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Author: Public Affairs
As our bloggers frequently mention, recovering after a disaster is a team effort, where the public, private sector, voluntary and faith-based groups, and government agencies work together to address the short and long term needs of individuals and the affected community. There have been countless examples of this team effort in action since this spring’s devastating tornadoes, storms and flooding.We wanted to showcase one of the many dedicated voluntary groups assisting in the recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo. since a deadly tornado struck on May 22. A group of military veterans, named Team...
Posted On: June 15, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
One of the reasons people don’t prepare for an emergency is the mindset that “it could never happen to me”. But over the weekend, a potentially tragic fire at the home of country singer Trace Adkins proved the importance of having a plan before a disaster strikes.According to news reports, a fire broke out in the garage and quickly spread to other areas of the home. gives an account of Rhonda Adkins, Trace’s wife, after she heard about the fire from a neighbor: Her three young daughters and their dog were inside the home with their nanny when the fire started. Rhonda Adkins was...
Posted On: June 6, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We wanted to share two stories from Joplin, Mo. about the ongoing recovery efforts:  In case you missed it, Administrator Fugate shared an update on Joplin in an interview this morning with National Public Radio. He also focused on the role of the federal government after a disaster strikes. Yesterday, players from the National Football League met with disaster survivors and surveyed damages in Joplin, and here are some of the articles recapping the visits. Bradford, teammates provide smiles in Joplin (May 27) Rams giving $25,000 to tornado relief (May...
Posted On: May 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we often say, it takes the hard work of the entire emergency management team to help disaster survivors get back on their feet as soon as possible.  Since the deadly tornadoes and storms struck the southern U.S. last week, we’ve been working to support our state and local counterparts, and getting the word out that individuals in eligible counties should apply for disaster assistance.A story in today’s Washington Post highlighted our Community Relations teams, who go door to door to share information on how individuals and businesses owners can apply for assistance, and what the...
Posted On: May 3, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
As many of you know, here at FEMA, our social media channels are a key tool in our communications toolbox. And we don’t just think about them as another way to put out a press release – social media is changing the way we do business.Under the leadership of Administrator Fugate, FEMA has launched a mobile website to make critical information more accessible for disaster survivors, and we use Twitter @fema and @craigatfema) and Facebook, along with many other forms of communication, to better support our state and local partners, communicate with the public, and gain situational awareness of...
Posted On: April 12, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Roma, TX, July 24, 2010 -- Waters of the Rio Grande flooded parts of the city of Roma after Hurricane Alex. More than three feet of water flooded this house.With hurricane season less than two months away (the season runs from June 1 – November 30), forecasters are already predicting an active season for Atlantic storms. Yesterday, researchers at Colorado State released their annual forecast, calling for 16 named storms and five major hurricanes*.  This is one of several forecasts that will come out in the next few months, but it further underscores the need for all of to get ready now...
Posted On: April 7, 2011
Author: Tony Russell (R8)
As Administrator Fugate often stresses, the private sector plays a crucial role in the emergency preparedness team. Capitalizing on this philosophy, the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LA BEOC) in Baton Rouge, La., links businesses and volunteer organizations with the state's Emergency Operations Center.  The LA BEOC works with businesses to improve their disaster preparedness and help them return to normal operations as quickly as possible following a disaster. As we have seen time and again, helping get businesses back up and running is critical to stabilizing local...
Posted On: April 5, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Mayor Richard Hildreth (pictured front-left), of Pacific, Wash., assists his team of emergency responders transport a simulated survivor through the initial stage of decontamination during an exercise.  A local Mayor, Hildreth attended training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness and brought the lessons learned back to his community. Our Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) offers some of the most specialized training for emergency responders, including those in the public health, emergency management, law enforcement, public works, and fire service arenas.We’ve written on this...
Posted On: April 4, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Beginning today, the web site where first responders apply for all Assistance to Fire Fighters Grants Programs will change its current web site address from to the FEMA web site at have been working to transition all the information from the old fire grant site to the new site.All applications for FEMA’s fire grant programs including the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER), Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) and information on the Assistance to...
Posted On: April 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Last night ABC's World News Tonight featured a story on how prepared the U.S. is for a catastrophic earthquake, in light of the tragic earthquake in Japan earlier this month.  As the story says, FEMA has long been planning several drills and exercises that will help the public and the entire emergency management team better prepare for earthquakes and other catastrophic events - but this isn't just a FEMA-led effort. We are continually working with our state, local and tribal partners, along with the many other members of the emergency management team (including voluntary and faith-based...
Posted On: March 31, 2011
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