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Author: Public Affairs
On Saturday, we shared how the emergency management team stood ready to support Louisiana as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the decision to open the Morganza Spillway.  We continue to closely coordinate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to ensure the safety and recovery of the people and communities we serve.Below is a video of Col. Ed Fleming, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Gerard Stolar, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, talking about ongoing federal support efforts as the spillway was...
Posted On: May 16, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate, Tom Vilsack
For weeks, we have been monitoring the potential for significant flooding in Louisiana, along with the other states currently being impacted by the Mississippi River flooding and historic water levels. And similar to their actions to mitigate the impacts of flooding in Missouri several weeks ago, today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Spillway in Louisiana to help minimize damage to property, structures, and to protect millions of people from historic flood levels.Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the breach of the Morganza Spillway. While the Army Corps is...
Posted On: May 14, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Here's a look at some of the photos from this week. For our latest updates, stay tuned to this blog.If you or someone you know has sustained losses in a county that is designated for federal assistance, apply for assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov, on your phone at http://m.fema.gov, by calling (800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585, or by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) near you (find DRC’s on your phone).Ringgold, Ga., May 8, 2011 -- DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano stopped in Cherokee Valley, Ga., near Ringgold, to see the destruction of the April 27, 2011 tornado. She met with...
Posted On: May 13, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor’s Note: Updated on May 10, 5 p.m. EDT  Yesterday, President Obama made federal disaster assistance available to individuals in five counties in Missouri and Tennessee, to supplement the state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding.   If you live in an eligible county and have sustained losses, you can register for assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov, on your phone at http://m.fema.gov, or by calling  800-621-FEMA (3362) / TTY 800-462-7585.If you have flood insurance, this is a good time to locate your policy and...
Posted On: May 9, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Getting Assistance to SurvivorsPresident Obama has made federal disaster assistance available to individuals and business owners in several states in the past two weeks – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee.  If you are in an area that has received a disaster declaration, and you haven't yet, now is the time to register for assistance.  Visit www.disasterassistance.gov to apply online, or http://m.fema.gov to apply on your smartphone.  You can also call (800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585 or visit a disaster recovery center in your...
Posted On: May 6, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We are working with local, state and federal partners as they continue to battle the ongoing flooding in the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys.  Through our regional offices in Kansas City, Mo., Chicago, Ill., Denton, Texas and Atlanta, Ga., we are in close coordination with the affected states and stand poised to support them as needed.On May 4th, President Obama declared emergency declarations for Mississippi and Tennessee, and a major disaster declaration for Kentucky, which allows for additional federal support to state and local governments.Floods can occur in all 50 states, so...
Posted On: May 6, 2011
Author: Edward Connor
As we’ve seen from the damage caused by the recent tornadoes and severe storms that hit the Southeast, as well as flooding all across the country, natural disasters can be devastating.  They can happen anytime, anywhere, and often without much warning.While we can’t prevent natural disasters, there are steps we can take to get ready for them, and as we head into the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season next month (June 1st), now is the time to get ready.  Flood insurance policies typically take 30 days before they take effect, so now is the time to invest in preparing your homes and...
Posted On: May 1, 2011
Author: Robin Finegan
Yesterday I concluded a three-day visit to North Dakota to get an up close look at the flood fighting efforts going on in the Red River Valley. This was my fourth trip to the state this year, and I continue to be impressed by the spirit and resilience of these communities. Fargo, ND, April 10, 2011 -- FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan thanks North Dakota National Guard members for all their hard work. Photo: Micahel Rieger/FEMA   While meeting with state and local leaders and first responders, I saw firsthand the can-do spirit of the residents and local leaders...
Posted On: April 13, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We often make the point that disasters can happen anytime, anywhere.  Sadly, natural and man-made disasters often happen with little to no advance warning, and result in significant damage to homes, businesses, and a community’s peace of mind.We often promote three simple steps to getting prepared for disasters: making a kit, creating a plan, and being informed.  One element of creating your emergency plan includes thinking about how you and your family will recover from the financial damages that a disaster can cause.As this story in the Wall Street Journal points out, purchasing...
Posted On: March 29, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We’ve talked a lot about the flooding in the Midwest that’s forecasted, or is already happening, for the Midwest this spring. Previous blog posts have discussed how individuals can get prepared and what we’re doing to assist the other members of the emergency management team.However, we wanted to specifically highlight some of the actions being taken by those team members --- State and local governments, voluntary and faith-based organizations, local businesses, and committed citizens --- in the Midwest flood fight.The stories below are only a small sample of the many preparations being taken...
Posted On: March 24, 2011

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