your library may subscribe to Mango, a language-learning database, if you’re interested in diving into a whole new language. You’re paying for access to these databases with your tax dollars – use them!



Courses on computer and software skills ranging from computer basics and typing tutorials to Microsoft Office 2016, as well as topics as diverse as critical thinking, algebra basics, and digital photography. Many courses are available in different languages.


The G Suite Learning Center provides 10- to 15-minute micro-learning modules to equip you to use Google’s GSuite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive).


Lessons range from 45 minutes to 10 hours on G Suite software and topics such as preparing for the FAFSA, building your online business, and using Google to get a new job.


Digital skills help us connect, learn, engage, and create more promising futures. Learn how to effectively use devices, Microsoft software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and the internet to collaborate with others and discover, use and create information.


If you’re looking to make a bigger time commitment or do a deep dive on something you’ve been hoping to learn then explore the offerings at Openculture. It has a catalog of 1,500 free online courses from major universities via learning platforms such as EdX and Coursera.


Start developing your skills for free with learning paths from LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft Learn, then practice tech skills in the GitHub Learning Lab. Also, learn how the skills you already have map to thousands of jobs with LinkedIn’s Career Explorer tool.

Harvard University

Harvard offers a variety of open learning opportunities, including free online courses in a variety of subjects from Astronomy and Buddhism to Politics and Philosophy. A full list of online courses at Harvard is available through the link and through their edX learning platform which offers over 3.000 courses.

Website Design: HTML5 & CSS3 for Absolute Beginners  

In this free series you will learn all the foundational principles of website design in a self-paced 21 episodes course where you will learn and use CSS and HTML to build websites.


Alison offers a wide range of free basic/introductory courses in a broad range of subjects from business startup topics to marketing, in addition to their core IT management, networking, security, hardware, software and game development. While courses are free to participate in (by watching ads), if you complete a certificate or diploma course, you’ll need to pay a fee to get a printed or digital certificate. You also can opt to pay for a premium account for around $9 per month to remove ads, access to more advanced level classes, and additional features such as discounts on certificate fees.

Worker Safety Training

Free online worker safety training from the University of Utah and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences which provides expert guidance on health, safety, virus prevention, employee rights, and COVID-19 policy in the workplace.


Free IBM Professional Training & Skills

IBM offers free online training courses, designed to build valuable skills and improve your  productivity. They include foundational soft skills programs as well as technical training. Many courses offer free digital certificates to help you build your professional credentials.

PBS TeacherLine

PBS TeacherLine is one of the top professional development resources delivering self-paced certified courses online for PreK through Grade 12 teachers.

Machine Learning

Carnegie Mellon University is offering a free introductory self-paced class on Machine Learning for those computer science peeps interested in exploring this subject. 


Udemy is for professional adults who need to enhance their skills to continue advancing in their career. Some courses are free, while some are available at a fee — it depends on the course and instructor. However, paid courses won’t break the bank, as most go on sale for as low as $9.99, so you can typically find a good deal (especially around the holidays).

Helping Teens During COVID

Are your teens being challenged by COVID19 restrictions? Do you find your teens exhibiting unusual behavior or find they are just being different since the pandemic began?

Adolescence is not only a time of great physical change in a young person’s life during normal times, it’s also a time when change is felt very deeply. During a pandemic, some changes can become overwhelming or additional forms of stress for these young adults.  Several sources of teen stress can include:

  • Changes in their appearance or body
  • School demands and frustrations
  • Negative feelings about themselves
  • Problems with peers at school
  • Separation or divorce of Parents
  • Illness or death of a loved one
  • Moving or changing schools
  • Family financial problems
  • Restricting favorite activities

Recognizing a change in your teen’s mood or behavior is the first step in being able to provide support to them. HealthyChildren.org has a page on ways parents can identify changes in their teens, as well as suggestions on how to provide support to them, as well as how to enlist support from health professionals, such as your teen’s pediatrician.

The mental health professionals at Child Mind Institute offer tips and provide a list of resources for parenting teenagers (and young adults suddenly home from college) during the pandemic.

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) has compiled a list of mental health resources on a wide variety of Teen Mental Health subjects, from addiction issues to strategies on parenting young adults in close quarters.

