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Author: Don Boyce
When a blizzard reared its ugly head across the Northeast U.S. at the end of December, much of the area came to a virtual standstill.  Airports and roads were closed, and several governors declared a state of emergency to mobilize their state’s resources to respond.  Our Regional offices were in touch with our state and local partners throughout the storm.While the Northeast blizzard was a newsworthy storm, it won’t be the last severe storm this winter.  At FEMA, we encourage everyone to get prepared for winter weather before the next storm hits.  You can get started today...
Posted On: January 5, 2011
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By Rachel Racusen, Director, Public AffairsAll week we have been sharing tips with you on the simple steps you can take to Resolve to be Ready in 2011. Earlier in the week, we went over how you can take the first two steps – getting an emergency supply kit for your home and you car and making a family communications plan. Now, with New Year’s Eve just a day away, it’s time to share our tips for the third and final step: being informed of the potential hazards in your community.This past week was proof that no matter where we live, we all face risks posed by severe weather and other types of...
Posted On: December 30, 2010
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Posted By: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public AffairsWe make plans for almost anything.  In a typical day, you might plan for how you’ll make your morning commute, what you will have for lunch, how you will accomplish projects at work, and what meal you will have upon returning home. As the New Year approaches, we’re encouraging Americans to take three simple steps to get prepared before a disaster strikes: get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.  Planning for a potential emergency can ease the stress of an emergency situation, and can ultimately save your life, or the life of...
Posted On: December 30, 2010
Author: Rachel Racusen
How many New Year’s resolutions have you managed to keep over the years?  If you’re like me, there have been more than a few resolutions that have not withstood the test of time.  Researchers say our resolutions often fail for a number of reasons: our goals were too lofty, we didn’t have a clear plan for success, or we didn’t have someone holding us accountable.At FEMA, we’re encouraging everyone to Resolve to be Ready in 2011.  As we saw in 2010, disasters can strike anywhere in America, from hurricanes in southern Texas to ice storms in the Northeast, to flooding in the...
Posted On: December 29, 2010
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Posted by: Shayne Adamski, Senior Manager, Digital EngagementAt the 2010 TEDMED Conference in San Diego, CA, Administrator Craig Fugate spoke about the need to expand the emergency management team and engage all Americans in better preparing our communities before disaster strikes.He took the opportunity to challenge his fellow attendees to come up with ideas on how we can better prepare communities before disasters strike:“How can we—as we play our many roles as part of businesses, governments, medical and emergency response fields, community groups, schools and families—make our communities...
Posted On: December 28, 2010
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Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public AffairsThe current snowstorms blanketing the East Coast are another reminder that its important to take simple steps now to be prepared -- and to Resolve to be Ready for emergencies in 2011.As we get closer to the New Year, today our Deputy Administrator, Rich Serino, teamed up with the head of Massachusetts Public Safety, Mary Beth Heffernan, to urge everyone to consider making a new year's resolution that could make a real difference in the next snowstorm, flood, or hurricane: "Nearly half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. This year, why...
Posted On: December 27, 2010
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Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public Affairs As the countdown to New Year’s Eve continues, FEMA is doing our part to encourage all of you out there still looking for a New Year’s resolution to Resolve to be Ready in 2011.  Last week, we highlighted op-eds written by Nancy Ward, our Region 9 Administrator, and Ken Murphy, our Region 10 Administrator, in the LA Daily News and the Oregonian. Yesterday, our Administrator Craig Fugate continued this drumbeat, partnering with Jim Bassham, the director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, on an op-ed published in the...
Posted On: December 22, 2010
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Posted by: Brad Carroll, Press SecretaryFor a lot of folks across the country, winter has already come in like a lion.  There’s been snow in the mid-Atlantic, Mid-West and Nevada is currently getting dumped on with feet of snow in some areas.  The Metrodome collapsed and California and Hawaii are currently experiencing some serious severe weather.But, as your local meteorologist will probably point out on your evening newscast today, December 21st, is actually the first official day of winter.  Which means, if you haven’t already, now is a great time to get ready for winter.Winter...
Posted On: December 21, 2010
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Posted by: Public AffairsAfter a fire swept downtown Baltimore, MD, earlier this month, 2,000 workers were displaced as businesses in the area were impacted. While this event made the news, it got us thinking about the countless common issues that can shut you down for precious hours, days or even longer: power outages, computer viruses and cyber attacks, burst pipes,  and the flu - just to name a few.The fact is that we live in a world of constant disruption – both the unplanned and intentional kind.  For businesses and employees, business interruptions mean loss of income, services and...
Posted On: December 20, 2010
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Posted by: Nancy Ward, FEMA Regional Administrator Region IXWe received great and positive feedback on Tuesday’s kickoff of the Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Response Plan (CATPLAN) from press and participants.  The plan specifies that federal and state agencies will work closely together in preparing for a potential large scale earthquake in Southern California.  Unfortunately, a major earthquake in Southern California is overdue and is a “when”, not an “if”, event.And while the new CATPLAN is a step in the right direction, it’s vital that the entire community works together to...
Posted On: December 17, 2010

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