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Posted by: Tim Manning, Deputy Administrator, Protection and National PreparednessIt’s the stuff legends are made of.  On this day 199 years ago, the first in a series of catastrophic earthquakes rocked the Midwest along the New Madrid seismic zone.  Although the epicenter of the December 16th quake was in northeast Arkansas, the magnitude of the quake reportedly caused church bells to ring along the East coast.As the graphic above shows, an major earthquake in the New Madrid zone (of magnitude 6.0 or more) would severely affect Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois,...
Posted On: December 16, 2010
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Posted by: Deputy Administrator Rich SerinoYesterday, I spoke at the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Shared Strategies conference in Denver, CO.  Events like the UASI conference are a great way to get members of the team working together.  Whether you’re a business owner, member of your Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), local government official, or a parent looking out for your family, you can help the nation prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.Here's a quick video I recorded at the conference: So what is the UASI? It’s a program designed to improve emergency...
Posted On: December 15, 2010
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Posted by: Public AffairsMuch of the U.S. has been hit with winter weather in the past week, from several feet of snow in parts of Minnesota to freeze warnings in Florida, and more snow and freezing rain is forecasted across large areas of the country today.  When the weather outside gets frightful, staying safe (and warm) is of primary importance.  So in light of the recent extreme weather, here are some simple reminders to keep you safe this winter season:Be informedNOAA weather radios, local TV and radio stations are great places to find severe weather updates.  For more detailed forecasts...
Posted On: December 15, 2010

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