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What We’re Watching: 2/17/12

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At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Weather Outlook

This weekend, the National Weather Service will be tracking some potentially dangerous weather across portions of the country. Heavy rain is possible for parts of the Pacific Northwest, with the risk of dangerous thunder storms in areas of the Gulf Coast and the South. Additionally, heavy snowfall is expected throughout parts of the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic. With the mild weather and lack of snow this winter season this snow may come as a bit of a shock. So for those in areas that are expecting snow, here are some tips to help prepare for the severe weather:

  • Be sure to update your family's emergency supply kit and add items such as rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways, snow shovels, extra blankets, and appropriate clothing (i.e., hat, gloves, and scarf).
  • Have an emergency kit in your car, in the event you are stranded by a blizzard or traffic jam. Be sure to include items you would need to stay warm and comfortable for at least 72 hours.

The NWS also expects high wind conditions across parts of the Pacific Coast, Southwest, and Southwest Alaska. Severe drought conditions are expected to continue for parts of the South, Central and Southern Great Plains, and Upper Mississippi Valley.

Job Opportunity

Our Intergovernmental Affairs team is looking for an Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist. As an Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist you will work with state and local governments, tribal, territorial, elected officials, and various organizations on issues related to emergency management policies, protocols, and procedures and communicate FEMA program information and policies. You’ll also facilitate development of instructional materials and other information designed to guide IGA stakeholders in developing their own emergency management practices at various levels of government. If you’re interested or know anyone who may be up for the challenge, visit for more details on the position or to apply.

Also, check out other career opportunities here at FEMA.

Community Relations on the Ground

Following the tornadoes that hit several Alabama communities in January 2012, FEMA Community Relations teams were on the ground to assist survivors in providing information on what assistance is available to them and encourage registration.

Last Updated: 
06/18/2012 - 10:52


I really appreciate the "What we're watching blog." Last year, when so many disaster's were under way, it would have been nice to see this broken into regional focuses.

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