Last on our list are two organizations where parents can find guidance on how to support teens dealing with trauma or grief.  The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has created three separate guides for parents on how to help young adults cope with trauma, loss and grief. You can find all three guides on this page.

The mental and healthcare professionals at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have dedicated a section of their website for parents and caregivers who want to support teens through the various stages of grief. They provide support for this and many other topics on their Strong4Life website.

Additional resources can be accessed by teens directly through the links below:

Working from Home with Children Without Losing Your Mind + 8 Resources to Help

Two parents trying to work remotely with children underfoot

By Guest Author/ CEDR Volunteer – Sandi Luipersbeck

So, you checked your email last week only to learn that your company was sending workers home to telecommute. Now you’re getting ready to try to accomplish your basic work tasks while trying to determine what your children will be doing for school, and wondering how in the world you’ll meet all your deadlines. Before you start pulling out your hair and running for the exits, there are a few basic things to remember which I will share below along with 8 resources to help during this time.

Determine What Resources are Being Offered
First, determine what resources your local school system will be providing you with if any. In some areas, schools are providing parents with access to distance learning materials so that they can access full courses with live instructors online. In other areas, schools are providing parents with take-home educational packets. And in some locations parents are being asked to homeschool their children for an indefinite period of time. Your first step is to determine what educational resources are being offered to you, so you’ll know if you need to create a curriculum, find a pre-created curriculum, or use the curriculum that is being provided.

You’re in Uncharted Territory
Keep in mind that no one knows how to do what you’re doing “correctly” because as a nation we’re all exploring new territory. This is the first time, historically, that we’ve needed to be able to work from home in technological careers while teaching and entertaining our children. Previous generations were able to manage working, schooling, and housekeeping by focusing on one task at a time, but that’s often difficult as modern tasks multiply. Once you know which type of schooling you’ll be responsible for, you’ll be able to work your child’s education into the daily flow of your household.

Go Easy on Yourself
It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to accomplish as much as you can at the office – go easy on yourself, and on your colleagues. Everyone is dealing with a large amount of stress at the moment. Deadlines may need to be adjusted, dates may need to be rearranged, and projects may not move along as quickly as they would if everyone was working in the office. It’s important to understand that it’ll take some time for everyone to get up to speed. Your children may also take some time to adjust to the new situation and settle into the new routine. Again, go easy on yourself, as this is a novel situation for everyone.

Keep Timing in Mind
As you go through your day, both careful timing and flexibility will be important. Set aside specific chunks of your day for dedicated, focused work. This may be time when your child is sleeping, entertained with another activity, or working on their schoolwork. Use other blocks of time for less focused work like returning phone calls, making lists, returning emails, and organizing your tasks. As you adapt to working from home, you’ll develop a “flow” of accomplishing your daily business tasks while also caring for your family. You can plan for breaks for meals, time to review schoolwork, and any quieter times that various family members will need throughout the day, as well. 

CEDR will be offering ongoing blog posts about adjusting to telecommuting, handling education from home, additional resources for parents, and managing a household during a crisis. Feel free to drop a comment below with any suggestions or specific topics that you’d like to see.

Here are 8 resources and fun hacks you can use to educate your children during a quarantine:

Since there have been many #schoolclosures announced today, we are separating the #coronavirus #resources from the #COVID19 stats to provide you with #hacks and all you need to keep your sanity while being the coolest #Parents on the planet. Please RT this so others can find. Thx! Articles on how to talk to our youngest children about the #Coronavirus #COVID19: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-talking-about-the-coronavirus

Educational Entertainment is going to be important while the kids are home. Reward children for completing their work and chores on schedule with extra viewing time; the catch is it can only be via free streaming on PBS. Elmo will be happy to see them. https://www.pbs.org/

Raising Dragons is a fun website that help get kids interestested in science. Activities are by age and parent involvement varies. Don’t forget to create a bookmark section to revisit the sites you find interesting and useful. https://www.raisingdragons.com/

Afraid your child might not learn or be left behind educationally? A great free resource is Khan’s Academy. They offer personalized learning to students of all ages including those AP subjects that can be challenging for Juniors and Seniors. #CEDRdigital volunteers highly reccomend: https://www.khanacademy.org/

And how about instead of going to the zoo, we bring the zoo to you. Join the Cincinnati Zoo for a virtual Home Safari. They are live each weekday at 3pm EST where they will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do at home. https://facebook.com/cincinnatizoo/photos/a.96076385478/10158043842200479/?type=3&theater

And just because your indoors does NOT mean you get to skip Phys Ed. There are plenty of free kid-friendly yoga classes that parents can join in on. My son’s all-time favorite is Goat Yoga with Kids from Iowa PBS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vtfkq2HvwI

Finally, something you both can share… quiet time…in the form of a guided meditation. Headspace and YouTube have free guided meditations for kids. It’s a great way to get frustrated ansty kids to relax and its an activity you can both do together or apart.

