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Author: Eric Smith
As Flood Safety Awareness Week continues, yesterday, the National Weather Service issued forecasts indicating communities in the Dakotas, Minnesota and other states in the Midwest are at a significant risk for major flooding this spring, and Montana, South Dakota, New Jersey and other states are already dealing with significant floods.We have written a lot on this blog about what individuals can do to prepare, and how we are working with the entire team to get the word out, but we wanted to take a second and let you know about one of the steps we are taking here at FEMA to be ready –...
Posted On: March 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Although Flood Safety Awareness Week comes to an end today it is just the beginning of a very busy flood season, as announced yesterday by the National Weather Service (NWS) in their annual spring outlook.As flood season continues, you can share flood safety tips directly from FEMA on your website by using our flooding widget.  The widget provides current flood conditions, links to Ready.gov, interactive flood risk resources and other critical flood insurance information to help citizens get prepared for potential flooding.  And as the year goes on, the information and links in the...
Posted On: March 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The National Weather Service (NWS) released their annual spring outlook today to help citizens take the necessary steps to prepare. This year’s outlook predicts spring flooding will worsen beginning as early as this week, affecting almost half the country from the North Central U.S. through the Midwest and the Northeast, causing an above average risk of flooding across portions of the Northeast, including Southern New England and parts of eastern NY State.Some specifics from the Spring Outlook include: For the third consecutive year, forecasters predict major flooding along the Red River...
Posted On: March 17, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate, Dr. Jack Hayes
Our agencies, along with other Federal, State, local agencies, volunteer and faith-based groups, and the private sector, are emphasizing flood safety this week.Since last year’s flood season, FEMA has been working with all our state partners on incorporating lessons learned from the past flood seasons into our emergency planning for this year, and emphasizing the important role that the public has in those emergency plans.And since February, our regional offices have been conducting aggressive outreach, along with our federal, state and local counterparts, emergency managers, and...
Posted On: March 16, 2011
Author: Lynn Canton
The Northeast, and particularly the State of New Jersey, has been hit with significant flooding over the past few days. We’re continuing to closely monitor the situation along with our state and local agencies, as well the National Weather Service forecast offices.  At the request of Governor Christie, we will be assisting the State of New Jersey with preliminary damage assessments, examining the extent of the damage from the recent floods.  (See this blog post about the disaster declaration process and spring flooding.)As Flood Safety Awareness Week continues, the recent...
Posted On: March 14, 2011
Author: Edward Connor
National Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 14-18, is an excellent opportunity for all Americans to become more educated about the dangers that flooding can cause and what steps to take to be prepared for the risk of flooding.  The current flooding occurring in parts of the Midwest, Southern and Northeastern parts of the nation  are a very real reminder that floods can happen anywhere and at anytime in the United States. Flooding, the nation's most common natural disaster can and does happen in every U.S. state and territory.All floods are not alike, though. Some develop slowly...
Posted On: March 14, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
Getting prepared for spring flooding is one of the topics driving our attention this time of year.  In previous blog posts, we’ve highlighted two approaches to getting prepared - learning from past disasters and sharing your preparedness tips with your neighbor.While many preparedness tips focus on individuals taking action, businesses also play a vital role in helping an affected community come back to full strength after a disaster. One way businesses (as well as residents) can protect their property from the financial damages of flooding is by purchasing flood insurance. ...
Posted On: March 8, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As you may have read on this blog and in the news, spring flood season is upon us.At the end of last year, we did a post on FEMA’s role in winter weather, and thought we would share what the disaster declaration process looks like when it comes to flooding.The bottom line is that – as with all disasters – FEMA is not the team, FEMA is only part of the team.When natural disasters, such as flooding, occur, first responders are the first ones on the ground, providing the emergency assistance that protects the public’s health and safety, while meeting immediate human needs. These first responders...
Posted On: March 7, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Many times, the most useful and memorable advice comes from people sharing their experiences and that holds especially true when it comes to advice on how to prepare before disaster strikes.Check out this video from a couple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and how they are taking steps to protect their home from flooding:If you live in an area that has a risk of flooding the tips in the video above are great places to start getting prepared.  Here are some other ways you can prepare your family, home, or business for flooding: Visit Ready.gov – for details on getting an emergency kit, making...
Posted On: March 3, 2011
Author: Andrew Velasquez III, Robin Finegan
The National Weather Service has issued forecasts indicating communities in the Dakotas and Minnesota are at a significant risk for major flooding this spring, and Ohio and other states are already dealing with significant floods. Indeed, disaster season 2011 is upon us, and we are working together to coordinate closely with states in the impacted regions as they respond to or prepare for flooding, and stand ready to assist them any way we can.Our regional offices in Chicago and in Denver continue to monitor forecasts, plan for extreme flooding, and anticipate the commodities and resources...
Posted On: March 2, 2011

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