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Author: Mark Peterson
Chicago, Ill., Jan. 12, 2012 --Administrator Fugate addresses a collection of federal, state and local officials, as well as private sector partners, regarding working together during a complex disaster response. For our FEMA regional offices across the country, engaging internal and external stakeholders in planning for future emergencies is a top priority. This means building relationships throughout the whole community to find opportunities to prepare both man-made and natural hazards.FEMA Region V, which covers Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, is currently...
Posted On: January 13, 2012
Author: Shayne Adamski
As the public affairs team scanned through our Twitter stream this morning, I wanted to share some of the day’s most relevant messages so far. If you’re not on Twitter, you can follow us @FEMA and Administrator Fugate or our other accounts we have to communicate with stakeholders.Two year anniversary of Haiti earthquake  Our thoughts are with Haiti today as we mark the 2nd anniversary of the EQ. Our work continues: youtu.be/yo51p-Fwm_o— American Red Cross (@RedCross) January 12, 2012 Thinking of the millions of Haitians who lost loved ones 2 yrs ago as well as the ppl from all over...
Posted On: January 12, 2012
Author: Paulette Aniskoff
As we begin 2012, many of us are now reflecting upon the smiles and cheer we brought to the children in and around our lives during the recent holiday season. And while we consider the effort we put into finding, just the perfect gift to brighten their day, it is also a perfect time to reflect upon their safety and well-being for the future.Did you know, at the end of the 20th century, research showed an estimated 66.5 million children were affected each year by a natural disaster, and this number is expected to increase? Couple this with the fact that according to the National Climate Data...
Posted On: January 4, 2012
Author: David Kaufman
At FEMA and in the emergency management community, we often talk about the importance of engaging the whole community in how we prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate against disasters. Experience has taught us that we must do a better job of providing services for the entire community. This means planning for the actual makeup of a community and meeting their needs, regardless of demographics, such as age, economics, or accessibility requirements.Over the last eighteen months, we engaged many of our partners, including tribal, state, territorial, local, and Federal...
Posted On: January 4, 2012
Author: Rachel Racusen
As 2012 approaches, we wanted to take a minute to reflect on the past year. 2011 has by far been one of the most active in disaster years in recent history. From the historic spring flooding in the Midwest and the deadly tornadoes that struck Alabama and Joplin, Mo., to the East Coast Earthquake in August – this year has certainly been busy for the entire team.Before we ring in the new year, we wanted to share some photo’s from this year. Take a look at the slideshow below to see 2011: The Year in Photos.  Note: Javascript is disabled or is not supported by your browser. For this reason...
Posted On: December 30, 2011
Author: Darryl Madden
Before the ball drops and we ring in the New Year, I’m sure many of you have made New Year’s resolutions for 2012. Many which I seem to repeatedly make year in and year out, like working more exercise into my daily routine, eating healthier, saving more or donating a larger portion to charitable causes. However, this year I have a New Year’s resolution idea that could prove to be priceless. Resolve to be Ready in 2012 and commit to making family, home or business better prepared for an emergency.I know the hardest part of keeping a resolution is sustaining momentum after those first few weeks...
Posted On: December 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Earlier this year, President Obama released a policy directive aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States: Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8): National Preparedness.With your help, FEMA and its partners have created a National Preparedness Goal, which sets the vision for building a more resilient and secure nation, and a National Preparedness System, which identifies the programs, processes and tools for achieving that vision. Now, we are focusing on the next set of activities.This is where you come in: Today, we’re launching an ongoing dialogue and are...
Posted On: December 22, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
This time of year, many of us are scrambling to find that perfect last-minute gift for our family and friends. Between “doorbuster” sales and stores staying open around-the-clock, being inundated with products and gift ideas can be dizzying to say the least. Although your family and friends may love another festive sweater or paperweight, why not give something that could prove to be priceless in the coming year – emergency preparedness?This year has shown that, no matter which part of the country you live in, everyone should be prepared for an emergency. In fact, giving the gift of...
Posted On: December 20, 2011
Author: Sandra Knight
As part of our ongoing efforts to reform and strengthen the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA has been working with members of Congress and other stakeholders to revise our process for mapping the flood risk of communities and families living behind levees. Our goal is to improve the way we map that risk – so families have more precise information when making decisions about how to protect their homes and properties.In recent months, we have explored multiple approaches by seeking extensive input from stakeholders, including independent technical experts and the public.Based on this...
Posted On: December 15, 2011
Author: Darryl Madden
What a year 2011 has been. It’s certainly been one of the most active in terms of disasters, with Americans in almost every state impacted by hazards of all kinds – tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, winter storms, extreme heat and earthquakes. As 2011 comes to a close and we usher in the new year, why not make a New Year’s resolution that’s easy to keep?Join us at FEMA and make a resolution to Resolve to be Ready for emergencies in 2012 by taking a few simple steps to prepare your family, home, business, and community for potential disasters.Administrator Fugate is in on it, too:   As...
Posted On: December 14, 2011

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