What We're Watching: 5/9/14

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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.

 "We'll be here for the long haul" - Yesterday, President Obama visited with communities in Arkansas impacted by last week's tornadoes. He talked with some of the families who lost loved ones as a result of the tornadoes, as well as some of the first responders, recovery workers, and members of the National Guard that are helping the community recover. "We'll be here for the long haul" - Yesterday, President Obama visited with communities in Arkansas impacted by last week's tornadoes. He talked with some of the families who lost loved ones as a result of the tornadoes, as well as some of the first responders, recovery workers, and members of the National Guard that are helping the community recover.

Federal Assistance Available for Residents Impacted by Last Week’s Severe Storms

Following severe weather across the South and Southeast that resulted in tornadoes and flooding, President Obama declared major disasters in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida, making assistance available to residents in designated counties who were affected by the storms. This week, President Obama visited Arkansas to view ongoing recovery efforts and pledged the nation’s continued support as those affected by the storms begin to recover. Take a look at these few photos of ongoing recovery efforts. Impacted residents in declared states to register for disaster assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or for TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly.

To find out if the county you live in is eligible for assistance, or for updates on recovery efforts, visit your state’s disaster page:

Here are a few photos of ongoing recovery efforts. For more photos, visit the FEMA Media Library.

 Louisville, Miss., May 5, 2014 -- Dwayne McKinley is cutting up downed trees with a chain saw at the Louisville Memorial Park Cemetery. Residents of Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne and Winston counties are eligible to register for assistance with FEMA. Louisville, Miss., May 5, 2014 -- Dwayne McKinley is cutting up downed trees with a chain saw at the Louisville Memorial Park Cemetery. Residents of Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne and Winston counties are eligible to register for assistance with FEMA.

 Mayflower, Ark., May 4, 2014 -- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson comforts a disaster survivor in the residential neighborhood of Plantation Drive in Mayflower, Arkansas, which was struck by an EF-4 tornado on April 27. FEMA supports local, state and tribal governments and assists individual survivors in their efforts to recover from natural disasters. Photo by Christopher Mardorf/FEMA - Location: Mayflower, AR Mayflower, Ark., May 4, 2014 -- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson comforts a disaster survivor in the residential neighborhood of Plantation Drive in Mayflower, Arkansas, which was struck by an EF-4 tornado on April 27. FEMA supports local, state and tribal governments and assists individual survivors in their efforts to recover from natural disasters. Photo by Christopher Mardorf/FEMA - Location: Mayflower, AR

 Louisville, Miss., May 6, 2014 -- Volunteers from the North Carolina Baptist Men are working to set up the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA mobile hospital in Louisville, Miss., after the local hospital was damaged by the tornado on April 28th. Bill Koplitz/FEMA Louisville, Miss., May 6, 2014 -- Volunteers from the North Carolina Baptist Men are working to set up the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA mobile hospital in Louisville, Miss., after the local hospital was damaged by the tornado on April 28th. Bill Koplitz/FEMA

Weather Outlook
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According to our friends at the National Weather Service, this Mother’s Day weekend has a whole range of possible weather conditions, depending on where you might be. Temperatures will near 90F in some areas, while others could see severe weather, and even snow and heavy rains. Find your local forecast at weather.gov.

If severe weather is expected in your area, remember:

  • Monitor your battery-powered radio or television for emergency information. 
  • Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report downed power lines and electrical hazards to the police and the utility company. 
  • Injury may result from the direct impact of a tornado or it may occur afterward when people walk among debris and enter damaged buildings. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris. 
  • After a tornado, be aware of possible structural, electrical or gas-leak hazards in your home. Contact your local city or county building inspectors for information on structural safety codes and standards. They may also offer suggestions on finding a qualified contractor to do work for you.

Visit Ready.gov/severe-weather  for more tips on what to do if severe weather is expected in your area. You can also visit http://m.fema.gov for safety tips on your mobile device.

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05/09/2014 - 18:20
Posted on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 18:18
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