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Posted by: Public AffairsWith the national emergency alert system test only two days away, we wanted to remind you what you can expect during the test. As a reminder, the test will take place this Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2 PM EST. The test will occur on all broadcast radio and television stations, cable television systems, satellite radio and television systems, and wireline video service systems. The test will last approximately 30 seconds, after which regular programming will resume. The test will not involve landline or mobile phones or other forms of communication such as...
Posted On: November 7, 2011
Author: Paulette Aniskoff
Posted by: Paulette Aniskoff, Director, Individual and Community PreparednessWho would have thought the cold and blustery weather, along with the white fluffy stuff, would show up this soon? Although we are approaching the end of hurricane season, we were recently forced to shift our focus to winter weather risks as we were harshly reminded that disasters happen year-round.While some may enjoy the colder weather and the accompanying snow, others like myself, prefer the warmer temperatures. Regardless of your view on cold and snow, now is the time of year when temperatures drop. It is also the...
Posted On: November 7, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
Posted by: Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications CommissionThe first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will occur on Wednesday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. EST. As part of our public education campaign, we wrote this open letter to ensure that all Americans are aware of the test and know what to expect.Please share this information with your friends, family, and coworkers: Dear Partner,As part of our nation’s ongoing efforts to strengthen our resilience against all hazards, the Federal Emergency...
Posted On: November 4, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note (Nov 2): Visit www.fema.gov/eastest for more information, including our new widget.Over the past few months, we have written on this blog about the upcoming nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, which is now less than two weeks away. The test will take place on Wednesday, November 9th at 2:00 pm eastern standard time, and will be the first time this system, which is often tested and used by officials at the local level, will be tested across the entire country.The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system that can be activated by the President, if...
Posted On: October 28, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
Here’s a short video from Administrator Fugate announcing the FEMA App is now available for Apple devices: After we launched the App for Android devices, we received feedback from users and have made some updates to the version for Apple devices. One of the things that people said is that the popup box in the map section was cumbersome on a phone’s small screen, so we:  Moved the disclaimer language to its own page so users can interact better with the map. Gave users the opportunity to choose between the Map view and the List view, whereas before, the App took the user directly...
Posted On: October 27, 2011
Author: Paulette Aniskoff
I am thrilled to announce the winners of the 2011 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards! We received applications from 36 States, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The applications reflected the full breadth of the emergency management team, with submissions from faith-based, tribal, non-profit, private sector, and community-based organizations, as well as individuals.Winners showed incredible innovation and creativity. I am honored to recognize organizations such as the Washington State Emergency Management Division and individuals like the late John D. Solomon who...
Posted On: October 20, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We’ve mentioned the Great California ShakeOut several times on the blog, but wanted to put out a friendly reminder now that it’s right around the corner. On Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m. Pacific time, over 8 million people will participate in an earthquake drill to practice how to safely duck, take cover, and hold on in the event of an earthquake.With the ShakeOut just a few days away, here are a few reminders about the drill:  You don’t need to be in California to participate - The recent earthquake on the East Coast shows that earthquakes can happen practically anytime,...
Posted On: October 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
PoEmmitsburg, MD, October 16, 2011 -- The names of firefighters who lost their lives in 2010 are unveiled at the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial. Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator, and Glenn Gaines, Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration, were in attendance to honor those who lost their lives serving their communities, and support the families they leave behind. (Photo courtesy of Fallen Firefighters Foundation)Yesterday, the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted a memorial service remembering firefighters who have lost...
Posted On: October 17, 2011
Author: Glenn Gaines
Throughout Fire Prevention Week, I’ve reflected on the changes in how we prepare for and prevent fires, as well as the importance of properly using a fire extinguisher. To wrap up the week, I wanted to remind you that protecting your family and home from fire all begins with prevention. Have working smoke alarms in your home Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce the risk of dying from a fire in your home by almost half. A smoke alarm stands guard around the...
Posted On: October 14, 2011
Author: Damon Penn
Back in June, I blogged about the first national-level test of the Emergency Alert System that will take place on November 9 at 2 p.m. eastern. With the test now less than a month away, I wanted to put out a friendly reminder about what it means for you.So here's an excerpt from my first blog post, with details about the test: One of the most important communications tools that helps federal, state, local, territorial and tribal authorities issue emergency information and warnings to the public is the Emergency Alert System. This system is frequently used and tested at the local level, but...
Posted On: October 13, 2011

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