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Author: Public Affairs
San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 21, 2011 -- Caribbean Area Division Director, Alejandro De La Campa provides the press with information about FEMA's ongoing activities in support of the Puerto Rico government response operations to Hurricane Irene.At the direction of President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano, we continue to work with our federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local partners, as well as voluntary organizations, the private sector, and others to aggressively prepare as hurricane Irene approaches the continental U.S.  In advance of Irene moving through the territories,...
Posted On: August 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's note: Video added at 1:52 p.m. EDT.Last night, hurricane Irene passed over Puerto Rico, bringing heavy rains and high winds to the island. Our regional office in New York and our Caribbean Area Office remain in constant contact and coordination with the U.S. Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency and the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, as Irene continues to move northwest this afternoon. A tropical storm warning is still in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, so if you’re in the affected area, continue to follow the direction of local officials.We...
Posted On: August 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
It’s already been an active hurricane season and our busiest months are yet to come. While we are lucky that so far we have not had any major hurricanes threaten the U.S., as Administrator Fugate has said, it’s only a matter of time before that luck runs out. A major hurricane making landfall in the U.S. is not a matter of if, but when and we all need to do our part to be prepared. And tomorrow, you’ll get the chance to ask Craig how.Join Administrator Fugate and the Weather Channel’s Hurricane Expert, Dr. Rick Knabb, tomorrow (Wed, Aug 17) at noon for a Lunchtime Live Chat with the Weather...
Posted On: August 16, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Last night, tropical storm Bret formed in the Atlantic, the second named tropical system of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. We’re closely monitoring Bret through our regional office in Atlanta as we coordinate closely with forecasters from the National Hurricane Center.According to NHC forecasts, Bret is expected to move away from the continental U.S. over the next few days.And in the Pacific basin, forecasters are following a well-defined low pressure area that is likely to become tropical cyclone Dora in the next 48 hours. There are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect...
Posted On: July 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
With the hurricane season more than a month underway, we’ve already seen a few tropical storms in the Atlantic and Pacific basins. And as we often say, the best time to prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm is before a storm approaches your community.Back in May for Hurricane Preparedness Week, we posted a series of blog posts about the various hazards associated with severe tropical weather – including inland flooding, storm surge and high winds. Earlier today, USA Today posted an article reminding people that the deadliest part of a hurricane is not high winds, as many think, but the...
Posted On: July 12, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Hurricane season is here, and the first named storm of 2011 is currently churning in the Pacific. Adrian, currently 350 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico, is currently forecasted to move out further into the Pacific and not pose a threat to the U.S. or its territories.Even though Adrian isn’t expected to threaten the U.S., it serves as a good reminder that now is the time to be prepared if you live in a coastal area or could be affected by severe tropical weather. has tips for creating your family emergency plan and getting an emergency kit, so check it out today. And...
Posted On: June 8, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
The 2011 hurricane season began last week, so we’ve been blogging about ways you can get prepared for the hazards associated with severe tropical weather. While there hasn’t been a named tropical storm or hurricane yet this year, I wanted to share some resources you can bookmark or save that could be very helpful before, during and after disaster strikes.So whether you are a parent, student, teacher, emergency responder or website manager, the resources below will keep you connected to the latest information on hurricanes and tropical storms. Take a look and share them with your friends and...
Posted On: June 7, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
It’s June 1, which means it is the official start of Hurricane season. With hurricane season officially here, we wanted to share a video from Administrator Fugate: You can do your part by making sure you and your loved ones are prepared by having an emergency plan and kit. Talk with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to do the same. And you can also take steps to get prepared for a hurricane at your workplace, so talk with your human resources manager about steps you can take.Last week was Hurricane Awareness Week and we wrote a series of blog posts to illustrate the importance...
Posted On: June 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As National Hurricane Preparedness Week comes to a close, we wanted to share tips on how to prepare both your home and families before, during, and after severe tropical weather.  All week, we've been sharing ways you can get prepared for the various hazards associated with a hurricane, so we wanted to end the week with a more tips on protecting your home and family from a hurricane.In addition to the tips below, you can get more information on preparing for hurricanes and tropical storms at for protecting your home: Make plans to secure your property....
Posted On: May 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, so we’re continuing to share ways you can get prepared before hurricane season, beginning June 1. Today, we’re sharing tips you and your family can use to create an emergency plan, so you can stay in touch, stay informed, and reduce the stress of a hurricane or tropical storm.There are several essential steps that should be a part of your hurricane safety plan, or any family emergency plan: Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a...
Posted On: May 27, 2011


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