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Author: Public Affairs
Ongoing Severe WeatherWe continue to closely monitor and work with our state and local partners as flooding continues along the Souris River. As you’ve probably seen in the news, local officials have issued evacuation orders for some communities along the river, specifically in Burlington and Minot. As we’ve said on this blog before, we will continue to work with the emergency management team to meet the needs of disaster survivors and the affected communities. Forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for more rain in the Great Plains and the Midwest, so be sure to follow the...
Posted On: June 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
When natural disasters, such as wildfires strike, the first responders are local emergency and public works personnel, volunteers, humanitarian organizations, and numerous private interest groups who provide emergency assistance required to protect the public's health and safety and to meet the immediate needs of survivors.In the case of the ongoing Texas wildfires, first responders and firefighters from more than 30 states continue to battle the blazes.  We sincerely commend their heroic efforts to protect public health and safety, fighting the fire to minimize damage to lives, property...
Posted On: April 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
For the last few weeks, we’ve worked with our partners to raise awareness of children’s fire safety. We wanted to highlight this story on (Mississippi), showing how one community is helping to spread the word.Have you shared fire safety tips with your children, or those that you come into contact with? has some great tips on getting children prepared so they know what to do in case of a fire. And if you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #kidsfiresafety to share how you’ve been getting children engaged.Also, check out some of our recent blog posts on kids...
Posted On: March 10, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Potential severe weatherWinter weather will continue to impact the western U.S. for much of the weekend, bringing colder temperatures and snow in areas of high elevation.  For those on the east coast, the unusually warmer temperatures of the past few days will rush out over the weekend, bringing the potential for high winds. And as the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map shows, residents in the Midwest and Great Lakes should be prepared for heavy snow and potential flooding.  Through our regional offices in Chicago and Kansas City (MO), we're closely monitoring...
Posted On: February 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As part of our campaign to raise awareness for kids fire safety, we wanted to highlight some photos to inspire you to have a conversation with kids you know about fire safety.We're working with a host of our partners across the public health, children’s advocacy and emergency management fields, including the National Commission on Children and Disasters.  While the photos below aren’t directly from partners of this campaign, we’re hoping they give you some ideas on preparing your family for home fires. Visit to learn more, and follow the conversation on...
Posted On: February 16, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
Yesterday, we were excited to kick off our public awareness campaign on fire safety tips for families and kids, and we’re happy that word is already getting out about both the campaign and some of the ways parents are educating their children about the risk of home fires. As Glenn Gaines, Acting Administrator of U.S. Fire Administration, mentioned yesterday, we’re working with a host of partners to raise awareness of how families can keep their homes and loved ones safe from home fires.  This story from WCTV (Tallahassee, FL) highlights some of the steps Tallahassee residents are taking...
Posted On: February 15, 2011
Author: Glenn Gaines
Every winter, we see the number of fires in homes or apartment buildings rise, especially as families turn to alternative sources of heating during the winter months. This year is no exception – and a new report released today by the U.S. Fire Administration finds that the threat of serious injury or death from residential fires is especially high for young children under the age of five.In fact, as USA Today reports this morning, according to this new study, 52 percent of all child fire deaths in 2007 involved children under the age of four, a slight increase from the most recent study...
Posted On: February 14, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Pacific Northwest severe weatherThe Pacific Northwest is experiencing heavy precipitation as severe weather rolls through the area. In areas of lower elevation, heavy rain is expected through the weekend, with the possibility of localized flooding. Higher elevations may experience significant levels of snowfall.Our regional office in Seattle, Washington is in close contact with state and local officials in case any needs arise. Throughout the weekend, we urge residents in affected areas to track local news and weather reports and follow the guidance of local officials.Northeast cleanup...
Posted On: January 14, 2011