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Author: Public Affairs
Administrator Craig Fugate and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano traveled to Alabama and Mississippi yesterday with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Small Business Administration Administrator (SBA) Karen Mills to survey the damage and the response and recovery efforts underway.  American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern also joined the delegation.The administration officials visited the Pratt City Command Center in Birmingham, Ala., with Mayor William Bell to tour the damage and meet with first...
Posted On: May 2, 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.At the request of the respective governors, FEMA currently has personnel on the ground in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and commodities strategically pre-positioned in the region to support the states.Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan, Agriculture...
Posted On: May 1, 2011
Author: Edward Connor
As we’ve seen from the damage caused by the recent tornadoes and severe storms that hit the Southeast, as well as flooding all across the country, natural disasters can be devastating.  They can happen anytime, anywhere, and often without much warning.While we can’t prevent natural disasters, there are steps we can take to get ready for them, and as we head into the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season next month (June 1st), now is the time to get ready.  Flood insurance policies typically take 30 days before they take effect, so now is the time to invest in preparing your homes and...
Posted On: May 1, 2011
Author: Mark Misczak
Edited: May 1, 4:10 pm EDTAs FEMA and our federal partners continue to work with the states in support of their recovery efforts, there has been a great deal of focus on the need to shelter a significant number of residents whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed by tornadoes and other severe weather.States and non-government groups like the Red Cross are still very much involved in ensuring displaced disaster survivors are provided shelter, and sustaining those shelters with the needed supplies like food and water. We understand that many residents may be asking themselves what's next...
Posted On: May 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes and severe storms struck parts of the country, FEMA began mobilizing people and resources to support several states in which entire communities were devastated by some of the most powerful tornadoes ever seen. As we work with our local, state, and Federal partners, here are some photos from the past few days:President Barack Obama talks with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate to discuss the continuing federal disaster relief efforts for areas affected by the devastating severe storms...
Posted On: May 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country earlier this 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.At the request of the respective governors, FEMA currently has personnel on the ground in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and commodities strategically pre-positioned in the region to support the states.President Obama joined Administrator Fugate, the Governor and other state and local officials on the ground in Alabama...
Posted On: April 30, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
We’ve partnered with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency to create a joint Facebook page as an additional way to reach Alabama residents during the response and recovery efforts after the severe storms and tornadoes.And as we support multiple states that are impacted by the severe storms, I wanted to provide a list of other online resources:  Alabama Emergency Management AgencyFacebook full site / Facebook mobile siteTwitter full site / Twitter mobile siteInformation on volunteering Mississippi Emergency Management AgencyFacebook full site / Facebook mobile siteTwitter full site /...
Posted On: April 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we continue to keep all of our stakeholders informed about our response and support efforts with the recent disasters, we wanted to make sure all of our stakeholders know there are three ways disaster survivors can apply for assistance: Register online at www.disasterassistance.gov Register through a web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov Call 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Individuals and business owners who...
Posted On: April 30, 2011
Author: Elizabeth Zimmerman
Disasters not only affect community infrastructure and public works, but they often overcome family finances, making recovery difficult and sometimes impossible. Before, during and after disasters strike, we work with a number of non-profit, voluntary and faith-based groups who specialize in getting disaster survivors financially back on their feet.As we often say, FEMA is just one part of the emergency management team that helps individuals and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.  In this light, we’ve renewed our partnership with Operation HOPE, a non-profit...
Posted On: April 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country earlier this 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.At the request of the respective governors, FEMA currently has personnel on the ground in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee, and commodities strategically pre-positioned in the region to support the states.President Obama joined Administrator Fugate, the Governor and other state and local officials on the ground in Alabama today.On...
Posted On: April 29, 2011

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