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.
Hurricane Sandy Updates
CAPTION: Breezy Point, N.Y., March 22, 2013 -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to work with local communities to remove debris from houses destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. More than 5.5 million cubic yards have been removed so far.
Recovery efforts continue at full speed in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. If you or someone you know wants to know the latest on the recovery, here are a few online resources from FEMA and the impacted states:
- FEMA Sandy – for updates on recovery efforts, disaster assistance and all things related to Hurricane Sandy
- FEMA – for updates and announcements
- New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
- New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
- Web Pages
In case you missed it…
- We’re looking for young leaders interested in making a change and serving on FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council. Youth leaders (ages 12-17) 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 are encouraged to apply. You can also nominate someone you think deserves to serve on this distinguished council.
The deadline to submit an application or nomination is April 19, 2013. Visit Ready.gov/youth-preparedness for more information or to download an application today!
- As part of the Department of Homeland Security’s 10-year anniversary, Administrator Fugate discussed a few of the milestones at FEMA and the agency’s priorities moving forward. In part one, he answers “How has FEMA changed in the last few years?” and “What are a few of the milestones that mark those changes?” Part two talks about building capacity at a national scale and the agency’s future priorities. If you’re an emergency manager or have an interest in public safety, both posts are a great read!
One volunteer’s story
Earlier this week, an AmeriCorps volunteer wrote about her experience helping those affected by Sandy; it’s a great short story that shows how disasters can leave an impact long after the event has passed. Here’s a small section from her full story:
In weeks of mucking and gutting, I met homeowners who are ready to let it all go and move on and I’ve also met homeowners who are trying so hard to salvage even the moldiest items. There are residents who cannot even express the magnitude of their appreciation for our services. We have worked with hoarders, do-it-yourselfers, first-time homeowners and one woman living in a house passed down from the 40’s. Through it all, we have spent long hours and many days working with one major goal in mind - bringing families home.
With that, have a great and safe weekend!