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Author: Lars Anderson
It’s the middle of the week, “Hump Day” and most of us have begun the countdown until the weekend. Maybe your weekend plans include staying home to get some much needed R&R. Or maybe you are looking forward to going to a nearby park or to spending time with family.If your weekend plans include taking a drive in your car or truck, take a minute during the rest of this week to make sure you have supplies in case an emergency should happen. Having emergency supplies in your vehicle could prove useful in situations ranging from popping a tire to being caught in a sudden flash flood. So take a...
Posted On: May 16, 2012
Author: Mindy Kelley
Editor’s Note: The views expressed by Mindy Kelley 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.What do I want this Mother’s Day? I want to know that my kids are safe and happy. It may sound cliché, but if you’re a parent, you understand. And while I can’t ensure my children’s happiness, I can make them just a little bit safer by helping them prepare for a potential emergency.One Christmas, I gave both of my...
Posted On: May 10, 2012
Author: David Miller
Editor's Note: this blog post was updated May 16, 2012.Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster to affect every state across the country. Flooding is so common, in fact, that Congress authorized the creation of the National Flood Insurance Program, under the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to lessen the financial impact of flood disasters on individuals, business, and all levels of government. That authorization is set to expire next month, on May 31, and only Congress can provide the authority for continued funding of the program.If Congress fails to reauthorize the NFIP...
Posted On: May 10, 2012
Author: Tim Manning
Today, we released the 2012 National Preparedness Report. The report identifies significant progress the nation has made in areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Overall the report found that the nation has increased its collective preparedness, not only from external threats, but also for natural and technological hazards that face its communities.The report is part of Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness.PPD-8 aims to strengthen the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the...
Posted On: May 3, 2012
Author: Andrew Velasquez III
During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, FEMA and NOAA worked together to encourage the public that the time to prepare for severe weather is now -- before it strikes. In special partnership with Amtrak, FEMA Region V staff -- with the help of the Ready campaign -- encouraged commuters at Chicago’s Union Station to consider how they can prepare themselves, their families and their community for severe weather.Everyday thousands of commuters make their way through the south concourse of Union Station as they travel in and out of the downtown area. Here’s a brief video showing the...
Posted On: May 1, 2012
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Posted by: Angela Petersen, Vice President, Business Continuity for Zions BankEditor’s Note: The views expressed by Angela Peterson 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. On April 17, 2012, the State of Utah participated in the Great Utah ShakeOut the largest simulated earthquake exercise in the state’s history. Several members of my organization were fortunate enough to be asked to participate in the...
Posted On: May 1, 2012
Author: Art Faulkner
The author is the Director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency   Today is a day that Alabamians will never forget.One year ago we lost nearly 250 people as tornadoes tore through our state destroying homes and businesses, disrupting communities, and affecting more than 65 percent of the people living in the state. It was hard to grasp the loss of life and the destruction caused by these fierce storms as we visited community after community.This past year has been an incredible testament to the resiliency of the people and communities in Alabama. Under the leadership of Gov...
Posted On: April 27, 2012
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

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