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Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note, updated on May 26, 2011: an update to this blog post has been posted.Through our regional offices, we're closely monitoring the severe weather and tornado watches and warnings as they continue. We are ready to support our state partners and the entire emergency management team as they prepare for and respond to the severe weather.Here are some tips to remain safe: A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area. A tornado warning is when a tornado is actually occurring, take shelter immediately. Listen to local and state officials for emergency information and...
Posted On: May 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend.Through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL, has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck,...
Posted On: May 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on the White House Blog on May 4, 2011, by Divya Kumaraiah, Policy Assistant to the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Over the past few weeks, a series of devastating tornadoes swept across the country. From Mississippi to Virginia, communities are suffering great losses. The Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Disaster Services Unit rapidly mobilized thousands of volunteers to assist local recovery efforts.Working closely with the State Service Commissions and FEMA, CNCS has built partnerships across...
Posted On: May 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Brownsville, Texas, July 24, 2008 -- A resident pushes his stalled car through a flooded street. Hurricane Dolly made landfall on South Padre island with 120 mph winds.This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, so we’ve been sharing ways you can get prepared before hurricane season begins on June 1.  Today, we wanted to look at the threat that severe tropical weather poses to inland areas, specifically, flooding.While many immediately think of strong winds when they think of hurricanes, heavy rains and inland flooding are equally destructive and dangerous.  Hurricanes and...
Posted On: May 25, 2011
Author: Sandra Knight
The devastation caused by the recent tornadoes and thunderstorms has highlighted how critical building safety is to overall public safety, property protection, and to our economic lifeblood.  Fittingly, President Obama has proclaimed May as National Building Safety Month in order to heighten awareness of the key role that the development and construction of safe residential and commercial building standards plays in the fight against catastrophic damage caused by disasters.So in light of National Building Safety month, I wanted to share FEMA’s efforts in this area, along with some...
Posted On: May 25, 2011
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Several blog posts have talked about how the federal assistance process often works in various disasters. When the President authorizes a disaster declaration, he authorizes a variety of response and recovery programs; and one of those programs is our public assistance program.The public assistance program provides grants to states who provide funds to applicants from state, local, tribal and territorial governments and certain private, nonprofit organizations for emergency work (such as debris removal or sheltering) and repair and replacement work, such as repairing damaged schools, fire...
Posted On: May 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and other states impacted by tornadoes last night.In Oklahoma, FEMA already has staff on the ground, including a Federal Coordinating Officer embedded with state officials at the Oklahoma Emergency Operations Center, and in Arkansas, we also have a Federal Coordinating Officer embedded with state officials at their Emergency Operations Center. FEMA also has proactively placed two Incident Management Assistance Teams on stand-by to assist with coordination efforts, should they be needed and requested by the state....
Posted On: May 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note, May 25, 11:50 a.m.: See this updated blog post for the latest on our ongoing support for the ongoing tornado response and recovery efforts.Through our regional offices in Denton, Texas and Kansas City, Mo., we are closely monitoring the severe storms and tornadoes currently passing through Oklahoma and parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. We stand ready to support our state partners and the entire emergency management team across the affected area as they prepare for and respond to the severe weather.As President Obama has said throughout the day, if you are in the...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Hurricane season is fast approaching (beginning June 1), and we are encouraging those in hurricane-prone areas to get prepared as part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Yesterday, we focused on getting prepared for the storm surge often caused by hurricanes– today’s theme is keeping your family and home safe from tropical storm- and hurricane-force winds.While hurricane-force winds often make the news, there’s no such thing as “just a tropical storm”. Hurricane- and tropical storm-force winds can send debris through the air, causing damage to homes and businesses. Also, hurricanes can...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Norm Dong
We’ve been getting a lot of questions recently concerning the number of presidentially-declared disasters and whether FEMA has enough money to respond to and help communities recover from the devastation that we’ve all witnessed recently.In fact this morning, Administrator Fugate got asked about this by CNN as he was doing live interviews from Joplin, Missouri. As he explained, disaster response and recovery is a team effort, with resources for survivors and reconstruction efforts coming from FEMA and other federal agencies, state and local governments, private insurers, volunteer and faith...
Posted On: May 24, 2011