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Pacific Northwest severe weather

The Pacific Northwest is experiencing heavy precipitation as severe weather rolls through the area. In areas of lower elevation, heavy rain is expected through the weekend, with the possibility of localized flooding. Higher elevations may experience significant levels of snowfall.

Our regional office in Seattle, Washington is in close contact with state and local officials in case any needs arise. Throughout the weekend, we urge residents in affected areas to track local news and weather reports and follow the guidance of local officials.

Northeast cleanup efforts

After this week’s blizzard in the Southeast and Northeast parts of the country, our regional offices in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Atlanta are closely coordinating with state and local officials as the snow removal efforts continue. No requests for federal assistance have been made at this time – learn more about FEMA’s role in winter weather in this blog post.

National Hurricane Center on Facebook

If you’re a Facebook user, check out one of the newest pages out there: the National Hurricane Center. They are a close partner, especially during hurricane season (June 1 – November 30). The page currently features some photos from a FEMA training course held this week, so check it out.

Portland rescue shows importance of fire escape plan

Home fires are more prevalent in winter than any other season. After responding to a fire call on Wednesday evening, Portland Fire & Rescue (Oregon) put out the following on Twitter:

Thanks to the family making a fire escape plan, and practicing it frequently, the fire only caused minor injuries and some household damage. Take time with your family this weekend and practice your fire escape plan. If you don’t have one, visit the United States Fire Administration website (or their kids’ site) to get started.

In a tragic fire-related story, three people died in a home fire in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but reports indicate the home did not have smoke alarms. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

For winter fire safety tips, visit the U.S. Fire Administration’s website.

Last Updated: 
07/10/2012 - 16:24
Posted on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 15:53
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