Don’t forget to visit our website for more tips, hacks & resources:
Homeschooling Week 1
Homeschooling Week 2

Mental Health in the time of #COVID19

We have all been feeling the stress. I can see it on the unfriendly and unhelpful comments online and in the stress from volunteers that have been at this for 65 days without a break. So this post’s focus will be on sharing resources for self-care and mental health .

We all need to find some mental tools that will help us develop resilience if we’re going to get through this emerging national tragedy and help our children and ourselves overcome our loss and find ways to move forward and thrive.

A great resource for children and their parents/caregivers is from the Nat’l Child Traumatic Stress Network. Their 5page guide provides great tips.

That Discomfort You’re Feeling…. Is Grief”  an excellent article from Harvard Business Review identifying the collective sentiment being felt by those forced to #StayAtHome in some form of self-isolation

Two weeks ago the World Health Org posted a 6 page guide on: “Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During the #Covid_19 Outbreak” with information focused on different segments of populations impacted: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf

The National Alliance on Mental Health/Illness has a free helpline where you can get help, information and resources:
NAMI HelpLine Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., EST
(800) 950-6264

They also have this downloadable guide as a starting point: #COVID19 #CORONAVIRUS INFO & RESOURCES: https://bit.ly/3auyio2

Our last resource is the person that inspired this entire post: Eileen M. Feliciano, Psy.D. She is a clinical psychologist from NY who is sharing mental health quarantine tips with her followers on facebook here: https://bit.ly/2vYiE5v
Above and below you will see 2 of our most recent favorite self-care tips she shared. Here’s hoping your week is a better one!

#StayHome & Have Fun Despite COVID19 Lockdown

For those that want to analyze every aspect of the #coronavirus the NY Times has lifted its paywall and is tracking all aspect of COVID19: nyt.com


Because its the start of the weekend we are offering entertainment resources for individuals of all ages:

Many of our volunteers were excited about these and pushed them to the front of the line. The first is for parents who need leverage or incentive for their kids to finish homework/chores, Epic Games is offering access to games for free for info visit: https://www.epicgames.com/

For aspiring or established writers, if you missed the Bravewriters Conference don’t despair, you can still replay all the sessions for free. Visit their page for a preview: https://bravewriter.com/about/homebound/homebound-conference?fbclid=IwAR1oPiM2ribTuqUmy4Q283cGZ4oc7EntJ3BkOyakh7hc2LhljoGr4Vj4PaM

For booklovers:
Many of your local libraries are offering free downloads for books and films for audiences of all ages. If your favorite book is a classic consider downloading and permanently having it on your electronic device from Project Gutenberg:

Social Distancing may be keeping you indoors but that doesn’t mean family fun has to stop. Good Housekeeping has compiled a list of zoos and animals you can visit, and virtual rides you can try before paying the hefty price of admission.  https://bit.ly/2xr52jE

For those missing their sports or cultural event – we highly recommend you explore the following:

Finally for those needing to forget the world and who wish they could go out… the Comedy club comes to you via instagram’s “Co-Watch{ feature.
Make it a date with a love interest. For info visit: https://bit.ly/2QOWQAg

COVID19 Connecting While Social Distancing

Plan your #COVID19 weekend entertainment so you can attend virtual concerts, watch movies, etc w/friends

Below is a fun educational resource to keep children entertained while being educated: Free Audible Stories for kids of all ages to listen to from hundreds of Audible titles across six languages— so they can keep learning, dreaming and just being kids. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

YouTube aims to help parents during this #Coronavirus quarantine by providing you with online educational resources:

