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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
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

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