What We’re Watching: 5/6/11

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Getting Assistance to Survivors
President Obama has made federal disaster assistance available to individuals and business owners in several states in the past two weeks – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee.  If you are in an area that has received a disaster declaration, and you haven't yet, now is the time to register for assistance.  Visit www.disasterassistance.gov to apply online, or http://m.fema.gov to apply on your smartphone.  You can also call (800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585 or visit a disaster recovery center in your area.

Ongoing and Potential Flooding in Central U.S.
As we continue to support the severe storms and tornadoes that affected the Southeast last week, we are also continuing to closely monitor the ongoing flood fight along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, their tributaries and other low-lying areas.   Through our regional offices in Kansas City, Mo., Chicago, Ill., Denton, Texas and Atlanta, Ga., we are in close coordination with the affected states and stand poised to support them as needed.

The National Weather Service remains the source for official severe weather information, and has issued flood warnings across several states, from Cairo, Illinois to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, including Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana as rivers are forecast to crest over the next few weeks. On May 4th, President Obama declared emergency declarations for Mississippi and Tennessee, and a major disaster declaration for Kentucky, which allows for additional federal support to state and local governments.

If you are in a potentially affected area, follow the directions of local officials and heed all evacuation orders, and check out this blog post for more tips on flood safety.

Public Service Recognition Week, May 1-7
As Public Service Recognition Week comes to a close, we’d like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all those who work behind the scenes to support local communities, cities, and the nation.  This video from the White House blog gives a special thank you to those in the Federal family from First Lady Michelle Obama:

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P Barber:

I see you have No Comments on this. Well, I've...

I see you have No Comments on this. Well, I've got one for ya and you're probably NOT going to like it, but...oh well. I live in Nettleton, MS. The tornadoes that ripped through our neighboring communities on 27 April 2011, totally destroyed Smithville, MS, and did Major Damage to other surrounding areas such as Wren, Darden Community, Okolona, etc...all in MS. Nettleton First Baptist Church & Cross Point Fellowship have been instrumental in finding people to donate time, goods, money and the likes, to help the tornado victims, many of whom lost Everything!!! Now, FEMA has finally stepped in and For What? They have "Shut Down" all of the Feeding Stations, saying what has been prepared isn't Sanitary? That's a load of BS! Why would they want to spend Federal Money to pay commercial companies to prepare food when this country is in the monetary mess it's in, when we've been covering the job Well? FEMA isn't there to help...they're just there to make a show and make a bigger mess, just like they did with Katrina. Go Home, FEMA. We, in the South, know how to take care of our own. Thank You, P. Barber

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