  • Learning @ Home for young learners: https://bit.ly/2xsdJKx
  • Learning for all ages: https://bit.ly/33Nt5W1

We just discovered that Chrome has an extension you can download so you & your friends can watch Netflix remotely but together and chat: Netflix Party Makes for a great “Virtual Date” >>> https://www.netflixparty.com/

Instagram has a new Co-Watch feature that lets you share what your watching (stories, videos, or posts) with others. To learn more about how to use this feature visit:

Join us for a concert… at an Online Music & Events Festival – a virtual music & dance festival you can watch simultaneously with thousands of old & new friends. Check out their Calendar & make your virtual group hangout plans for this weekend: https://buff.ly/2QQsNZ7

COVID19: Pasos Preventivos para Cuidadores

Pasos Preventivos para Cuidadores y Miembros del Hogar

Si usted vive con una persona que ha sido diagnosticada o está siendo evaluada de la infección 2019-nCoV, usted debe:

  • Asegurarse de entender y poder ayudar a la persona siguiendo las instrucciones del doctor. Debe ayudarle con las necesidades básicas en la casa y ayudar con surtir los alimentos, recetas médicas y artículos de necesidad personal.
  • Solo tenga en casa a las personas esenciales para el cuidado de la persona.
    • Otros miembros del hogar deben estar en una habitación diferente o en otro domicilio. Sino es posible, intente estar lo más alejado de la persona. Use un baño separado, de ser posible.
    • Restringa las visitas no necesarias en su casa.
    • Mantenga a los mayores de edad, personas con Sistema inmune deficiente o con condiciones crónicas de salud, retiradas de la persona.  Esto incluye personas con condiciones crónicas del corazón, pulmones, y riñón.
  • Asegúrese que las áreas compartidas en la casa tengan buena ventilación de aire, como un aire acondicionado o una Ventana abierta, si el clima lo permite.
  • Lave sus manos continuamente con agua y jabón por al menos 20 segundos. Puede utilizar gel antibacteriano con al menos 60% alcohol, sino cuenta con agua y jabón. Evite tocar sus ojos, nariz, y boca, sin haber lavado sus manos previamente.
  • Utilice mascaras desechables, ropa y guantes, cuando toque a la persona o esté en contacto con la sangre de la persona, fluidos del cuerpo y/o secreciones, tales como sudor, saliva, moco nasal, vomito, orina o diarrea.
    • Tire las mascaras, ropa desechables, y guantes, después de usarlos. No los reúse.
    • Lave sus manos inmediatamente después de removerse la mascara,, ropa y guantes.
  • Evite compartir artículos de casa. No comparta los mismos platos, vasos, tazas, utensilios, toallas, sabanas, frisas, o cualquier otro artículo personal que este designado para la persona que se haya confirmada con tener la infección o evaluada por la infección 2019-nCoV. Después de que la persona use estos artículos, lávelos cuidadosamente.
  • Limpie todas las superficies como mesas, áreas del sanitario, teléfonos, teclados, tabletas, mesa, todos los días. También limpie las superficies que puedan tener sangre, fluidos del cuerpo o secreciones.
    • Lea las instrucciones en los productos de limpieza y sígalas al pie de la letra. Pueden incluir instrucciones como usar guantes al aplicar el producto, contar con buena ventilación mientras se use el producto.
    • Use cloro diluido como desinfectante o el desinfectante que diga en su etiqueta “aprobado EPA.” Para hacer solución clorina en casa agregue 1 cucharada de cloro en un cuarto (4 tazas) de agua. Para un recipiente más grande agregue ¼ de taza de cloro a un 1 galón de agua (16 tazas).
  • Lave detalladamente.
    • Inmediatamente remueva y lave la ropa o ropa de cama que tenga sangre, fluidos corporales, secreción o excreción.
    • Use guantes desechables mientras esta aseando los artículos. Lave sus manos inmediatamente después de remover sus guantes.
    • Lea y siga las instrucciones en las etiquetas de la ropa y detergente. Lave y seque a temperatura recomendada.
  • Coloque todos los desechables contaminados en un contenedor. Lave sus manos inmediatamente después.
  • Monitorea los síntomas de la persona. Si se enferman más, llame a su médico y comente que la persona ha sido o está siendo evaluada por la infección 2019-nCoV. Esto ayudara a su proveedor de salud a tomar los pasos necesarios para evitar que otras personas se contagien.
  • Las personas que no sigan estas precauciones están consideradas como “contactos cercanos” y deben monitorear su salud. Siga los pasos de prevención para contactos cercanos.

