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Author: Public Affairs
Even though Tropical Storm Irene has dissipated, the inland flooding that it has left in its wake still poses a very real and immediate threat. There are many areas where inland flooding may yet occur or worsen, don’t put yourself at risk; follow the instructions of local officials. In some areas rivers have not crested yet. Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack will visit North Carolina, while Administrator Fugate will go to Vermont to meet with state and local officials and survey damages of the ongoing effects from Irene.Yesterday,...
Posted On: August 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The administration, coordinated through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the states and territories that have already been affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene and the states that are preparing for the storm. FEMA, through our regional offices in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the states and territories that have been affected, and states that will be impacted.Over the past several days, President Obama...
Posted On: August 29, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
Throughout the past week, I’ve been encouraged – yet again – by the increasing collaboration between the private sector and the emergency management community. As the government at all levels prepared for an impending hurricane aimed at the entire East Coast, the private sector has been preparing right alongside us to help minimize possible impacts and line up coordinated response and recovery efforts.Starting back on Monday, August 22, retailers began providing the emergency management community with operational updates and important information regarding what preparations were being made...
Posted On: August 29, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
We are getting a lot of questions about how FEMA will continue to fund the different disasters states are continuing to recover from, as well as the immediate response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Irene.Our immediate focus is to continue doing everything we can to support our state and local partners as they respond to Irene and meet the immediate needs of disaster survivors, and we have the resources needed to do this. To make sure we have all the resources we need to do this, FEMA is placing some funding restrictions on longer-term repair, rebuilding and mitigation projects from...
Posted On: August 29, 2011
Author: Colleen Curtis
Editor's note: This was originally posted by Colleen Curtis on the White House blog at 8:35 p.m. EDT, August 28.With Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate at his side, President Obama today gave the American people a brief update on the ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Irene, the deadly storm that devastated swaths of the East Coast this weekend. The President also expressed concern for those who were impacted:Our thoughts and prayers are with those who’ve lost loved ones and those whose lives have been affected by the storm. You need to...
Posted On: August 29, 2011
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Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on August 26, 2011 by Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy. She talks about the Department of Energy’s role in supporting state and local response and recovery efforts after disasters, such as Hurricane Irene, affect energy infrastructure. The Energy Department is closely monitoring Hurricane Irene as it travels up the U.S. coast. Upon declared emergencies, the Energy Department serves as the energy focal point for response and restoration efforts, monitoring energy infrastructure and coordinating response across the federal...
Posted On: August 29, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
While many are saying the U.S. “dodged a bullet” with Irene, Administrator Fugate gives a reminder that Irene is still a threat – especially because of heavy rains and the potential for widespread flooding:  Get prepared for floods at Ready.gov, and please continue to follow the direction of local officials if your area is being affected by Irene. For other flood safety tips, check out our blog post from earlier today.
Posted On: August 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Tropical storm Irene continues to affect much of the East Coast, bringing significant rainfall and potential flooding/flash flooding to the affected areas. We encourage all those in communities that have been or may be impacted to follow the direction of local officials and take shelter inside during the storm.As Irene continues through the East Coast, stay tuned to the radio and television for information, and remember that flash flooding can occur at a moment’s notice. Here are some additional flood safety tips in case your community, or that of a friend/loved one, may be affected by the...
Posted On: August 28, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
We continue to take proactive steps to support our state, local and tribal partners in their preparations and response to Irene. In addition to working with our partners across the emergency management team, Administrator Fugate has been making the rounds on national media outlets to make sure citizens along the East Coast are following the direction of local officials and getting tips on staying safe.He emphasized that individuals should not underestimate Irene’s impact, as flooding, weak/damaged trees and downed power lines are potential hazards after the storm. (More tips on staying safe...
Posted On: August 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have been impacted by Irene, as we continue to closely monitor the storm as it makes landfall in New York and New England. Along with the entire federal family, we’re continuing to lean forward to support our tribal, state and territorial partners as Hurricane Irene continues north along the eastern seaboard, having already affected Puerto Rico and several East Coast states.Even though Irene is now a tropical storm, it is critical that residents and businesses continue to listen to the instructions of their local officials and closely follow news...
Posted On: August 28, 2011

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