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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
Author: Dan Stoneking
Over the last two days over 250 people gathered from across the country at the first national conference on “Building Resilience through Public Private Partnerships,” with an additional 700 or so viewers joining via live webcast.The conference put on by FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Private Sector, the U.S. Northern Command and hosted at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Headquarters on Wednesday and the American Red Cross Headquarters on Thursday, provided participants not only an opportunity to hear from leaders and innovators in both government and the private sector...
Posted On: August 8, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we mentioned yesterday, we continue to closely monitor tropical storm Emily. The latest update from the National Hurricane Center includes a tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico, Haiti, Vieques and Culebera, as well as a tropical storm watch for the U.S. Virgin Islands.This video from Administrator Fugate discusses what we’ve been up to, and how you can get prepared:Visit for the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, and visit the Severe Tropical Weather category on the blog.
Posted On: August 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
In an article in today’s The Hill, they give an inside look into FEMA’s philosophical approach to building and strengthening the team for emergency management, an approach being driven by Administrator Fugate. Since coming to FEMA, he’s been out in front of many changes at the agency, tapping into his years of experience as an emergency medical technician and then as an emergency manager.Here’s a section from the full article: The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has spent the first two years of his tenure streamlining operations at the agency and shaking off...
Posted On: July 8, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
I'm proud to announce that the winner is the Map Your Neighborhood program submitted by Penny W. Here’s a little bit about the program from Penny’s submission: It [the Map Your Neighborhood program] involves meeting with a small group of your neighbors to set up a plan for evacuation, rescue, etc. in the event of a disaster. You physically draw a diagram of your neighbor's homes to include gas shut-offs, water shut-offs, etc. You also inquire and make a list of who has a ladder, chain-saw, rope, muscular strength, or who can provide childcare so others can go to the aid of...
Posted On: June 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The Administrator just returned from Joplin, Mo. and recorded this video to talk about the best ways to help the people of Joplin.Resources: How to help the people of Missouri (keep in mind that donating cash is the best way to help survivors - just be sure you're donating with a trusted organization) Additional information to how to help all disaster survivors
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate, Tom Vilsack
For weeks, we have been monitoring the potential for significant flooding in Louisiana, along with the other states currently being impacted by the Mississippi River flooding and historic water levels. And similar to their actions to mitigate the impacts of flooding in Missouri several weeks ago, today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Spillway in Louisiana to help minimize damage to property, structures, and to protect millions of people from historic flood levels.Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the breach of the Morganza Spillway. While the Army Corps is...
Posted On: May 14, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Yesterday, at the request of President Obama, Administrator Fugate traveled to Alabama to meet with Governor Bentley and Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner, along with other federal, state and local leaders.Craig started the day in Birmingham where he met with Senator Shelby and Representatives Aderholt and Sewell. Together, along with members of the Alabama National Guard, and thanks to their helicopter support, the group did an aerial damage surveillance tour from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa.Craig met up with Governor Bentley and Art Faulkner, Director of Alabama...
Posted On: April 29, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
At the request of President Obama, Administrator Fugate is travelling to Alabama today to meet with Gov. Robert Bentley, and other state and local officials, to assess damage and ensure the state is receiving all support needed for response and recovery operations.  Details regarding Administrator Fugate’s visit to Alabama will be posted on the blog later today.Since the tornadoes struck, through our regional office in Atlanta, Ga., we have been in constant contact with the governor’s office and state emergency management officials, and have deployed staff to Alabama’s emergency...
Posted On: April 28, 2011
Posted by: Public AffairsAs many of you have no doubt seen, devastating storms and tornadoes struck the southeastern U.S. last night.  Here’s a video update from Administrator Fugate on the latest:Forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for more severe weather today.  If you are in the potentially affected area, be sure to stay updated with your local forecast and follow the direction of local officials.For tips on staying safe before, during and after a tornado, thunderstorm or flood, visit or our mobile site ( keep updated with our latest...
Posted On: April 28, 2011
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