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Author: Craig Fugate
For months, FEMA has been working closely with 11 of our state partners and many other members of the team to get the word out about the Great Central U.S. Shakeout – the first-ever multi-state public earthquake drill taking place next Thursday, April 28 at 10:15 am central time.And as of today, we’re less than two weeks away – which means it’s time for all of us, across the entire team, to get involved and do our part to get the word out. Why?The recent – and tragic - earthquakes we’ve seen from Japan, the fifth largest earthquake in recorded history, to the earthquakes that struck New...
Posted On: April 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Last month Administrator Fugate did a blog post asking you for your questions about FEMA and/or emergency management in general.  You responded with some great ones and below is a video from Administrator Fugate answering a few:  
Posted On: April 14, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate, Dr. Jack Hayes
Our agencies, along with other Federal, State, local agencies, volunteer and faith-based groups, and the private sector, are emphasizing flood safety this week.Since last year’s flood season, FEMA has been working with all our state partners on incorporating lessons learned from the past flood seasons into our emergency planning for this year, and emphasizing the important role that the public has in those emergency plans.And since February, our regional offices have been conducting aggressive outreach, along with our federal, state and local counterparts, emergency managers, and...
Posted On: March 16, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
(Updated with a video, 8am EST)FEMA is closely monitoring the effects of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan early this morning, and through our regional offices in the West Coast and in the pacific area, we are in close contact and coordination with state and local officials and stand ready to support them in any way needed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy.Tsunami warnings and watches have been issued for the U.S. territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, as well as portions of coastal areas in Hawaii,...
Posted On: March 11, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
When the blog started a few months ago, I encouraged everyone to use it as a place to have conversations about the current and important topics in emergency management.Since my first blog, we've featured posts from leaders within FEMA, as well as insights from other members across the emergency management team.  Now with the spring season upon us, which has already brought flooding, wildfires and tornadoes, I wanted to jump back into the blogosphere and give another opportunity for you to directly ask me some ask questions.  So what would you like to know - either about FEMA or...
Posted On: March 9, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
As many of you know, FEMA is a sub-agency of the Department of Homeland Security, and today is the eight-year anniversary of the department. We’re proud to work alongside all our DHS colleagues every day to do our part to protect our citizens and communities and strengthen our nation’s resiliency against all hazards. As Secretary Napolitano notes in a blog post today, “homeland security begins with hometown security” – nowhere is this more true than in the world of emergency management.So as we mark DHS’s eighth birthday, we’d like to take an opportunity to thank all of our state and local...
Posted On: March 1, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
The thoughts and prayers of every member of the FEMA team go out to the victims and survivors of the terrible earthquake that struck New Zealand yesterday. As with all international disasters, FEMA is supporting the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the U.S. Government’s response to the earthquake. FEMA Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness, Tim Manning was in Christchurch at the time of the quake, as part of a trip to New Zealand and Australia to discuss a broad range of emergency management issues, as part of ongoing international...
Posted On: February 22, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
Yesterday afternoon, Administrator Fugate spoke at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Louisiana State University’s Stephenson Disaster management Institute regarding FEMA's role in disaster response.He briefly spoke about FEMA's mission supporting Governor's and their emergency management teams, and how we need to look beyond a "government centric" approach to problem solving when it comes to disaster response and recovery (after, moderator Rick "Ozzie" Nelson called Craig’s remarks probably the shortest and most substantive in CSIS history).Since...
Posted On: February 18, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
Getting prepared for an emergency requires working with all members of the emergency management team, across many disciplines and at all levels of government. Preparing for a potential earthquake in the New Madrid seismic zone is no different.The New Madrid seismic zone runs through the heart of the United States, and this year marks the 200th anniversary of a catastrophic quake that struck the region. With 2011 being the bicentennial of the last major New Madrid earthquake, the emergency management team around the New Madrid seismic zone is making sure it is taking steps to be prepared for...
Posted On: February 17, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
As promised, the Administrator's speech from the 2011 ESRI Federal User Conference, is now available online.Let us know what you think in the comments below.- Brad
Posted On: January 21, 2011