Pasos de Prevención para Contactos Cercanos

Si ha estado en contacto cercano con alguien que ha sido evaluado o está siendo evaluado por la infección 2019-nCoV, usted debe:

  • Monitorear su salud desde el primer día en que estuvo en contacto con la persona y continuar durante 14 días después de que tuvo el último contacto. Cuide las siguientes señales y síntomas:
    • Fiebre. Tome su temperatura dos veces al día.
    • Tos.
    • Dificultad en respirar.
    • Otros síntomas como dolor de cuerpo, dolor de garganta, dolor de cabeza, diarrea, nauseas/vomito y nariz con moco.
  • Si usted desarrolla fiebre o algunos de estos síntomas, llame de inmediato a su proveedor de salud.
  • Antes de ir a su cita médica, asegúrese de informar a su proveedor de salud. Esto ayudara al personal a evitar que otras personas se contagien.
  • Si usted no tiene ninguno de estos síntomas después de 14 dias, puede resumir sus actividades diarias como ir al trabajo, escuela o áreas públicas.

Notas al pie

1. El personal de atención médica domiciliaria debe consultar las Recomendaciones provisionales de prevención y control de infecciones para pacientes con pacientes conocidos o bajo investigación por enfermedad por coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) en un entorno de atención médica.

2. El contacto cercano se define como:

a) estar dentro de aproximadamente 6 pies (2 metros) de un caso COVID-19 por un período prolongado de tiempo; El contacto cercano puede ocurrir mientras cuida, vive, visita o comparte un área de espera o habitación de atención médica con un caso COVID-19

– o –

b) tener contacto directo con las secreciones infecciosas de un caso COVID-19 (por ejemplo, ser tosido).

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Página revisada por última vez: Febrero 24, 2020

Dorian – Recursos em Português


Nas páginas em baixo encontrará a informação de emergência geral de visitantes que viajam para e pelos EUA. Tenha em conta que esta informação não é de todo abrangente.  É simplesmente um esforço de voluntários da CEDR e membros de @VOSTPT que desejam ajudar todos viajantes e residentes a ficarem seguros. Contacte sempre com o seu Consulado ou Embaixada para informação exata, orientação e ajuda. É importante que siga todas as ordens de autoridades locais. Se não o fizer isso pode resultar numa variedade de multas ou detenção que pode resultar em pena de prisão.



O governo do estado  da Flórida trabalha diligentemente para manter o público informado e assegurar-se que todos estão seguros. Por favor verifique o site web de Gestão de emergências do estado da  Flórida para saber mais sobre o Dorian: https://www.floridadisaster.org/info/ 

Adquira atualizações específicas para a sua posição:

Subscreva alertas de emergência locais. Na Flórida isto faz-se via o sistema #AlertFlorida que pode ser encontrado em: https://apps.floridadisaster.org/alertflorida/. Deve saber o county e cidade onde vai ficar durante a passagem do  furacão, de modo a receber alertas específicos para essa área específica.

Durante um  furacão, o factor mais perigoso é água, não o vento. Mesmo se estiver a 3 ou 4 Km da costa pode existir a necessidade de evacuar. Saber a zona na qual se encontra é  crítico para obter esta informação. O estado da Flórida emitiu a informação para que todos saibam se estãi numa zona onde devem evacuar ou não. Para verificar em que zona está,  epara que seja capaz de tomar uma decisão de segurança, por favor verifique aqui: http://bit.ly/30MX9hY. Guarde essa informação para que saiba o que fazer em caso de ordem de evacuação da zona onde se encontra.  Não o fazer pode ter consequências fatais para si, e para os seus, além de consequências legais.

Informação adicional

Este mapa, atualizado em tempo real, tem todas as informações relativas ao Dorian: https://arcg.is/04XHGX.


