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Author: Public Affairs
As National Hurricane Preparedness Week comes to a close, we wanted to share tips on how to prepare both your home and families before, during, and after severe tropical weather.  All week, we've been sharing ways you can get prepared for the various hazards associated with a hurricane, so we wanted to end the week with a more tips on protecting your home and family from a hurricane.In addition to the tips below, you can get more information on preparing for hurricanes and tropical storms at www.Ready.gov/hurricanes.Tips for protecting your home: Make plans to secure your property....
Posted On: May 28, 2011
Author: David Kaufman
It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week, so as we get prepared for the present, the emergency management community is also planning for the future and looking at nine different factors (or what we call drivers) that will affect the future of emergency management.The Strategic Foresight Initiative was launched so the emergency management community can seek to understand how the world is changing, and how those changes may affect the future of emergency management. Over 550 members of the emergency management community, including Federal, state, local, and tribal first responders and...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, so we’re continuing to share ways you can get prepared before hurricane season, beginning June 1. Today, we’re sharing tips you and your family can use to create an emergency plan, so you can stay in touch, stay informed, and reduce the stress of a hurricane or tropical storm.There are several essential steps that should be a part of your hurricane safety plan, or any family emergency plan: Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Biloxi, MS, April 29, 2010 -- Administrator Fugate sits in the co-pilot seat in a Hurricane Hunter aircraft alongside Major Jeff Ragusa during his visit with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Hurricane Hunters) at Keesler Air Force Base. The Hurricane Hunters provide valuable weather data used by FEMA and other partners to evaluate active weather situations.This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and we’ve been teaming up with our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to emphasize getting prepared for hurricane season, which starts June 1.We...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate, Ali S. Khan
With June 1 only days away, FEMA, CDC and the rest of the team are busy preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. And now that you’ve taken the necessary precautions to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, you can start preparing for hurricane season, too. In recognition of Hurricane Preparedness Week, we want to remind you of some simple steps you can take.  The same steps that we described in our zombie post (get a kit, make a plan, be informed) are key to getting prepared for a hurricane as well.Get a Kit and Stock UpSome useful items for your family emergency kit.After a hurricane...
Posted On: May 26, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Brownsville, Texas, July 24, 2008 -- A resident pushes his stalled car through a flooded street. Hurricane Dolly made landfall on South Padre island with 120 mph winds.This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, so we’ve been sharing ways you can get prepared before hurricane season begins on June 1.  Today, we wanted to look at the threat that severe tropical weather poses to inland areas, specifically, flooding.While many immediately think of strong winds when they think of hurricanes, heavy rains and inland flooding are equally destructive and dangerous.  Hurricanes and...
Posted On: May 25, 2011
Author: Sandra Knight
The devastation caused by the recent tornadoes and thunderstorms has highlighted how critical building safety is to overall public safety, property protection, and to our economic lifeblood.  Fittingly, President Obama has proclaimed May as National Building Safety Month in order to heighten awareness of the key role that the development and construction of safe residential and commercial building standards plays in the fight against catastrophic damage caused by disasters.So in light of National Building Safety month, I wanted to share FEMA’s efforts in this area, along with some...
Posted On: May 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Hurricane season is fast approaching (beginning June 1), and we are encouraging those in hurricane-prone areas to get prepared as part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Yesterday, we focused on getting prepared for the storm surge often caused by hurricanes– today’s theme is keeping your family and home safe from tropical storm- and hurricane-force winds.While hurricane-force winds often make the news, there’s no such thing as “just a tropical storm”. Hurricane- and tropical storm-force winds can send debris through the air, causing damage to homes and businesses. Also, hurricanes can...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Norm Dong
We’ve been getting a lot of questions recently concerning the number of presidentially-declared disasters and whether FEMA has enough money to respond to and help communities recover from the devastation that we’ve all witnessed recently.In fact this morning, Administrator Fugate got asked about this by CNN as he was doing live interviews from Joplin, Missouri. As he explained, disaster response and recovery is a team effort, with resources for survivors and reconstruction efforts coming from FEMA and other federal agencies, state and local governments, private insurers, volunteer and faith...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we continue to support the states’ efforts to recover from the deadly tornadoes that struck over the weekend, we are also closely monitoring the threat of severe weather today for the central U.S., including in Joplin, Mo. The National Weather Service is forecasting severe storms (with the possibility of tornadoes) for parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri – if you’re in the area, make sure you are prepared for potential severe weather: Have a safe place to go in case a severe storm or tornado is imminent. The safest place is inside, in an interior room on the lowest level...
Posted On: May 24, 2011

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