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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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Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public AffairsWhether its summer, fall, winter or spring, disasters are not limited to just one season -- and neither is our need to prepare for them. At FEMA, preparedness is always a top priority, and we are constantly encouraging the public to get ready for emergencies.One of our favorite things about the holiday season are the traditions we create with our families,  neighbors and  communities. At FEMA, our holiday tradition is our annual "Resolve to be Ready" campaign during which we encourage Americans to give the gift of  preparedness...
Posted On: December 17, 2010
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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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