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Author: Dr. Kevin Yeskey
The kick off of the hurricane season in June serves as a reminder that any type of disaster can affect the health of individuals and entire communities. I wanted to share a new resource for state and local emergency managers and public health officials who send cell phone text alerts to the public after a disaster - a toolkit of texts with expert-approved recommended actions that people can take to protect their health.The text messages from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are 115 characters or fewer (including spaces), and are designed so that emergency managers can modify...
Posted On: June 10, 2011
Author: Damon Penn
As we often say here at FEMA, it's critical that all members of the team, whether its federal, state, local and tribal governments, or the public, have an emergency communications plan. Knowing how you would get in touch with the residents in your communities, or your loved ones, is a key part of how we all can prepare for disasters, both natural and man-made.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...
Posted On: June 9, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
The 2011 hurricane season began last week, so we’ve been blogging about ways you can get prepared for the hazards associated with severe tropical weather. While there hasn’t been a named tropical storm or hurricane yet this year, I wanted to share some resources you can bookmark or save that could be very helpful before, during and after disaster strikes.So whether you are a parent, student, teacher, emergency responder or website manager, the resources below will keep you connected to the latest information on hurricanes and tropical storms. Take a look and share them with your friends and...
Posted On: June 7, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
One of the reasons people don’t prepare for an emergency is the mindset that “it could never happen to me”. But over the weekend, a potentially tragic fire at the home of country singer Trace Adkins proved the importance of having a plan before a disaster strikes.According to news reports, a fire broke out in the garage and quickly spread to other areas of the home. CNN.com gives an account of Rhonda Adkins, Trace’s wife, after she heard about the fire from a neighbor: Her three young daughters and their dog were inside the home with their nanny when the fire started. Rhonda Adkins was...
Posted On: June 6, 2011
Author: Beth A. Freeman, Robin Finegan
The National Weather Service anticipates that several areas of the Missouri River and North Platte River could experience potentially record-breaking water levels this summer as snow melts and descends from the Dakotas and Rocky Mountains, and additional rainfall continues to be much higher than normal in some areas that feed the Missouri River Basin.Many areas in our regions are already experiencing flooding, so we wanted to provide a quick update on what FEMA’s doing to be prepared in case the flooding worsens, and share some ways to stay safe if you live in the potentially affected area....
Posted On: June 3, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
Many of my fellow bloggers emphasize the importance of individuals getting prepared before disaster strikes. The three simple steps we stress – get a kit, make a plan, be informed – can help not only individuals, but also businesses get ready for an emergency.Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or man-made disaster never reopen, according to the Insurance Information Institute. We think this percentage is much too high, which is why we wanted to remind you of some tools that businesses can use to get prepared for emergencies: Ready Business – complete with tips and tools for...
Posted On: June 2, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
I'm proud to announce that the Challenge.gov winner is the Map Your Neighborhood program submitted by Penny W. Here’s a little bit about the program from Penny’s submission: It [the Map Your Neighborhood program] involves meeting with a small group of your neighbors to set up a plan for evacuation, rescue, etc. in the event of a disaster. You physically draw a diagram of your neighbor's homes to include gas shut-offs, water shut-offs, etc. You also inquire and make a list of who has a ladder, chain-saw, rope, muscular strength, or who can provide childcare so others can go to the aid of...
Posted On: June 2, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
It’s June 1, which means it is the official start of Hurricane season. With hurricane season officially here, we wanted to share a video from Administrator Fugate: You can do your part by making sure you and your loved ones are prepared by having an emergency plan and kit. Talk with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to do the same. And you can also take steps to get prepared for a hurricane at your workplace, so talk with your human resources manager about steps you can take.Last week was Hurricane Awareness Week and we wrote a series of blog posts to illustrate the importance...
Posted On: June 1, 2011
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