What We’re Watching: 8/30/13

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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.

Weather Outlook

According to our friends at the National Weather Service, there are currently no severe weather threats impacting the U.S.  Heavy rain is expected for parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic going into Labor Day presenting the potential for flooding over portions of the Southeast.  Folks in the Northern Rockies and Northern and Central Plains can expect higher than normal temperatures over the next couple of days. 

We encourage everyone to monitor weather conditions in your area as the weather can quickly change. Visit www.weather.gov on your computer or http://mobile.weather.gov on your mobile device.

#NATLPREP Month is Here!

As you may know, September is National preparedness Month and all month long we’ll be sharing different preparedness information and events as well as stories of people and organizations that have taken the necessary steps to get prepared. We’ll also be encouraging residents, family, organizations and businesses to get prepared and encourage those in your community to get prepared too!

Just in time for National Preparedness Month, the Ready campaign recently redesigned the kids section on Ready.gov.  The redesigned site features a section for parents, educators and even kids where you’ll find easy to read information on preparing for an emergency, and soon you’ll be able to find fun games and tests to see if you know what to put in an emergency kit.

In addition to the new enhancements on the website, the campaign released these short videos encouraging parents to have a serious discussion with their kids about what to do and whom to call during an emergency. Check them out below:

As we head into the peak of hurricane season, I want to encourage everyone to take a moment to think about how prepared you are? What about your family and friends?  If you’re like the families in the videos above, then I encourage you to head over to Ready.gov and take the first step in preparing for an emergency by completing one simple step: making a family emergency plan.  Remember, disasters don’t discriminate, take action today!

Prepare-A-thon Next Week

Join us for a Preparedness Twitter Chat next Thursday, September 5 at 10:15 a.m. EDT.  The chat will focus on dispelling popular preparedness myths! If you’re on Twitter, follow @PrepareAthon for more information on the chat, and be sure to use #PrepareAthon to participate in the conversation. To submit a myth or question, tweet @PrepareAthon or email FEMA-prepareathon@fema.dhs.gov.

Check out our New Channels

We’ve recently launched a few new social channels and want to make sure you’re following or Like these accounts.

  • Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) Twitter  – The Center for Domestic Preparedness recently launched a Twitter account. For updates related to emergency responder training, be sure to follow them online.
  • Ready Facebook – Our Ready campaign has finally joined Facebook. Make sure you “Like” their page for more information and updates on preparing your friends and loved ones for an emergency.

Photos of the Week

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the week. For more photos, visit the FEMA Photo Library.

Edison, N.J., Aug. 27, 2013 -- A business owner signs up and speaks with New Jersey Small Business Development Center representatives at the Sam’s Club Emergency Preparedness Expo. Through this event, home and business owners can network with federal and local emergency managers about responding and recovering from disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Edison, N.J., Aug. 27, 2013 -- A business owner signs up and speaks with New Jersey Small Business Development Center representatives at the Sam’s Club Emergency Preparedness Expo. Through this event, home and business owners can network with federal and local emergency managers about responding and recovering from disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

Edison, N.J., Aug. 27, 2013 -- Federal Emergency Management Agency Private Sector Specialists, Pamela Mason and Art Goetz, speak with business owners and the public about preparedness techniques to mitigate disasters like Hurricane Sandy at the Sam’s Club Emergency Preparedness Expo.Edison, N.J., Aug. 27, 2013 -- Federal Emergency Management Agency Private Sector Specialists, Pamela Mason and Art Goetz, speak with business owners and the public about preparedness techniques to mitigate disasters like Hurricane Sandy at the Sam’s Club Emergency Preparedness Expo.

Fairbanks, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2013 -- FEMA Public Information Officer Victor Inge (L) is interviewed by staff writer Sam Friedman (R) from The Daily News-Miner regarding the end of the FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) registration period. FEMA is distributing IA disaster assistance grant information to news organizations in an attempt to register individuals that may be eligible for assistance before the registration period closes.Fairbanks, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2013 -- FEMA Public Information Officer Victor Inge (L) is interviewed by staff writer Sam Friedman (R) from The Daily News-Miner regarding the end of the FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) registration period. FEMA is distributing IA disaster assistance grant information to news organizations in an attempt to register individuals that may be eligible for assistance before the registration period closes.

Enjoy your labor day and the extended weekend!

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08/30/2013 - 16:44
Posted on Fri, 08/30/2013 - 16:44
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