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Author: Jessica Stapf
Fires can happen on both large and small scales in all kinds of places. This week, we’ve seen two examples that show the dangers of fire, but both stories offer examples of fire safety in action.Here in the United States, lightning struck two separate homes in Texas—six miles apart. The damage was devastating, but not as devastating as it could have been. Both families’ lives were spared thanks to some working smoke alarms.The communities affected have rallied around these families in order to help them begin their recovery. "’The neighborhood is coming...
Posted On: January 7, 2015
Author: Jason Lindesmith
Winter is here – that time of year when we’re bundling up, trying to stay warm, and getting ready for the holiday season.  It’s also a time to think about fire safety, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t recognize the amazing progress our partners are making to make our communities safer.     Here’s one example.  One of our closest partners, the American Red Cross, has embarked on an innovative effort to focus their fire preparedness campaigns - and they’re using data from FEMA to make it happen. Here’s how it...
Posted On: December 15, 2014
Author: Justin Dombrowski, John Maclean
With just a flicker of a match, a cigarette butt, or a lightning strike in the high country, fire takes its toll fast and with no regard for those in its path.These statistics, from last year alone, show how wildfires have a significant impact across the country:11 firefighters lost their lives67,774 wildfires burned 9.3 million acres -  that’s the second highest amount of acres burned over the last 10 years4,244 structures were destroyed, including 2,216 residences - well above the “average” yearAs weather becomes more extreme across the nation, so does the threat of fire.Fire seasons...
Posted On: March 4, 2013
Author: Ernie Mitchell
Each year Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season in my home.  As soon as the meal is over and we settle in for the football game, we begin to create our holiday to-do lists.  Because of my two grandsons, decorating our home has become a very special tradition. Whether sorting through yards of twinkling bulbs, hanging ornaments on the tree, lighting the menorah, or displaying the seven symbols of Kwanzaa, many citizens across the United States cherish this time of year.  Unfortunately, these traditions may also increase the chance of a fire in our homes. ...
Posted On: December 11, 2012
Author: Flat Stanley and Flat Stella
The weather has been getting colder – and that means more than just getting out the winter coat, hat, and gloves.  It also means we’re getting close to the holidays and some extra cheer is in the air!  However you celebrate the season, you’re probably doing some decorating inside your house, out in the yard, or in your own room!Putting up lights, candles, and holiday decorations can be a lot of fun.  We have been spending the last few days learning about how to safely put up all our pretty decorations.  You see, more houses tend to be damaged by fires this time of year,...
Posted On: December 7, 2012
Author: Andrew Velasquez III
Fire Prevention Week - October 7-13 - is a time to reflect on the bravery of our local firefighters who risk, and sometimes sacrifice, their lives to save others.  It is also a time to make sure you and your family have an emergency plan and know the steps to take if confronted by a fire or other emergency. Before joining the FEMA team, I was the Director of the state of Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Executive Director for the city of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management.  I have seen first-hand the devastating effects of fires.  That is why FEMA Region...
Posted On: October 10, 2012
Author: Ernie Mitchell
I have a challenge for you.  Wherever you’re reading this blog post, look around the room you’re in. Do you know two ways that you could safely exit the room in the event of a fire? Sunday marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13), and the fire service, teachers, and others in your communities across the U.S. will be sharing fire safety tips, with a focus on the importance of knowing how to safely evacuate your home, school, or office during a fire.  We’ll be using the slogan “Have Two Ways Out”, which is a key ingredient in knowing the fire escape plan for...
Posted On: October 5, 2012
Author: Rich Serino
While I was in Colorado Springs for the Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships conference last week, I also had the honor of meeting with some of the impressive first responders from the state and local level who fought the Waldo Canyon Fire.The firefighters faced an intense challenge. Sixty-five mile-per-hour winds fanned the flames and pushed the fire up and down mountainsides surrounding the town. More than 32,000 residents were forced to evacuate and the fire consumed more than 18,000 acres.FEMA worked as part of a team of federal, state and local agencies, supporting the...
Posted On: July 30, 2012
Author: Ernest Mitchell
It’s hard to imagine the Fourth of July festivities without a great fireworks display. But celebrations can become tragic when someone is injured or property is damaged by fire. FEMA and the US Fire Administration remind you to prepare for a safe and memorable Independence Day by leaving the fireworks to the professionals. Even those fireworks that are sold legally can cause injuries. Also with many areas of the country under severe drought conditions, the chances of accidentally causing a fire are greatly increased, so they should be avoided in those areas.Did you know that fireworks alone...
Posted On: July 3, 2012
Author: Dan Stoeker
First responders, volunteers, and community and voluntary organizations – these are usually the first people on the ground to help following a disaster.  These key members of the emergency management team are vital in helping communities and individuals prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and are invaluable links between the communities they regularly serve and tribal, local, state, and federal government. The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) is a coalition of 53 national nonprofit organizations and 55 State/Territory members,...
Posted On: June 29, 2012


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