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Author: Art Faulkner
There is no question that April 27, 2011 changed the lives of Alabamians. On that one day, our state experienced more than 60 confirmed tornadoes causing widespread devastation. Soon after, we decided to do all we could to make our state safer in the future.In the days, weeks and months following the tornadoes, Governor Bentley and I toured the state and heard the personal stories of disaster survivors.  Many of them told us how they only had moments to find safety while praying for their lives and the lives of their loved ones.They were the lucky ones that day.  No matter how...
Posted On: July 18, 2013
Author: LesleyAnne Ezelle
Here at FEMA we’re committed to the “Whole Community” approach to emergency management which Administrator Fugate initiated when he arrived. For those of you that haven’t heard of the Whole Community concept, it basically says that FEMA can’t manage emergencies by ourselves; we need to make sure that we’re including the private sector, community organizations, faith-based organizations, state local, and tribal government, the general public, non-profits, schools, our partners in other federal agencies, and almost any other group you can think of. One specific part of the Whole Community idea...
Posted On: July 15, 2013
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

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