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Author: Tim Manning
One year ago, a deadly earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, killing over a hundred people. I was in Christchurch when the earthquake struck and I can still recall that day vividly. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, I will participate at a commemoration ceremony at the New Zealand Embassy here in Washington D.C. In addition, I would like to share some of what I experienced by linking to a post of my personal accounts from the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand’s blog. An excerpt from the blog, as well as the link to the full text is provided below. At the airport I went to the airline desks, only to...
Posted On: February 21, 2012
Author: Greig Powers
Three days into the new Joint Field Office for Alabama tornado recovery, Federal Coordinating Officer Joe Girot and his team joined the largest earthquake drill in Region IV’s history -- the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. Safety officers Hal Pashon and Rob Dahlman briefed the team in advance on what to expect. Hal explained that when the alarm sounded, all staff should be ready to drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture, and hold on to something to gain stability.Pelham, Ala., Feb. 7, 2012 -- Hal Pashon, FEMA Safety Officer, leads the "ShakeOut" in the...
Posted On: February 10, 2012
Author: Michael Widomski
Today at 10:15 a.m. CST (11:15 a.m. EST) -- millions of people across the U.S. will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. The drill is the largest earthquake preparedness event in central U.S. history. And don’t worry, even if you don’t live in the central U.S. you can still participate. Earthquakes can strike without warning, and you will only have seconds to react - so it’s important that everyone participates in the drill to ensure you know what to do should an earthquake strike.It only takes a couple of minutes to participate in the drill and practice these three simple steps...
Posted On: February 7, 2012
Author: Dan Stoneking
I work with people from global corporations based in Chicago, to sole proprietorships based out of a home office. One thing they both have in common? Both of them -- and anyone in between -- can participate in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill this Tuesday, February 7.For a small investment of your time, you could learn, teach, and exercise life saving actions to take during an earthquake: DROP to the ground Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops The drill is organized and coordinated by the Central U.S....
Posted On: February 6, 2012
Author: Tim Manning
You only have seconds to react to an earthquake, so it’s important to know what to do when the ground starts shaking – and I know this all too well. In 2011, I was in Christchurch, New Zealand to discuss emergency management issues when the deadly quake struck. I found myself putting to use years of knowledge and tips we at FEMA use to inform the public on preparing for emergencies.I saw the devastation firsthand, and it’s a stark reminder that no matter where we live – earthquakes strike without any warning. Another recent example is last August, when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Louisa...
Posted On: January 26, 2012
Author: Craig Fugate
"Duck and Cover." "Stop, Drop and Roll." "Shake, rattle and roll." There are a lot of slogans and catchphrases out there to help get our message across to the public about how to react in an emergency (OK, the last one I mentioned isn't really an emergency management one). I wanted to share an upcoming opportunity to focus on the catchphrase for what to do during an earthquake: "Drop. Cover. Hold on." Four weeks from today, on February 7 at 10:15 am central, millions of Americans will practice those very steps by participating in the annual Central U.S. ShakeOut.This last year was an...
Posted On: January 10, 2012
Author: William Carwile, III
2011 was full of natural disasters and emergencies – both large and small – but none rivaled the tragic scale of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last March. Just before the start of the New Year, I had the opportunity to again visit Japan, seeing the most impacted regions of the Iwate Prefecture and meeting with government officials from around the world to discuss the rebuilding and recovery challenges that are ongoing.As part of the two-day conference, (organized by the Japanese Cabinet Office, Japan International Cooperation Agency, United Nations Economic and Social Commission...
Posted On: January 9, 2012
Author: Tim Manning
Posted by: Tim Manning, Deputy Administrator, Protection and National PreparednessThrough our regional office in Denton, Texas, we continue to closely monitor the aftermath of a 5.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Oklahoma late Saturday night -- the largest earthquake in the state's history, according to the U.S. Geological Survey -- along with other severe weather that has continued to impact the state. We have reached out to our state and local partners in Oklahoma and will remain in close contact with them as local authorities continue to assess the damage.Back in April, I was at Jones...
Posted On: November 8, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The White House released this statement from the President earlier today: We have been following reports of the earthquake in Turkey's eastern province of Van with great concern. On behalf of the American people, I express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with the brave men and women who are working to bring assistance to this stricken region. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Turkish ally in this difficult time, and are ready to assist the Turkish authorities. In addition to the President's statement, we also pass along our thoughts...
Posted On: October 23, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We’ve mentioned the Great California ShakeOut several times on the blog, but wanted to put out a friendly reminder now that it’s right around the corner. On Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m. Pacific time, over 8 million people will participate in an earthquake drill to practice how to safely duck, take cover, and hold on in the event of an earthquake.With the ShakeOut just a few days away, here are a few reminders about the drill:  You don’t need to be in California to participate - The recent earthquake on the East Coast shows that earthquakes can happen practically anytime,...
Posted On: October 18, 2011

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