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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
Author: Rachel Racusen
Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public Affairs We've got some good news, some "not so good" news, and some more good news regarding hurricane season.The first bit of good news is that today marks the official end to the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season.  And lest anyone forget, this year's hurricane season was very active.  2011 tied for one of the busiest tropical seasons on record in the Atlantic.  Since keeping records as far back as 1851, this season tied with 1887, 1995, and 2010, where there were a total of 19 tropical storms of which seven became hurricanes,...
Posted On: November 30, 2011
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Editor’s note: cross-posted from the DHS Blog by the Stop.Think.Connect. ™ Campaign   As bargain hunters take to the Web this Cyber Monday in search of holiday deals, the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign reminds online shoppers to be wary of the cybersecurity risks of theft, fraud and abuse. While many businesses offer great deals during the holiday season, cyber criminals may try to take advantage of unsuspecting online shoppers.Follow these simple steps to protect yourself and your personal information online – and remember: If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Pay...
Posted On: November 28, 2011
Author: Glenn Gaines
Posted by: Glenn Gaines, Deputy Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration During the Thanksgiving holiday, many families gather in the kitchen to spend time together, but it can be one of the most hazardous rooms in your home. Before you begin your holiday meal preparations, I would like to remind everyone that cooking equipment, most often a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Cooking equipment is also the leading cause of unreported fires and associated injuries.The number of cooking fires increases...
Posted On: November 21, 2011
Author: Michael Widomski
Published by: Michael Widomski, Deputy Director, Public Affairs Have you ever had a trip not go according to plans? The comedy film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles with Steve Martin and John Candy focuses on the efforts of a man trying to get home for the holidays. In true Hollywood fashion though, everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.As you and your family gear up for the holiday travel season, I wanted to provide you with some travel safety tips. Because, albeit watching travel disasters on the screen makes for big laughs, these predicaments are far from funny when they happen to...
Posted On: November 18, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
Posted By: Rachel Racusen, Director of Public AffairsAs FEMA and the FCC continue to collect feedback about yesterday’s nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, we’re getting a lot of questions about how the test was received. Yesterday’s test served its intended purpose – to identify gaps and generate a comprehensive set of data to help strengthen our ability to communicate during real emergencies.We have already begun to receive information indicating that while the test was received by thousands of test participants across the country, there were some instances in which the test...
Posted On: November 10, 2011
Author: Damon Penn
By: Damon Penn, Assistant Administrator, National Continuity Programs(Editor's note: updated 6:30pm EST)After years of hard work with all of our partners, and months of providing updates on this blog, today, FEMA, the FCC, NOAA and communications service providers, and many others administered our first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. We are currently collecting data about the initial results, and it will take the test’s participants several weeks to send us the full results of their tests.As we have been explaining throughout this process, this initial test was the first...
Posted On: November 9, 2011
Author: Darryl Madden
Posted by: Darryl Madden, Director of the Ready CampaignI'm proud to introduce Administrator Fugate, with a video message about the completely redesigned Ready.gov: As the Administrator said, Ready.gov is where you can learn how to prepare your home, family or business before a disaster strikes. Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death if an emergency happens, and we continually encourage Americans to take the simple steps of being informed, making a plan and getting a kit – three main areas on the site.While the new site is our latest development, I'd like to remind...
Posted On: November 8, 2011

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