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.
Flood Safety Awareness Week Recap
All week long we’ve shared flood safety tips, stories about the dangers of flooding, and reminders of the importance of being prepared for all types of floods as part of Flood Safety Awareness Week. Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S. and just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. So be sure your family is prepared for the different types of flooding and know what to do by visiting Ready.gov/floods for safety tips and more information on preparing for floods.
It’s equally important to make sure your home is protected against flooding, even if you don’t live in a flood zone. Remember, it typically takes 30 days for a flood insurance policy to take effect – so get flood insurance before you need it! For more information on the ins and outs of flood insurance, visit FloodSmart.gov.
And in case you didn’t get a chance to read them, here are our blogs from the week:
- My Time in the Water: Flood Safety Lessons Learned; from Scott E. Schermerhorn, Master Technician – Technical Rescue, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
- From Hermine to Heroes: Arlington, Texas Promotes Flood Safety with Unique Idea; from Brigette Gibson, Environmental Education Specialist and Audra Valamides, Stormwater Engineer, city of Arlington, Texas
Take a look at the Spring Flood Outlook published by our friends at NOAA.
Looking for youth to serve on our Youth Preparedness Council
Our Individual and Community Preparedness Division is looking for youth leaders to serve on FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council. The council is comprised of youth leaders from across the U.S. who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness. This is a unique opportunity for young leaders to serve on this highly distinguished national council; to complete a self-selected youth preparedness project; to voice their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions, and questions on youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national organizations working on youth preparedness; and to participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit.
If you know someone between the ages of 12 and 17 who wants to make a difference in their community, have contributed to youth disaster preparedness in their community or have lived through a disaster and wants to share their experiences, nominate them for the Youth Preparedness Council today!
Photo of the Week
CAPTION: Staten Island, N.Y., March 16, 2013 -- FEMA's Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) continue to register Hurricane Sandy survivors as the March 29th deadline for registration approaches. The DRC's offer information on repairing homes and businesses, financial, tax and legal help as well as other state and local advice.