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.
Cold Weather Next Week
Although some areas across the U.S. are experiencing abnormally high temperatures for January, the National Weather Service is expecting much cooler temperatures throughout several parts of the U.S. over the next week. Here are some winter weather safety tips to keep in mind if cold weather is expected in your area:
- Limit travel during a storm – only venture out on the roads if it’s absolutely necessary.
- Stay up to date with your latest forecast – visit weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your smartphone for the latest conditions in your area.
- Have an emergency kit in your vehicle – if a winter storm develops suddenly, have supplies on hand in case you’re stranded in your vehicle.
- Take precautions for power outages – winter storms often cause power outages, so be sure your family and home take steps to sustain yourselves for at least 72 hours.
As the weather continues to get colder and with cases of the flu on the rise, make sure you and your family are taking the proper precautions to stay healthy this winter. Visit the Center for Disease Control website for more information on the flu or download the American Red Cross app for tips on how to stay healthy.
New Mobile Site
Our mobile site has been renovated! Not only have we given the site a new look and feel, we’ve made it more user-friendly and easier to navigate on your smart phones. In addition to the new look and feel of the site, some other changes include:
- Both graphic and text version of the website – If your phone is not compatible with the graphic version, you will automatically get redirected to the text only version.
- Easier to navigate menu – The new accordion style menu allows for easier navigation to content and previous pages visited.
- Updated content – We’ve added information on making a family communication plan, building your emergency kit, information on how to donate and volunteer responsibly, and links to our state and local partners mobile sites.
So if you haven’t done so, bookmark our mobile site on your phone so no matter where you may be when a disaster strikes, you’ll be able to access important life-saving information that can be the difference in the event of an emergency.
Hurricane Sandy Update
As of today, over 525,000 storm survivors have applied for assistance and $1.19 billion in federal aid has been approved. As we continue to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts across states affected by the storm, I wanted to highlight some great resources and information available to disaster survivors:
- Rebuilding Stronger Checklist
- Help for Renters Who Lost Personal Property
- Working Together with Community Groups
Here are a few photos of our ongoing recovery efforts. For more photos or videos on Hurricane Sandy, visit our Hurricane Sandy Collection.
Queens, N.Y., Jan. 8, 2013 -- Community Relations Specialist Jean Ones Austin distributes flyers to Haitian small businesses about recovery information following Hurricane Sandy. FEMA provides assistance information to everyone that was impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Fort Monmouth, N.J., Jan. 8, 2013 -- FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino tours a Temporary Housing Unit (THU) community at Fort Monmmouth with a U.S. Army Corps Housing Task Force leader. As part of an ongoing effort to ensure families and individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy get the support they need, FEMA licensed THU's from the Department of Defense for eligible disaster survivors as part of an Individual Assistance function.
Queens, N.Y., Jan. 7, 2013 -- External Affairs Report Specialist, Rebecca Eith and IT Specialist, Jerry Chan are two of the many FEMA local hires that are working in the Hurricane Sandy recovery process. In the aftermath of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, FEMA is hiring local employees to help with the recovery of many communities impacted by the storm.
For the latest Sandy recovery information, visit your state disaster page.
- New York: http://www.fema.gov/SandyNY
- New Jersey: http://www.fema.gov/SandyNJ
- Connecticut: http://www.fema.gov/SandyCT
- Rhode Island: http://www.fema.gov/SandyRI
For a complete list of state disaster pages, visit www.fema.gov.
Have a great (and safe) weekend!