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Author: John Fernandez
Editor's Note: This was originally posted on the Commerce Blog. Between March and May of 2010, severe storms and floods devastated many parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, Nebraska and Rhode Island. While Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is not a first responder to such disasters, the agency quickly got to work assessing the damage and connecting with local leaders regarding their needs as they began to pick up the pieces and rebuild. Recognizing the critical role that EDA can play for these communities, Congress provided $49 million in supplemental funding for EDA to award to...
Posted On: December 22, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
As many of you may know, over a year ago FEMA implemented a private sector representative program to support Emergency Support Function-15 in the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC). Since its inception, the program has improved the way the agency works with many private sector partners across the field of emergency management. We have had much success with private sector representatives from larger companies, such as Target, Big Lots, Brookfield Properties, and Verizon in this unique role; all bringing great expertise and knowledge.This week, we are taking another great step forward...
Posted On: December 13, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
Here at FEMA, we continually emphasize the importance of including and meeting the needs of the whole community. A principle foundation in emergency management is to continually take into account, understand, and support the needs of the entire community in the work that we do. It’s important for all of us to plan for the true, diverse makeup of our communities, and every day we make strides closer to achieving this goal.With that in mind, we wanted to share the following story from the North Jersey/Bergen County Record, which captures how FEMA, through our disability integration specialists...
Posted On: December 7, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Joplin, Mo., September 22, 2011 -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (middle), FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino (right) and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tour the damaged high school. Just four months after a tornado destroyed the school, students were able to start the new school year on time in temporary facility.Yesterday, we shared a blog featured on the Blog @ Homeland Security from Secretary Napolitano describing her visit to Joplin, Mo. alongside FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to survey the progress of the ongoing...
Posted On: September 23, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
Published by: Brad Carroll, Press SecretaryAs we continue ongoing response and recovery efforts in many areas across the country, we wanted to share a recent interview featuring Administrator Fugate reflecting on the work that FEMA has done to support our state, tribal and local partners this year, so far. From historic flooding in many areas to deadly tornadoes, droughts and an earthquake and torrential rain from several tropical storms and hurricanes, this year has shown the importance of getting prepared.This year has also demonstrated the importance of the team approach in emergency...
Posted On: September 15, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Over the past few days, we’ve shared a lot of stories about how the Joplin community has pulled together to make sure their students could start their school year on time, after the devastating tornado earlier this spring. As the students in Joplin return to school today, we wanted to share some additional stories.The Los Angeles Times had a touching article, “In Shattered Joplin, Kids Head Back to Class,” which told several personal stories from teachers and students who recall what it was like on May 22 when the tornado ripped through their city and schools. Seven students and one staff...
Posted On: August 17, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Earlier on the blog today, we shared how the community of Joplin has been preparing for school’s to reopen on time this Wednesday – a huge victory for the town and an impressive feat given how badly their schools were damaged by the tornado. As Joplin students get ready to go back to school on Wednesday, we wanted to share the following story in USAToday: Quinton Anderson's back-to-school routine won't be all that routine. Critically injured in the May 22 tornado that killed 160 people, including his parents, Quinton Anderson, will be walking into his senior year at Joplin High School on his...
Posted On: August 16, 2011
Author: Deborah Ingram
I wanted to share a unique grant program FEMA has outside of our traditional preparedness and disaster recovery programs – the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. FEMA is provided funding each year, by Congress, to support voluntary agencies that provide food, shelter and other essential services to help the hungry and homeless individuals and families across our nation. This year, FEMA is awarding more than $119 million, through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program grant, to supplement agencies that provide food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs.These funds are...
Posted On: July 15, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
What do Waffle Houses have to do with risk and disaster management?As anyone who has heard Administrator Fugate speak once or twice knows, more than you might think. During his days as the head of Florida’s Department of Emergency Management, Craig began to use a simple test to determine how quickly a community might be able to get up and running again after a disaster: The Waffle House test.If this comparison seems odd at first, think again.Yesterday, EHS Today, a magazine for environment, health and safety leaders, explained that major companies such as The Home Depot, Walmart, and Waffle...
Posted On: July 7, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Minot, ND, June 27, 2011 -- Federal Emergency Management Agency employee, Katherine Ordway assists a disaster survivor at the FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center at the Auditorium in South Minot, North Dakota. As Robin Finegan, Regional Administrator for Region VIII, pointed out, we continue to support the federal, state and local flood-fighting efforts in response to historic high waters along the Souris River in North Dakota.  We wanted to share two stories that emphasize our role in providing assistance to those affected by the flooding:  Last night, NBC Nightly News provided...
Posted On: June 28, 2011


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