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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, we currently has personnel on the ground in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and commodities strategically pre-positioned in the region to support the states.Recap for Tuesday, May 3: Thirteen disaster recovery centers are open.  These are staffed by state, voluntary...
Posted On: May 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
After disaster strikes, many businesses, voluntary, faith-based, and community-based organizations, government agencies and committed citizens come together to try and meet the needs of the affected individuals and communities.  Unfortunately, disasters often bring out criminals who prey on the needs of disaster survivors by offering fraudulent services.If you suspect anyone – an inspector, disaster survivor, or someone posing as one of these – of fraudulent activities, call our toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721, or your local law enforcement officials.To help you spot...
Posted On: May 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we often say, it takes the hard work of the entire emergency management team to help disaster survivors get back on their feet as soon as possible.  Since the deadly tornadoes and storms struck the southern U.S. last week, we’ve been working to support our state and local counterparts, and getting the word out that individuals in eligible counties should apply for disaster assistance.A story in today’s Washington Post highlighted our Community Relations teams, who go door to door to share information on how individuals and businesses owners can apply for assistance, and what the...
Posted On: May 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editors note: this post was updated at 9:20 a.m. on May 3, 2011.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, Administrator Craig Fugate, Tennessee's Governor Bill...
Posted On: May 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's note: For information on helping disaster survivors in Joplin, Mo., see this updated blog post. Huntsville, AL, May 2, 2011 -- Deputy Administrator Rich Serino (L), discusses the ongoing tornado response with volunteers and Art Faulkner (R), Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director. This group of volunteers is helping to deploy staged food and water, and the power had just gone out in the distribution center. Since deadly tornadoes struck the southeast U.S., the public has been an important part of the emergency management team, volunteering their time, money, and...
Posted On: May 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Greeneville, TN, May 2, 2011 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate speaks at a press conference in Greeneville, Tennessee after viewing damage from last Thursday’s tornadoes that ripped through Eastern Tennessee and across the south east part of the country. Behind the Administrator from left to right are Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, State Senator Steve Southerland, U.S. Representative Phil Roe, and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Bassham.Coming on the heels of his trips to Alabama and Mississippi last week (April 28 and April 29) and over the weekend, today Administrator...
Posted On: May 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the devastating storms and tornadoes struck the southeast last week, the federal government has been supporting the emergency management team in supporting the ongoing response and recovery efforts. Administrator Fugate traveled to Alabama on Thursday, April 28, and linked up with President Obama the following day. Yesterday, several Cabinet members visited Alabama as well.The videos below, courtesy of the White House blog, are of President Obama’s visit to the affected area. For the latest updates on the ongoing response and recovery to the southeast tornadoes, visit the Severe Storms...
Posted On: May 2, 2011
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

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