What We’re Watching: 9/16/11

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Every Friday, we do a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.


Disaster Recovery Continues

FEMA Community Relations specialists prepare bags with registration information at the Bastrop, TX High School stadium during the first game of the football season. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by recent fires.
Bastrop County, TX, September 15, 2011 --FEMA Community Relations specialists prepare bags with registration information at the Bastrop, TX High School stadium during the first game of the football season. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by recent fires.

As we go into one of the last weekends of summer, many communities around the country continue to recover from disasters. In the past week, our blog has featured a few of the recovery highlights (Connecticut, Texas, Vermont), and our focus remains on supporting the affected individuals and communities across the nation. Visit fema.gov for a full list of our open disaster operations and for the latest on our work with the emergency management team. And if you live in a county where federal assistance has been made available to individuals and business owners, here’s more information on applying for federal assistance.


Potential Remains for Severe Tropical Weather
While we continue to support state, local and tribal recovery efforts around the U.S., we’re closely watching the tropics. Historically, September is a busy month for tropical storm and hurricane formation – and with NOAA forecasts calling for a busy second half of the season, it’s a reminder that everyone in coastal or inland areas should get prepared.

As we saw with Irene and Lee earlier this season, hurricanes/tropical storms don’t just bring high winds and heavy rains – they can also cause devastating flooding and flash flooding in both coastal and inland areas. We encourage you to learn the steps to you can take today to get prepared at Ready.gov/hurricanes (or m.Ready.gov on your smartphone). And stay informed all hurricane season long with the latest from the National Hurricane Center at hurricanes.gov/ or hurricanes.gov/mobile.

National Preparedness Month Continues

A photographer from KGO-TV shoots footage of preparedness materials made available by FEMA and the Red Cross for Amtrak passengers at the Jack London Station in Oakland, California. The event was part of FEMA’s ongoing National Preparedness Month efforts to remind the general public to have an emergency plan.
Oakland, CA, September 13, 2011 -- A photographer from KGO-TV shoots footage of preparedness materials made available by FEMA and the Red Cross for Amtrak passengers at the Jack London Station in Oakland, California. The event was part of FEMA’s ongoing National Preparedness Month efforts to remind the general public to have an emergency plan.


It’s the middle of National Preparedness Month, and we’re thrilled that the word continues to get out about emergency preparedness. Even if your school, workplace, community or family hasn’t been involved yet, no need to worry – you can still sign up as a National Preparedness Month Coalition member to receive tools on sharing the message emergency preparedness, as well as view a list of NPM-related events that are happening in your community. We continue to add new coalition members daily, so register today at community.fema.gov and join us in helping make America a safer, more prepared nation.


Sparking the Discussion on National Preparedness
In case you haven’t had a chance, visit our new collaboration community at fema.ideascale.com. It’s a place where you can view, contribute and comment on conversations about emergency preparedness, disaster response and recovery, and other emergency management topics. We’re currently looking for your input and ideas about building a more secure, resilient nation through a nation-wide preparedness goal. So check it out today and let us know what you think, either by posting a new idea or comment on the page, or by sending us an e-mail at FEMA-New-Media@dhs.gov.

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02/21/2013 - 11:27
Posted on Fri, 09/16/2011 - 16:04
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