Há alguns boas fontes de informação, e aplicações,  para o ajudar a si e à sua família para que se preparem em segurança  para um furacão, e as grandes ondas tempestuosas que muitas vezes acompanham este fenómeno meteorológico adverso:

– American Red Cross Hurricane App – A aplicação oficial da Cruz Vermelha para furacões, que pode ser descarregada  na Play Store da Google (Android) ou App Store (Apple iOS)

– Em  FloridaDisaster.org encontra muita informação sobre vários tipos de fenómenos meteorológicos adversos. O capítulo destinado aos furacões é muito completo, e tem toda a informação que precisará para preparar-se:

Para os que estão de viagem para outros estados nos Estados Unidos: 

Uma lista de websites  de gestão de emergências por estado e cidade/condado pode ser encontrado aqui: https://www.ready.gov/today.

Finalmente é muito importante que, se estiver de visita nos Estados Unidos da América, se mantenha em contacto permanente com o seu consulado ou embaixada. A maior parte das embaixadas / consulados têm informação de emergência nos seus sites. Se além desta informação também tiverem um sistema de notificação a viajantes (via SMS, e-mail, ou outros) certifique-se que está subscrito aos mesmos.

Pode encontrar aqui uma lista completa de todos os consulados existentes no estado da Flórida:  https://www.miamidade.gov/business/international-consulates.asp

Além das contas oficiais do seu país,  por favor siga as seguintes contas no Twitter, durante esta emergência: 

  • @FLSERT – Departamento do estado  Flórida para gestão de emergências 
  • @NWSMiami – Serviço Nacional de Meteorologia em Miami 
  • @iflymia – Conta do Aeroporto Internacional de Miami

Lista de verificação básica de emergência

#Preparedness Tool – Emergency Contact Lists

This past year there were several instances of 911 systems becoming non-operational, rendering citizens vulnerable in the event of an emergency. Before the 911 system was created how individuals reached out for help was by contacting their local Fire and Police Departments directly who would then dispatch a unit to the location where assistance was needed. 

The recent CenturyLink 911 outage created an internal discussion of the vulnerabilities this outage caused and how to take some old style precautions! To help individuals prepare for future service disruptions a CEDR volunteer created an Important Emergency Contact List printout that you can download and post inside a Kitchen cabinet or on your refrigerator door.   Use the bullet to download and print this pdf

Additional uses for this printout:
– Keep a copy in each of your: Go Bags
– Keep a copy in your medicine cabinet with tel # of poison control center’
– Provide grandparents or caregivers with a hardcopy

We hope this inspires you and your family members to get prepared for any emergency in 2019! 

Saipan & Tinian – Critical Lifeline Recovery Reports

Nov 8th Recovery Status of Critical Lifelines

The CNM Islands of Saipan and Tinian



Additional patrols are beginning to take place to enhance security. Residents are urged to follow basic precautions and not use generators indoors and keep them 20 ft from buildings. For additional safety tips please scroll to the end. 


Saipan Water Update:
The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) has restored 53 of 142 water wells. The functioning water wells are now operating at full capacity.

Saipan Water Only Distribution:
Free Potable Drinking Water:  Hrs: 6:30 am – Midnight – Limitations: three 5 gallon limit/family.
Free Non-potable Water:  Hrs: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  – Limit: 100 gallons, except for Kloberville which is 50 gal.
Stations open today: Navy Hill, Kagman, Kannat Tabla, and Koblerville.

Saipan Shelter Update:
There are currently 842 individuals in 14 shelters across 2 CNMI islands. Four long-term congregate shelters being prepared to receive residents beginning today, with all displaced individuals expected to complete the transition by Nov 10th. As of 2:00 pm today, the following 3 shelters are the only ones open and accepting displaced residents:
– Tanapag Middle School
– Kagman Elementary School
– Saipan Southern High School

CNMI Tenting Program is a temporary housing solution for those eligible individuals whose home are damaged. For information on the Tenting Program, please call the following phone numbers below.  Thirtyseven Family tents were installed today in Saipan and an additional 37 have been installed in Tinian. Tenting information/application telephone lines are:
Saipan – 323-0029
Tinian – 433-1803

Tinian Water Update:
All Water Wells are now operational at the source. The Army Corp of Engineers is continuing to assist the CUC with the water pipe breaks throughout the island.

