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Author: Kevin Hannes
Sometimes large-scale events and unforeseen circumstances can slow down recovery efforts, and sometimes all it takes is something small – like a toad. In case you don’t regularly read the Austin American Statesman, you may have missed an interesting story that shows the complex nature of disaster recovery. Those involved with disaster recovery need to think about a wide variety of factors that come into play, including the cleanup efforts’ effects on animals.To set the stage, a historic wildfire season hit Texas in 2011, and we continue to work in support of state and local officials in...
Posted On: January 13, 2012
Author: Public Affairs
PoEmmitsburg, MD, October 16, 2011 -- The names of firefighters who lost their lives in 2010 are unveiled at the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial. Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator, and Glenn Gaines, Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration, were in attendance to honor those who lost their lives serving their communities, and support the families they leave behind. (Photo courtesy of Fallen Firefighters Foundation)Yesterday, the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted a memorial service remembering firefighters who have lost...
Posted On: October 17, 2011
Author: Glenn Gaines
Throughout Fire Prevention Week, I’ve reflected on the changes in how we prepare for and prevent fires, as well as the importance of properly using a fire extinguisher. To wrap up the week, I wanted to remind you that protecting your family and home from fire all begins with prevention. Have working smoke alarms in your home Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce the risk of dying from a fire in your home by almost half. A smoke alarm stands guard around the...
Posted On: October 14, 2011
Author: Glenn Gaines
At the U.S. Fire Administration, we receive numerous questions throughout the year (and especially during Fire Prevention Week) related to home fire safety, but none more so than questions related to fire extinguishers.The use of a fire extinguisher in the hands of a trained adult can be a life and property saving tool. However, a majority of adults have not had fire extinguisher training and may not know how and when to use them. Several years ago when I was still on the job as Chief with the Fairfax County Fire/Rescue department, I recall an incident to which my fire company was dispatched...
Posted On: October 13, 2011
Author: Glenn Gaines
During this 89th Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15, 2011), take a moment and reflect with me on how far we’ve come and where we need to go to protect our families and communities from fire. Before I discuss some of the changes in the firefighting and fire prevention landscape, the most important thing to remember is you can do your part to make your family safer from the risk of fire.What You Can DoThe following tips will help you keep your family and homes safer, everyday: Establish and practice an emergency escape plan that includes at least two exits out of your home and designate a...
Posted On: October 12, 2011
Author: Glenn Gaines
We often say it takes a team to prepare and be ready for disasters. This week, USFA and other members of the emergency management team will be providing tips to make our families and homes safer everyday so that we are better prepared for emergencies. This week is Fire Prevention Week, and I’m proud the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is working with National Fire Protection Association and hundreds of other organizations to promote this year’s theme: It’s Fire Prevention Week! Protect Your Family from Fire!I’d like to start by asking a simple question - do you know if your home is fire-safe...
Posted On: October 11, 2011
Author: Kevin Hannes
One month ago this week, drought-stricken Texas’ severe wildfire season turned tragic when fires raged through neighborhoods in Bastrop and dozens of other communities around the state. Even as the fires burned, Texans were out in full force, supporting the neighbors whose homes and lives were in peril and the firefighters who were battling the blazes.Bastrop, TX, October 1, 2011 --Volunteer assists with the clean-up efforts in Bastrop, TX. Groups from various faith-based programs are removing scrape metal from burned out homes and giving the homeowners the monies from the recycling fees.In...
Posted On: October 4, 2011
Author: Kevin Hannes
Bastrop, Texas, September 17, 2011 -- FEMA Community Relations and Individual Assistance specialists work with deaf and hard of hearing survivors at a Disaster Recovery Center in Bastrop, Texas. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by recent fires.Just 11 days since President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for the Texas wildfires, state and federal assistance to survivors has topped $5 million. Getting money in the pockets of Texans who have been affected by these historic fires is vital, and we’re working closely...
Posted On: September 20, 2011
Author: Kevin Hannes
Bastrop, TX, September 14, 2011 -- Kevin L. Hannes, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, inspects an emergency relief kit being given to survivors by the Red Cross at the Disaster Recovery Center. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by recent fires.As firefighters continue to battle wildfires in Texas, we continue to work with our state emergency management partners to ensure that impacted communities have the resources needed to recover. On September 9th, the President declared a disaster for the state of Texas, which made...
Posted On: September 16, 2011
Author: Kevin Hannes
Bastrop County, TX, September 13, 2011 -- Federal and state experts answer questions and help Bastrop County residents get registered for federal disaster assistance.We’ve been keeping you updated on what’s happening with the historic and devastating wildfires in Bastrop County, Texas. Now, FEMA and the state of Texas have opened a center to provide survivors a place to come to receive information and get their questions answered.A Disaster Recovery Center opened Tuesday in Bastrop, hosting experts from FEMA, the state of Texas and the U.S. Small Business Administration. It’s a place where...
Posted On: September 14, 2011

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