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Author: Jim Cantore
The author is a Broadcast Meteorologist and TV personality at The Weather ChannelEditor’s Note: The views expressed by Jim Cantore do not necessarily represent the official views of the United States, the Department of Homeland Security, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA does not endorse any non-government organizations, entities, or services.After last year’s historic year for devastating tornadoes, we all recall the scenes that played out in places like Joplin and Tuscaloosa. But it’s important to note that severe weather occurs year-round.During the first National Severe...
Posted On: April 27, 2012
Author: Bob Dixson
The author is the mayor of Greensburg, Kansas.   Editor’s Note: The views expressed by Mayor Bob Dixon do not necessarily represent the official views of the United States, the Department of Homeland Security, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA does not endorse any non-government organizations, entities, or services. FEMA and NOAA have partnered to designate April 22-28, 2012, as National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and is calling upon all Americans in every area of the country to Be a Force of Nature.The City of Greensburg, Kan., is committed to Being a Force of...
Posted On: April 26, 2012
Author: Rusty Surette
The author is with the American Red Cross Central and Western Oklahoma Region Editor’s Note: The views expressed by Rusty Surette do not necessarily represent the official views of the United States, the Department of Homeland Security, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA does not endorse any non-government organizations, entities, or services. After preaching to the public the importance of disaster preparedness for more than a year now, I found myself last month practicing what we preach.Dangerous and potentially deadly tornadoes were forecasted to move into Oklahoma...
Posted On: April 26, 2012
Author: Tom Skilling
The Author, Tom Skilling, is a Meteorologist at WGN-TV in Chicago. Editor’s Note: The views expressed by Tom Skilling do not necessarily represent the official views of the United States, the Department of Homeland Security, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA does not endorse any non-government organizations, entities, or services. When it comes to severe weather, a disturbing trend has emerged. Warnings of extreme weather events, such as tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, are being issued with greater accuracy and with once only dreamed-of lead times -- increasingly as...
Posted On: April 25, 2012
Author: Dawn Skaggs
The author is a Principal Investigator at the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii   National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a reminder to appreciate the days of beautiful weather, check emergency kits, and recognize community leaders.Preparing, reviewing, connecting with neighbors and leading by example are all part of a community approach that is blowing across the State of Hawaii like the trade winds after stifling heat. In communities throughout the state, individuals with a disability are taking the lead in emergency preparedness using the Feeling Safe...
Posted On: April 24, 2012
Author: Tod Pritchard
The Author is the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with Wisconsin Emergency Management.   You have the power to save lives… you just don’t realize it yet. You have the power to tell your family, friends and co-workers how critically important it is to be ready for severe weather. Be a Force of Nature.What does that mean? Here in Wisconsin we’re spreading the word on lessons learned from the terrible storms of 2011. The unimaginable lost of life in the Joplin, Missouri tornado last year should be a wake up call to everyone. A National Weather Service study of that tornado...
Posted On: April 23, 2012
Author: Tim Manning
The U.S. has made significant progress in enhancing preparedness and identifies several significant areas of national strength, based on a report FEMA released today.FEMA and its partners released the National Preparedness Report, which assesses how prepared we are as a Nation. The report is part of a series of documents developed to meet the requirements of Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness.PPD-8 aims to strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the national security,...
Posted On: April 13, 2012
Author: Robin Finegan
I’ve been following the progress of the upcoming Great Utah ShakeOut and I’m really pleased with what I’ve seen to date. Perhaps what’s most impressive is the number of participants, which continues to climb daily.With less than one week to go, the Great Utah ShakeOut has already enlisted a record number of Utahns for what promises to be the largest such exercise in state history. The number of participants – 840,000 and counting – represents a full third of the state’s population. I wonder if any state has achieved such a high percentage of participation in their ShakeOut drill.The level of...
Posted On: April 10, 2012
Author: Tim Manning, David Miller
At FEMA, we’ve been working hard to ensure that our nation continually strengthens its resiliency and becomes as prepared as it can be against all hazards. Today we took another step forward in that ongoing effort with the release of the Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 201: Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. The THIRA process builds on the progress we’ve achieved so far with the National Preparedness Goal and the description of the National Preparedness System. Ultimately, the THIRA process provides a common way to more fully understand all of the risks communities face –...
Posted On: April 4, 2012
Author: Public Affairs
Last Tuesday, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate met Maj. Gen. Eyal Eizenberg, the current commanding general of Israel’s Home Front Command, who is visiting the United States for a series of key governmental meetings.The Home Front Command and Israel’s National Emergency Management Authority (FEMA’s Israeli counterpart) have collaborated with us for over four years under an memorandum of understanding with DHS. The MOU provides the mechanism through which FEMA and Israel established an Emergency Management Working Group.The working group seeks to develop exchanges of information and support...
Posted On: March 26, 2012

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