Tinian Water filling Stations:

  • Maui Water Pump Station – Hours: 1:30pm – 5:30pm – 55 gal. max/family
  • Marpo Valley Water Station – Hours: 1:30 am – 5:00 pm – 55 gal. max/family
  • Kammer Beach – Hours: 10am – 5pm – 55 gal. max/family

Please boil or treat water from filling stations before using it for baby formula, cooking or drinking. See below for instructions.

instructions on how to treat water

Tinian Food/Water Distribution locations and hours
Location: Tinian Gymnasium – Hours: 8:30am – 12noon
DPS vehicles will pick up residents at the following locations to transport them to the distribution site at 8:30am

The Distribution Transportation Shuttle has ended as more localized points of food distribution is now being arranged.
Please call 433-1803 for the location of the food/water distribution place nearest you.


Saipan Hospital and Emergency Rooms are fully operational on generator power.  The 97 bed expansion plan has been completed.  A second medical clinic has opened in Dandan Village and is operational ahead of schedule. Health & Medical Task Force visiting two villages per day to handle medical needs; Team Rubicon (NGO) began staffing medical clinics in southern Saipan

– Dialysis Center is open and is maintaining normal operating hours (Mon–Sat 5:30 AM to 8:30 PM)
– The Chest Clinic is open for half-days indefinitely from 8AM to 12PM.
– The Community Guidance Center is offering crisis counseling services near CHCC.

Tinian Health Center sustained heavy damage. Emergency Room is staffed and fully operational on generator power.


Power has been restored to a few places as the infrastructure is repaired and brought back online. As of yesterday at 2pm, 913 poles were down and damaged and there are 510 damaged transformers. Of the nine feeders, Feeder #1,  #4, and #7 are now partially online or have power. A total of 6 out of 9 power feeders are not able to be utilized and need to be replaced.  A total of 56 generators installed.

Gasoline: 12 of 19 fuel pumping stations are now operational.

Power Assessment: 754 down power poles and 9 damaged transformers. Additional crews and materials from Guam and Hawaii are expected soon.  A total of 3 temporary generators have been installed.

Mobil Oil Tinian Fuel Service is the only gas station that is operational on the island- There will be a $20 limit/car and only cash will be accepted as payment. The Mayor and Tinian Council have negotiated a lower gas price for the month of November.


CNMI: Most Banks and ATMs are functioning through generator power. Others will be reopening once repairs are made. Significant damage to cell towers throughout the islands is impacting wireless reception/communication. Telecommunications companies have begun working on restoring service.

Saipan: Currently cellular service is operating at 68% capacity, with is 41 of 60 cell towers.

Tinian: Current cell service operational capacity is at 60%. The Emergency 911 service is now fully operational and taking emergency calls.


CNMI Airports and Sea Ports: All airports/sea ports in the Marianas are now operational but only during daylight hours.  All airports are restricted to humanitarian relief efforts only. Saipan Airport’s grid power is estimated to be fully restored by Nov 17th.

Saipan and Tinian Roads – are 80% cleared.

Tinian Fuel – Gasoline is available for sale at a reduced price between 9am and
Propane and Diesel are available at Wushin. Hours: 8am – 5pm  (next to fish and wild life) They are only filling containers for household use, not cars, trucks or businesses.

Rota International Airport is open and fully functional.


Debris pick up is being scheduled. Please separate your debris as indicated in the flyer below (click to expand) otherwise it will not be picked up. Please tell your neighbors. Thank you!

Guam is sending recovery assistance to CNMI in the form of technicians and National Guard Support. Support is also arriving in the form of electrical technicians from Hawaii and other states.

The Governor of Guam has been working with federal and military partners, as well as with local agencies to extend assistance to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands to assist with their recovery efforts following Super Typhoon Yutu’s devastation.  Approximately 140 Guam Guardsmen are expected to report on Monday and begin duty on Saipan as early as Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, for approximately 60 days.

The Army Guard’s 1224th Engineer Support Company will also  assist with recovery efforts to include support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and FEMA as the lead federal agency in support of debris clearing missions in CNMI.


– CNMI Office of the Governor via Facebook @CNMIGov;
– Office of the Mayor of Tinian and Aguiguan via Facebook @tinianmayor96952
– CNMI EOC State Warning Pt via Facebook @cnmieocswp
– Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan via facebook @congressmansablan
– Federal Emergency Management Agency –  FEMA.gov
– National Weather Service – weather.gov