Throughout the recent government shutdown, FEMA was committed to supporting disaster survivors. Ongoing response operations to recent disasters have continued because this work is funded by the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), which did not lapse with other appropriations on September 30, 2013. It will take time for FEMA to get back to business as usual. We ask for your patience in the coming days and weeks as we reactivate all of FEMA’s activities following the government shutdown. Below are some highlights from this past week of FEMA activities.
The ground shook (figuratively) and we practiced how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On (literally) during the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill yesterday.
Millions of individuals, families, students, teachers, businesses and organizations across the country took part in the ShakeOut. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, and ShakeOut earthquake drill is a time for people to practice what to do during an earthquake. So remember, if an earthquake occurs, just DROP under a sturdy table, COVER your head, and HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
Here’s how the ShakeOut played out for a few FEMA staff yesterday:
Lincroft, N.J, October 17, 2013 -- FEMA employees practice how to drop, cover, and hold on during the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill.
Although the ShakeOut is over, we encourage you to continue to practice earthquake drills along with other safety drills to prepare your family and friends for an emergency. And even though the Great ShakeOut was yesterday, you can still be counted as a participant (along with over 18 million Americans) by registering at the Great ShakeOut website.
Visit www.shakeout.org for more information on the ShakeOut and remember, if the ground starts shaking, Drop, Cover and Hold On.
Fort Collins, Colo., October 16, 2013 -- Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams working in Big Elk Meadows to register disaster survivors, coordinate outreach efforts.
Colorado Flood Recovery Continues
We continue to support ongoing recovery efforts underway in Colorado following last month’s flooding. To date, more than 12,500 impacted individuals and families have been approved for FEMA assistance, accounting for more than $44 million in approved assistance. Here are a few photos highlighting the work being done to assist residents during the recovery process.
Fort Collins, Colo., October 16, 2013 -- Denver Mobile Emergency Response System (MERS) deploys a inflatable satellite dish in support of Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSAT) working in the isolated community of Big Elk Meadows to register disaster survivors.
Loveland, Colo., October 11, 2013 -- FEMA Hazardous Mitigation Community Education Outeach (CEU) specialist Amelia Pino discusses the various programs that FEMA is offering to residents affected by recent flooding at a Lowe's Hardware Store. FEMA is working with local, state, businesses and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by the flooding.
Jamestown, Colo., October 9, 2013 -- Deane Criswell, FEMA Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer, and Dan Alexander, FEMA Long Term Recovery Director, look at map which shows the course of the flood waters in and around the Jamestown, CO area. FEMA is working with local, state, volunteer and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by flooding.
Jamestown, Colo., October 2, 2013 -- FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams arrive via helicopter in the isolated community of Jamestown to help register disaster survivors for disaster assistance.
Jamestown, Colo., October 2, 2013 -- FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams arrive in Jamestown to go door to door to make sure any residents still in town are registered for assistance with FEMA.
Lyons, Colo., October 2, 2013 -- William Lindsey, a FEMA Public Affairs Officer (PIO) talks with a TV reporter who was documenting a housing inspection in Lyons, Colo. FEMA provides housing inspection to eligible FEMA applicants.
Lyons, Co, October 7, 2013 -- A Salvation Army volunteer gives a resident food at a temporary disaster recovery site in Lyons, Colo. The town of Lyons experienced significant damage when flood waters hit the town.