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Author: Todd Park, Rich Serino
Editor's Note: This was originally posted on the White House blog, September 3, 2013. Todd Park is Assistant to the President and US Chief Technology Officer. Rich Serino is the Deputy Administrator of FEMA. Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) jointly challenged a group of over 80 top innovators from around the country to come up with ways to improve disaster response and recovery efforts.  This diverse group of stakeholders, consisting of representatives from Zappos, Airbnb, Marriott International...
Posted On: September 6, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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 OutlookAccording to our friends at the National Weather Service, there are currently no severe weather threats impacting the U.S.  Heavy rain is expected for parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic going into Labor Day presenting the potential for flooding over portions of the Southeast.  Folks in the Northern Rockies and Northern and Central Plains can expect higher...
Posted On: August 30, 2013
Author: Savannah Brehmer, Ashlie Chandler
Five days ago, Alaska reached the one-hundred-day mark since the Yukon River broke in mid-May and swallowed its first riverside community.Disaster recovery has demanded that responders adapt to Alaska’s unique environment. Many of the villages affected by this spring’s flooding are so remote, recovery cannot be delivered via road-based means. Hard-hit communities continue to come together to discuss plans for the future and strategies for building back stronger and more resilient.Below are 10 milestones reached in the 100 days of Alaska’s response and recovery:$3.3 million in Disaster...
Posted On: August 30, 2013
Author: Steve Edwards
After I left the office on August 6, 2013, I went to the annual “Crime Prevention and National Night Out” celebration sponsored by the Springfield Police Department, Delaware County, PA, the Target Corporation, along with local businesses. National Night Out's goal is to “heighten crime and drug prevention, gain support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit, and let criminals know that Springfield residents are committed to keeps Springfield Township safe.”National Night Out was successful in Delaware County because it represented the diversity of the community. ...
Posted On: August 27, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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.Photos of the weekSummer weather continuesThe severe weather over the last week shows what summer tends to bring – wildfires in the west, tropical storm and hurricane threats around the Atlantic, and severe storms across the country.  No matter where you live, make sure you’re staying current on the latest conditions:For wildfires - InciWeb is where you can find the latest updates...
Posted On: August 23, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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.To round out the week, here are a few of the updates from around our digital channels that showcase what’s at the top of our list this week:From Facebook: Peak hurricane season is hereEarlier this week, the FEMA Facebook page posted this graphic from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  It shows the number of hurricanes and tropical storms over the last 100...
Posted On: August 16, 2013
Author: Michael Sharon
Great weather has a way of getting people outside – and in this case, it helped share the message of being prepared for emergencies.  On Saturday, July 27, the warm temperatures brought out hundreds of residents to their local Home Depot store for new tools and supplies so they could work on home improvement projects. In Downingtown, PA, people that arrived at their local Home Depot, saw various private sector, local, and state representatives who came together to encourage preparedness in the community.We were there from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., talking to customers and answering...
Posted On: August 16, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
Effectively responding to disasters requires a team, but not just any team.  This team needs to be as diverse, multi-faceted, and as talented as the fabric of America itself.  Because of this, FEMA is always looking for opportunities to strengthen the team that prepares for, responds to, and recovers from emergencies.   I’m proud that last week FEMA took a step in bolstering this collection of partners by signing a partnership agreement with the AARP.  Here’s Administrator Fugate and AARP CEO Barry Rand at the signing ceremony:As Administrator Fugate and Mr. Rand said...
Posted On: August 14, 2013
Author: Roberto Hylton
If you have ever had the chance to speak with Administrator Fugate or listen to him discuss the role of first responders in disasters… you will know he views their work with a revered appreciation.  They are an intricate part of the emergency/disaster response team.  As a former Police Chief, I can attest to their hard work and dedication and agree whole heartedly with Administrator Fugate.In my 30 year career I have witnessed heroic efforts by my officers and colleagues, including during times of disasters.  While serving Prince George’s County, we responded to 9/11, Hurricane...
Posted On: August 12, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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 OutlookAccording to our friends at the National Weather Service, heavy rainfall with the potential for flooding is expected to continue across Northern Oklahoma and Arkansas.  Additionally, some rainfall with thunderstorms is possible from the Mid-Mississippi valley across the Mid-South, Carolinas, and Virginia. For folks in these areas here are some flood safety tips to...
Posted On: August 9, 2013

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