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Author: FEMA Public Affairs
(Entrada de blog en español / Spanish blog post)Paramus, NJ, August 31, 2011 -- FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino talking with residents staying at a shelter due to Hurricane Irene. FEMA is working with state, local, territorial and tribal partners to assess damages in states affected by Hurricane Irene.Prattsville, NY, August 31, 2011 -- Disaster survivors congregate outside a mobile disaster recovery center as they apply for federal disaster assistance. FEMA is providing assistance to individuals and business owners in New York affected by the flooding from Irene.The administration,...
Posted On: September 2, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Every Friday, we do a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.Carolina, Puerto Rico, September 1, 2011 -- Carlos Otero (left) with Ramon Otero (right) at the Carolina Municipal Emergency Management Agency helping with the distribution of blue tarps. FEMA is currently in a joint effort with Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency to distribute blue tarps for affected residents to different municipalities in Puerto Rico.Hurricane Irene RecoveryWe continue to support the states and territories...
Posted On: September 2, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
As our recovery efforts in the states and territories affected by Irene continue, we’re closely monitoring tropical storm Lee in the Gulf of Mexico and Hurricane Katia in the Atlantic. While Katia is currently not a threat to the U.S., those in coastal and inland areas around the Gulf of Mexico should closely monitor tropical storm Lee. Forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for heavy rains and potential flooding and flash flooding in areas affected by Lee, so make sure you’re taking steps to keep your family safe: Don’t put yourself at risk, follow the instructions of...
Posted On: September 2, 2011
Author: Gary Stanley
Hartford, CT, August 29, 2011 -- Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Coordinating Officer Gary Stanley, right speaks to State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Mangement and Homeland Security Director William Hackett, left, after a meeting with Governor Malloy.Today, FEMA and state teams continue preliminary damage assessments in Connecticut to determine the extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Irene. These on-the-ground assessment teams follow aerial assessments earlier this week that gave Connecticut Governor Malloy a better sense of the damages to the state.During these...
Posted On: September 2, 2011
Author: FEMA 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 been affected by Hurricane Irene. 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.Over the past several days, President Obama has declared major disaster declarations for the states of North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Vermont...
Posted On: September 1, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
As we continue our recovery efforts in those states affected by Irene, we’re closely monitoring several areas of tropical activity – Hurricane Katia (to the southeast of Puerto Rico) and “Invest 93 L”, which is currently swirling in the Gulf of Mexico.Through our regional offices in New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., Denton, Texas, and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, we continue to coordinate closely with our federal, state and local partners in monitoring the storms. Although it’s too early to tell what the path and strength of these storms will be, those in coastal or inland areas...
Posted On: September 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: On September 1, Video of Administrator Fugate's visit to Vermont on August 30 was added.  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 been affected by Hurricane Irene.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. Over the past several days,...
Posted On: August 31, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
Ludlow, VT, August 30, 2011 -- Administrator Craig Fugate (right) goes over a map of Ludlow with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (center) and General Dick Harris, Brigadier General, Vermont National Guard. They surveyed damages in the town following the inland flooding caused by Irene.You may have heard media reports that the lead up to Irene was over-hyped and that we “dodged a bullet” – well I can tell you that while the impacts of Irene could have been much worse, there are many areas, especially in the Northeast that are still experiencing dangerous inland flooding and our state and local...
Posted On: August 31, 2011
Author: MaryAnn Tierney
Richmond, VA, August 30, 2011 -- Department of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano (right) talks with Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell as they enter the Virginia Emergency Operations Center. Secretary Napolitano visited Virginia to meet with state and local officials and survey damages after Irene.Yesterday, we teamed up with our partners in the Commonwealth of Virginia to welcome Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Governor Bob McDonnell, U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones to the Virginia State Emergency...
Posted On: August 31, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since Irene first threatened the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico last week, we’ve been posting updates on this blog about our efforts to support our state, local, territorial and tribal partners. Even before Irene made landfall in Puerto Rico, the federal family was taking proactive steps to ensure assets and personnel were readily available to support the potentially affected areas, as needed.  The bottom line is that meeting the needs of disaster survivors and affected communities after a disaster requires a team effort, and determining the extent of support is done through close...
Posted On: August 31, 2011

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