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Author: Craig Fugate
This was originally posted on the White House blog on October 7, 2011.As part of the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8), we are pleased to announce the release of the first-ever National Preparedness Goal. To summarize, the goal is:To have a secure and resilient Nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.You can read the full 26 page document here.The Goal identifies the core capabilities and capability targets necessary to...
Posted On: October 7, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
Ask anyone who has lived through a significant disaster what that experience was like and – without a doubt – one of the things some people are likely to recall is how difficult it was to communicate from their mobile phones with friends, family and emergency services like 911 in the immediate aftermath.Many of us were reminded of this last month, when both a 5.8 magnitude earthquake and Hurricane Irene struck parts of the East Coast. People immediately reached for their phones to call loved ones or 911. Unfortunately, in some cases, loss of power made communication difficult.The FCC and FEMA...
Posted On: September 21, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
Published by: Brad Carroll, Press SecretaryAs we continue ongoing response and recovery efforts in many areas across the country, we wanted to share a recent interview featuring Administrator Fugate reflecting on the work that FEMA has done to support our state, tribal and local partners this year, so far. From historic flooding in many areas to deadly tornadoes, droughts and an earthquake and torrential rain from several tropical storms and hurricanes, this year has shown the importance of getting prepared.This year has also demonstrated the importance of the team approach in emergency...
Posted On: September 15, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
This year has shown us that disasters can strike anywhere, and can often come unexpectedly. This year alone, we’ve seen historic flooding along many rivers, deadly tornadoes in several states, a hurricane hit the East Coast (including New England), and recently, even an earthquake in Virginia. So as we kick off National Preparedness Month, I have an important question for you – are you ready? In the past few weeks, I’ve been doing media interviews, telling folks what FEMA’s doing and stressing the importance of getting your family prepared for an emergency. And this morning, I kicked off...
Posted On: September 1, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
Ludlow, VT, August 30, 2011 -- Administrator Craig Fugate (right) goes over a map of Ludlow with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (center) and General Dick Harris, Brigadier General, Vermont National Guard. They surveyed damages in the town following the inland flooding caused by Irene.You may have heard media reports that the lead up to Irene was over-hyped and that we “dodged a bullet” – well I can tell you that while the impacts of Irene could have been much worse, there are many areas, especially in the Northeast that are still experiencing dangerous inland flooding and our state and local...
Posted On: August 31, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
While many are saying the U.S. “dodged a bullet” with Irene, Administrator Fugate gives a reminder that Irene is still a threat – especially because of heavy rains and the potential for widespread flooding:  Get prepared for floods at Ready.gov, and please continue to follow the direction of local officials if your area is being affected by Irene. For other flood safety tips, check out our blog post from earlier today.
Posted On: August 28, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
As I’ve been saying in several video updates this week, the entire emergency management team is busy preparing for and responding to Hurricane Irene. As part of our efforts, we’re working closely with voluntary and faith-based organizations, especially those part of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (National VOAD).This important partnership is vital in helping communities and individuals prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters – because these organizations act as invaluable links to the communities they regularly serve. National VOAD is the forum where...
Posted On: August 26, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We’re continuing to closely monitor Hurricane Irene as it threatens much of the East Coast, from Florida to Maine. While it’s too soon to tell exactly where Irene will make landfall or have the most significant impacts, Administrator Fugate has an update on the ways you can get prepared:  Know if you’re in an evacuation zone, and what your plan is to evacuate if local officials give the order. If you’re not in an evacuation zone, be prepared for potential flooding and power outages. Make sure your emergency kit has supplies to sustain you, your family, and your pets for at least 72...
Posted On: August 25, 2011
Author: Gwen Camp
On Friday, I had the opportunity to visit the Delaware Emergency Operations Center in Smyrna, Del. with Administrator Fugate. Jamie Turner, the Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, hosted us as we toured their facilities and talked about ways we can work together to prepare across the First State and nationally. FEMA is committed to supporting states, tribes and territories and we’re grateful to Jamie and his team for hosting us last week.Here's a video of Administrator Fugate from our visit to the Delaware EOC, emphasizing the importance of the emergency management team:
Posted On: August 16, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
It’s already been an active hurricane season and our busiest months are yet to come. While we are lucky that so far we have not had any major hurricanes threaten the U.S., as Administrator Fugate has said, it’s only a matter of time before that luck runs out. A major hurricane making landfall in the U.S. is not a matter of if, but when and we all need to do our part to be prepared. And tomorrow, you’ll get the chance to ask Craig how.Join Administrator Fugate and the Weather Channel’s Hurricane Expert, Dr. Rick Knabb, tomorrow (Wed, Aug 17) at noon for a Lunchtime Live Chat with the Weather...
Posted On: August 16, 2011

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