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Author: Flat Stanley and Flat Stella
Today is the anniversary of last year’s earthquake along the east coast – the biggest earthquake to hit the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains.   To remember the importance of preparing for unexpected events, we visited the Washington Monument – it was damaged during the earthquake.  Many of FEMA’s partners also visited the Washington Monument today, including the National Park Service, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, U.S. Geological Survey, and representatives from the Virginia and D.C. governments. We met with Tim Manning, one of the big bosses at FEMA.  He talks...
Posted On: August 23, 2012
Posted by: Angela Petersen, Vice President, Business Continuity for Zions BankEditor’s Note: The views expressed by Angela Peterson do not necessarily represent the official views of the United States, the Department of Homeland Security, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA does not endorse any non-government organizations, entities, or services. On April 17, 2012, the State of Utah participated in the Great Utah ShakeOut the largest simulated earthquake exercise in the state’s history. Several members of my organization were fortunate enough to be asked to participate in the...
Posted On: May 1, 2012
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
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