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Author: Public Affairs
On our blog we are always talking about the team effort that is involved when it comes to emergency management. This team effort was on display this past Thursday as multiple federal agencies, including FEMA Regional Administrators Nancy Ward and Ken Murphy, as well as our state partners in Alaska testified before the House Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations regarding Tsunami preparedness for the United States.Washington, DC, April 14, 2011 -- (From left to right) Mary Glackin, Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere for NOAA, FEMA Region IX...
Posted On: April 15, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: On May 16, 2011, we removed an image of the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map.Severe weather outlookFEMA continues to closely monitor a severe weather pattern as the threat of tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds emerges over many parts of Alabama and Mississippi, and continued red flag warnings in Texas.  Severe storms could also affect parts of Eastern Missouri, central and southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and the Florida panhandle through Saturday.Stay connected to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center for severe...
Posted On: April 15, 2011
Author: David Myers
Throughout this week, we have been honoring the service and commitment of our nation’s volunteers. As President Obama said earlier this week: "America's story has been marked by the service of volunteers. Generations of selfless individuals from all walks of life have served each other and our Nation, each person dedicated to making tomorrow better than today…Volunteers are the lifeblood of our schools and shelters, hospitals and hotlines, and faith-based and community groups. From mentoring at-risk youth and caring for older Americans to supporting our veterans and military families and...
Posted On: April 14, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Last month Administrator Fugate did a blog post asking you for your questions about FEMA and/or emergency management in general.  You responded with some great ones and below is a video from Administrator Fugate answering a few:  
Posted On: April 14, 2011
Author: Robin Finegan
Yesterday I concluded a three-day visit to North Dakota to get an up close look at the flood fighting efforts going on in the Red River Valley. This was my fourth trip to the state this year, and I continue to be impressed by the spirit and resilience of these communities. Fargo, ND, April 10, 2011 -- FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan thanks North Dakota National Guard members for all their hard work. Photo: Micahel Rieger/FEMA   While meeting with state and local leaders and first responders, I saw firsthand the can-do spirit of the residents and local leaders...
Posted On: April 13, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
On March 30, 2011, President Obama signed Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8 on National Preparedness.But what does that mean exactly? Well, as the Department of Homeland Security writes on their blog: “this directive instructs the federal government to take action to strengthen our nation’s security and resilience against a variety of hazards, including terrorism, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters.” To read the full post visit http://blog.dhs.gov/2011/04/presidential-policy-directive-8.html.
Posted On: April 13, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
As many of you know, here at FEMA, our social media channels are a key tool in our communications toolbox. And we don’t just think about them as another way to put out a press release – social media is changing the way we do business.Under the leadership of Administrator Fugate, FEMA has launched a mobile website to make critical information more accessible for disaster survivors, and we use Twitter @fema and @craigatfema) and Facebook, along with many other forms of communication, to better support our state and local partners, communicate with the public, and gain situational awareness of...
Posted On: April 12, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
 Wadena, MN, June 22, 2010 -- An American Red Cross emergency vehicle provides meals and beverages to volunteers at the Wadena City Cemetery which sustained severe tree damage during the June 17, 2010 F4 tornado. Volunteer agencies play an important role during the recovery process. FEMA/Michael Mancino Wadena, MN, June 22, 2010 -- An American Red Cross emergency vehicle provides meals and beverages to volunteers at the Wadena City Cemetery which sustained severe tree damage during the June 17, 2010 F-4 tornado. Volunteer agencies play an important role during the recovery...
Posted On: April 11, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: On May 16, 2011, we removed an image of the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map.Severe weather outlookOver the next few days, the National Weather Service is calling for severe weather in many parts of the U.S.  The Pacific Northwest is expected to see periods of heavy precipitation, along with parts of the Midwest.  In the South, drought conditions should continue, setting the stage for possible wildfire outbreaks in parts of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.Red River Valley flood fightIn addition to severe weather, the Upper Midwest is also...
Posted On: April 8, 2011
Author: Nicole Lurie, M.D., MSPH,
As National Public Health Week draws to a close, as events in Japan shift toward recovery, they act as an important reminder of how closely tied disaster emergency management is to health. Indeed, medical concerns of citizens are always a preeminent focus of any disaster response.Regardless of the nature of a particular disaster, the underlying health of affected populations has a significant impact on disaster management. Populations across the U.S. struggle on a day-to-day basis against a myriad of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, asthma and other common illnesses. With good...
Posted On: April 8, 2011

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