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Author: Jason Lindesmith
What makes a great race? To me, the ingredients include awesome scenery, a well-planned route, and a cause that runners can really get behind.  I ran a race that met all three of these conditions in Cannon Beach, Oregon called “Race the Wave”.  In short, the city of Cannon Beach took their town’s risk for earthquakes and tsunamis and made it into a race, and I’m going to lay out why every community along the Pacific coast should be hurrying to plan their own.  The coolest part of “Race the Wave” is that it doesn’t have to be a “race” per se, with runners competing for the best...
Posted On: October 15, 2014
Author: Brittany Trotter
Last week, almost 100 daisies, brownies, juniors, cadets and seniors took over the National Response Coordination Center here at FEMA Headquarters. As part of our ongoing effort to engage and educate young people about disaster preparedness, Girls Scouts past and present joined us for a Girl Scouts Preparedness Day. And with 3.2 million Girl Scouts across the U.S., you can bet a few alums and current troop leaders work here at FEMA.As part of their visit, the girls learned a little about FEMA and the importance of being prepared for emergencies. They were also able to earn their Emergency...
Posted On: October 10, 2014
Author: Tony Russell
After facing two devastating wildfires and flash flooding in the past two years, El Paso County in Colorado recognized a need to increase their community’s level of preparedness. During this past National Preparedness Month,  El Paso County helped make that happen by supporting a series of accessible and fun events for all, especially kids.The county got a head-start on National Preparedness Month by cohosting a Community Emergency Preparedness Night at Security Service Field, home of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, on August 22. This was the fifth straight year that the Sky Sox have...
Posted On: October 3, 2014
Author: Jessica Stapf
Flash flooding in El Paso, TX caused a disruption during the early Monday morning commute of many people, including one woman whose truck was swept into a canal by fast-moving flood water. Some quick-thinking teachers that were on their way to training became first responders as they helped the woman escape being trapped between her vehicle and the canal’s wall. Not all first responders are fire fighters, police officers, or paramedics. Often, first responders are fast moving bystanders with a mind to help.The video of the dramatic rescue, filmed by a news reporter turned rescuer is available...
Posted On: September 24, 2014
Author: Cathy S. Haynes
I don’t remember what it was like to work in emergency management prior to Hurricane Hugo. In a strange way, it was the beginning for us and an experience we still remember today. At 6 a.m. on September 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo was heading for Charleston County and the evacuation order was in full effect. The Charleston County Emergency Operations Center, located in a small cinder block building with a metal warehouse attached, was fully activated. The actual room where we worked was plain and unhardened, hardly enough to withstand a Category 4 storm. Hugo made landfall at 10 p.m., and just...
Posted On: September 19, 2014
Author: Yajaira Reyes
Portland prides itself as a “green city,” of so it’s no surprise that it’s known as “America’s biking capitol.” Portland’s enthusiasm for biking goes beyond just helping the environment, however. It also helps the city prepare for emergencies.Portland’s Disaster Relief Trials (DRT) initiative is a unique effort designed to employ the use of bicycles to carry cargo in case of a disaster to maneuver people and supplies to safety without worrying about gasoline, flooding or other unpredictable conditions.  Our team, FEMA Corps Blue 5, had the opportunity to witness this when we supported...
Posted On: September 8, 2014
Author: Beth A. Freeman
What you do, choose not to do, perhaps even hesitate to do is based on two conditions: the planned and the unplanned. For example, when you notice your gas tank is low on fuel as you leave work one evening, what do you do? You stop for gas, either on the way home or first thing in the morning. Why? Because you plan on going to work the next morning and you’ll need fuel to get there.Now let’s consider an unplanned wrinkle in your evening of plans and normalcy. You’ve fueled up and headed home, going about your evening as planned. It was your night to cook dinner as your spouse was running late...
Posted On: September 5, 2014
Author: Christina Randall
In City of Colorado Springs, the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)- areas where human development is close to natural terrain and flammable vegetation, covers more than 28,800 acres and includes a quarter of our population.  Two years ago this week, the Waldo Canyon Wildfire, the most costly fire in Colorado history, hit neighborhoods across Colorado Springs and destroyed 347 homes. The effects were devastating to our community and we are still rebuilding two years later.  However, the losses avoided in some areas such as the Cedar Heights neighborhood, are a testament to the fact...
Posted On: June 27, 2014
Author: Roy Wright
One year ago, on May 20, 2013, Moore, Oklahoma experienced a deadly tornado that devastated the area. Less than one year from the event new homes became safer.On April 17, 2014, Moore, Oklahoma, became the first in the nation to establish building code requirements to make residential buildings able to withstand the forces of an EF2 tornado. Building Code Amendments stand out as a great example of managing risk and improving building safety.The code amendment, including requirements for roof sheathing, hurricane straps and stud spacing, is designed so that the homes can withstand winds up to...
Posted On: May 29, 2014
Author: Gwen Camp
Do you know what you would do during a disaster? Do you know if your community is at risk of tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires or flood?Only about two-in-five Americans say that they have a plan for what to do in an emergency. We need to change that. That’s why on April 30th, individuals, organizations, and communities will come together to prepare for emergencies on the very first National Day of Action: America’s PrepareAthon!America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through participation in hazard-specific drills,...
Posted On: April 9, 2014

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