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Author: Rebecca Jennings
What would you do if you found out there was a tornado headed right toward you, right now? On average, you get at least 13 minutes to respond.The clock starts now:Ask yourself, would you know it was coming?How would you hear about the warning?Where would you go to safely seek shelter?What if you were asleep?Are you ready?That’s just minutes to hear about the tornado warning, figure out what is going on, make a decision about what you will do, and take action that could save your life.Now consider this:What if you were at work?School?A busy mall or dark movie theater?What would you do? Where...
Posted On: June 26, 2013
Author: Gene Gruber
While I couldn’t be there in person to present the Community Rating System plaque to the City of Altoona Commissioners during their recent meeting, I did want to recognize that as of October 1, 2012 the City of Altoona joined an elite group of communities across the country who are going above and beyond the minimum requirements to make their communities safer from flood risk.For a bit of background, the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the...
Posted On: June 24, 2013
Author: Bruce Brodoff
Hurricane Sandy, the recent, deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma and the Boston Marathon bombing are stark reminders that businesses and commercial and industrial properties are susceptible to a wide variety of emergencies.  Hurricanes, extensive flooding, blizzards, ice storms, fires and utility disruptions are just some of the emergencies that can impact a business’ operations, bringing fresh urgency to the need for business preparedness and resiliency efforts.Such emergencies and disasters have the potential to cripple or even destroy businesses – of all sizes and scope – that are unprepared...
Posted On: June 10, 2013
Author: LT Stephanie Young
Editor's Note: This blog originally appeared on the U.S. Coast Guard Blog.With contributions from Susanna Marking, Office of External Affairs, Federal Emergency Management Agency.As Hurricane Isaac inched towards the Gulf Coast in August 2012, Petty Officer 2nd Class James Hockenberry was assigned to an aircrew tasked with relocating a Coast Guard helicopter outside of the storm’s path. Left behind were his wife and two boys.A flight mechanic at Air Station Orleans, Hockenberry’s duty to respond doesn’t stop when there is a storm on its way and he ensures his family is prepared well in...
Posted On: June 6, 2013
Author: Flat Stanley and Flat Stella
It’s National Hurricane Preparedness week and our friends at FEMA wanted us to do something fun to make sure Stella and I are prepared for the start of hurricane season, June 1. We’ve heard a lot about how it’s important to have an emergency kit – it is a collection of basic items your family may need in the event of an emergency.So to help us get our kit together, we did a scavenger hunt for things already around the house that are also great things to use during an emergency.First we had to find our battery powered weather radio that sends out alert when severe weather is in our area....
Posted On: May 31, 2013
Author: David Miller
May 31 is National Dam Safety Awareness Day, established to encourage and promote individual and community responsibility and best practices for dam safety, and to highlight the steps people can take to prevent future catastrophic dam failures or lessen the impact of a potential failure.  FEMA recognizes National Dam Safety Awareness Day in order to help promote the benefits that dams can offer to communities nationwide.This commemoration serves as an important national initiative for FEMA at both the national level as well as through several local events this year in Michigan, Ohio...
Posted On: May 30, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
We’re kicking off National Hurricane Preparedness Week! Once again, we’ve teamed up with our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to encourage all Americans to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, which officially starts this Saturday, June 1 and lasts until November 30. Above all, hurricanes are powerful forces of nature that not only cause damage to coastlines, but also hundreds of miles inland as well because of flooding.  The impact of Hurricane Sandy was felt in Puerto Rico, Florida and other parts of the East Coast, and this video shows just...
Posted On: May 27, 2013
Author: Roy Wright
In my experience, people tend to think that making their home or business more resistant to disasters is a very complex process that requires many professionals.  However, in the majority of cases, a little do-it-yourself effort can go a long way.  Making your home safer can be as simple as clearing flammable materials around your home if you live in an area prone to wildfires – or as complex as using specialized techniques when rebuilding your home after a disaster.This month has been designated by the President as National Building Safety Month to highlight the importance of...
Posted On: May 16, 2013
Author: Scott Schermerhorn
As part of the Swift Water Rescue Team for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia, I have been involved in swift water responses for the past decade. Over the course of these responses, I have learned much about the power of water and the damage that floods can create. Floods, caused by nature or man-made, can occur at any time and can affect anyone. Being prepared and heeding warnings and public safety announcements may be the only way to ensure your safety.  Let me discuss a few of the situations I’ve seen as a rescuer and how they tie back to some of the common phrases...
Posted On: March 21, 2013
Author: Neil McDevitt
In the past two years, the Greater Philadelphia region has seen its share of major severe weather disasters.  From severe storms to two hurricanes, the sight of wind-damaged homes, floating cars, and people spending time in neighborhood shelters has become a sadly familiar sight.We also know that while we can’t always control when and how Mother Nature will strike our area, we know we can take active steps to prepare for disasters.  At the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre (DHCC), we also recognize that we have a role in making sure we’re keeping the community we serve informed as...
Posted On: March 8, 2013

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