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Author: Marcie Roth
Today's earthquake and the resulting tsunami are another reminder of the need to plan for the entire community and not just plan for the easy scenarios following a disaster, as Administrator Fugate often says. Along with the National Disability Rights Network and other leaders and advocates from across the disability community, we signed a memorandum of agreement today at the White House.  This agreement solidifies a partnership in working together to make sure we are planning for and meeting the needs of people with disabilities before, during, and after disasters strike.Here's an...
Posted On: March 11, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
Cell phones are becoming more and more valuable to our lives – providing internet access, the latest weather forecast, and access to our favorite social networking sites.  While cell phones can be a great convenience, they can also be a lifeline after an emergency.As Administrator Fugate often says, a cell phone is a data center, with the ability to store and access a large amount of information quickly.  So why not tap into the power of your cell phone, whether it's the latest-and-greatest model, or a phone that’s been around a while, and be ready to use it in case a disaster...
Posted On: March 10, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
Getting prepared for spring flooding is one of the topics driving our attention this time of year.  In previous blog posts, we’ve highlighted two approaches to getting prepared - learning from past disasters and sharing your preparedness tips with your neighbor.While many preparedness tips focus on individuals taking action, businesses also play a vital role in helping an affected community come back to full strength after a disaster. One way businesses (as well as residents) can protect their property from the financial damages of flooding is by purchasing flood insurance. ...
Posted On: March 8, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Many times, the most useful and memorable advice comes from people sharing their experiences and that holds especially true when it comes to advice on how to prepare before disaster strikes.Check out this video from a couple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and how they are taking steps to protect their home from flooding:If you live in an area that has a risk of flooding the tips in the video above are great places to start getting prepared.  Here are some other ways you can prepare your family, home, or business for flooding: Visit Ready.gov – for details on getting an emergency kit, making...
Posted On: March 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As part of our campaign to raise awareness for kids fire safety, we wanted to highlight some photos to inspire you to have a conversation with kids you know about fire safety.We're working with a host of our partners across the public health, children’s advocacy and emergency management fields, including the National Commission on Children and Disasters.  While the photos below aren’t directly from partners of this campaign, we’re hoping they give you some ideas on preparing your family for home fires. Visit www.ready.gov/kidsfiresafety to learn more, and follow the conversation on...
Posted On: February 16, 2011
Author: Glenn Gaines
Every winter, we see the number of fires in homes or apartment buildings rise, especially as families turn to alternative sources of heating during the winter months. This year is no exception – and a new report released today by the U.S. Fire Administration finds that the threat of serious injury or death from residential fires is especially high for young children under the age of five.In fact, as USA Today reports this morning, according to this new study, 52 percent of all child fire deaths in 2007 involved children under the age of four, a slight increase from the most recent study...
Posted On: February 14, 2011
Author: Bob Fenton
I wanted to call attention to one of Administrator Fugate's recent posts on Twitter. For those who might not know, the U.S. National Grid (USNG) is a standard that provides a nationally consistent language of location.  It breaks the United States into a series of grids, which can be used to reference an exact location on a map.For many years, the USNG has been taught and used by the military, known as the Military Grid Reference System (MGRS), and used as the preferred way to reference location and navigate from point A to point B.  MGRS is taught and used on every operational...
Posted On: February 10, 2011
Author: Sandra Knight
Calexico, CA, April 6, 2010 -- A magnitude7.2 earthquake rocked the city on Easter leavingmany facilities, roads, and public buildings closed.This photo shows damages at a home in the area. Back in December, Tim Manning spoke about our efforts to prepare for a catastrophic earthquake along the New Madrid seismic zone on the anniversary of the historic earthquake that struck the Midwestern U.S. in 1811.Since 2011 is the bicentennial anniversary, states across the central U.S. are recognizing February as Earthquake Awareness Month.  FEMA has teamed up with the Central U.S. Earthquake...
Posted On: February 7, 2011
Author: Christopher Jones
Here at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) we focus on delivering all-hazard preparedness training for local, tribal and state first responders. This training is timely, skill-based, and a critical investment in more resilient communities. Time and time again, we have seen cases of CDP alumni putting what they have learned with us to work – saving lives, protecting property and making our country safer for all Americans.A great example is what happened last spring in the attempted Times Square car bombing in New York City, NY. On May 1, 2010 a local vendor noticed smoke seeping from...
Posted On: February 7, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
When it comes to weather, the National Weather Service is the official source of severe watches and warnings.  For the current winter storm making its way across the country, the National Weather Service has already issued winter storm watches, warnings or advisories in over 30 states, and blizzard warnings have been issued for eight states, including Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana.But what do all the watches and warnings mean?  Here’s a quick rundown: Winter Weather Advisory means cold, ice and snow are expected. Winter Storm Watch...
Posted On: February 1, 2011

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