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Author: Public Affairs
Hurricane season is fast approaching (beginning June 1), and we are encouraging those in hurricane-prone areas to get prepared as part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Yesterday, we focused on getting prepared for the storm surge often caused by hurricanes– today’s theme is keeping your family and home safe from tropical storm- and hurricane-force winds.While hurricane-force winds often make the news, there’s no such thing as “just a tropical storm”. Hurricane- and tropical storm-force winds can send debris through the air, causing damage to homes and businesses. Also, hurricanes can...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Norm Dong
We’ve been getting a lot of questions recently concerning the number of presidentially-declared disasters and whether FEMA has enough money to respond to and help communities recover from the devastation that we’ve all witnessed recently.In fact this morning, Administrator Fugate got asked about this by CNN as he was doing live interviews from Joplin, Missouri. As he explained, disaster response and recovery is a team effort, with resources for survivors and reconstruction efforts coming from FEMA and other federal agencies, state and local governments, private insurers, volunteer and faith...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's note, June 2, 2011: Added Administrator Fugate's video about the best ways to help the people of Joplin.To help manage the generous outpouring of support for Joplin, Mo., tornado survivors, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether volunteering or making donations.Along with our partners at the Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, here are some specific ways to help those impacted by the recent storms and tornadoes.Donate or Volunteer The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency has established a web portal to coordinate...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend.Through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL, has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck,...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we continue to support the states’ efforts to recover from the deadly tornadoes that struck over the weekend, we are also closely monitoring the threat of severe weather today for the central U.S., including in Joplin, Mo. The National Weather Service is forecasting severe storms (with the possibility of tornadoes) for parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri – if you’re in the area, make sure you are prepared for potential severe weather: Have a safe place to go in case a severe storm or tornado is imminent. The safest place is inside, in an interior room on the lowest level...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we work to support Missouri and other states impacted by the tornadoes that devastated the Midwest this weekend, and as disaster response and recovery efforts continue for the recent tornadoes and flooding in many parts of the U.S., we’re also observing National Hurricane Preparedness Week.  Hurricane season begins June 1, so now is a great time to get prepared before a hurricane strikes.Today’s focus is on storm surge, a lesser-known but very dangerous by-product from the power of hurricanes.  Storm surge is simply water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds...
Posted On: May 23, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: We added to Monday's activities and added a photo of President Obama.The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend. FEMA, through our regional offices in Kansas City, Mo. and Chicago, Ill., has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck, and has already deployed staff and resources to the impacted areas in Missouri to help with response needs.Both President Obama and DHS...
Posted On: May 23, 2011
Author: Beth A. Freeman
On behalf of everyone at FEMA, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed and injured by tornadoes this evening in southwest Missouri. Also, I would like to commend the ongoing work of local and state first responders for the measures taken in the aftermath of these storms to protect lives and provide immediate assistance during this very difficult time.FEMA has been in constant contact with officials at the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency since the severe weather hit. Earlier this evening, I spoke with state emergency management...
Posted On: May 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Today marks the start of National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2011. President Obama recently designated May 22-28, 2011, as National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and called upon all Americans, especially those in hurricane prone areas as well as inland areas, to learn more about how to protect themselves against hurricanes and to work together, as a whole community, to respond to and recover from them.FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are partnering once again to get the message out about the importance of preparedness for hurricanes and other possible...
Posted On: May 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Severe Weather OutlookThis spring has been filled with severe weather so far, and forecasts from the National Weather Service say it’s likely to continue in many parts of the country. Flooding is expected to continue along the Mississippi River, from Illinois down to Louisiana. Parts of North and South Dakota are also expected to see flooding over the next ten days as well.Drought conditions are projected to continue across the southern U.S., particularly in New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Florida. For your local forecast, go to http://www.weather.gov/ or http://mobile.weather.gov/ on your...
Posted On: May 20, 2011

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