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Author: Public Affairs
We often make the point that disasters can happen anytime, anywhere.  Sadly, natural and man-made disasters often happen with little to no advance warning, and result in significant damage to homes, businesses, and a community’s peace of mind.We often promote three simple steps to getting prepared for disasters: making a kit, creating a plan, and being informed.  One element of creating your emergency plan includes thinking about how you and your family will recover from the financial damages that a disaster can cause.As this story in the Wall Street Journal points out, purchasing...
Posted On: March 29, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Over a week ago, two Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams were deployed to Japan by the U.S. Agency for International Development, at the request of the Japanese government.  The teams were sent to support search and rescue efforts after the tragic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.Yesterday, Virginia Task Force 1 and Los Angeles Task Force 2 safely arrived home after their nine day mission.  Here are some links to local news coverage about the teams' mission and return home: Virginia Task Force 1 home from Japan (WTTG, Washington DC) Members of LA Search and...
Posted On: March 21, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
For the last few weeks, we’ve worked with our partners to raise awareness of children’s fire safety. We wanted to highlight this story on (Mississippi), showing how one community is helping to spread the word.Have you shared fire safety tips with your children, or those that you come into contact with? has some great tips on getting children prepared so they know what to do in case of a fire. And if you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #kidsfiresafety to share how you’ve been getting children engaged.Also, check out some of our recent blog posts on kids...
Posted On: March 10, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Yesterday, FEMA Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness, Tim Manning continued to support U.S. officials working in Christchurch, New Zealand, to help Americans in need of assistance and the ongoing response and recovery efforts. Tim spoke to news outlets about what his experience was like during the earthquake, what the conditions are like on the ground, and how the local community has come together to help each other.As Tim points out, in the midst of the heartbreaking losses the people of New Zealand have suffered, the sight of neighbors helping neighbors and...
Posted On: February 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
An alert citizen, combined with a well-trained team of first responders, can save a life.  Just ask Col. Lawrence Barrett Holmes, the Defense Coordinating officer at FEMA's regional office in Atlanta. Col. Holmes was dining at a restaurant while on assignment in Kentucky when he suffered a stroke. His waitress, Sandy Beanblossom, noticed a change in behavior and alertly called 9-1-1.  Because of her quick action and the work of the emergency medical technicians who quickly arrived on the scene, Colonel Holmes’ effects from the stroke have been minimal (read the full article...
Posted On: February 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As Administrator Fugate pointed out yesterday, FEMA Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness, Tim Manning was in Christchurch, New Zealand when the earthquake struck two days ago. Specifically, Deputy Administrator Manning was about to board a plane when the earthquake struck.  Check out Ed O’Keefe’s story from the Washington Post to see Tim's answers to some pointed questions, including: What did you do right after the quake? What’s the first thing a person should do immediately after an earthquake? What should people do to prevent potential quake damage...
Posted On: February 23, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
As Administrator Fugate often says, "FEMA is not the team, we're part of the team". We've been working to put that philosophy into practice, engaging all members of the emergency management team - state, local and tribal governments, volunteer and faith-based groups, the public, and the private sector.A recent story from the Washington Post highlights one area of outreach we've had with the private sector: bringing in executives to work at FEMA, building collaboration points between the federal government and businesses. Here's a quote from the story that captures the initiative in a nutshell...
Posted On: February 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Social media is a hot topic in emergency management these days. Using social media can provide response agencies a way to disseminate vital information directly to the public, and it can also serve as a way for survivors to communicate with family/friends after a disaster.So how might you use social media during an emergency? Check out this graphic from and let us know.Other links- Read the full story on 
Posted On: February 17, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
Yesterday, we were excited to kick off our public awareness campaign on fire safety tips for families and kids, and we’re happy that word is already getting out about both the campaign and some of the ways parents are educating their children about the risk of home fires. As Glenn Gaines, Acting Administrator of U.S. Fire Administration, mentioned yesterday, we’re working with a host of partners to raise awareness of how families can keep their homes and loved ones safe from home fires.  This story from WCTV (Tallahassee, FL) highlights some of the steps Tallahassee residents are taking...
Posted On: February 15, 2011
Author: Paulette Aniskoff
Teaching America's youth the value of preparing before an emergency is a priority at FEMA.  A recent story in Emergency Management Magazine highlighted an exciting partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (FEMA is a component agency of DHS) and the Girl Scouts of the USA. The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital worked with FEMA's Citizen Corps program to develop the Emergency Preparedness Patch Program, enabling Girl Scouts to earn the patch as they learn the value of emergency preparedness in their local community.  And since the program can be customized...
Posted On: February 9, 2011


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