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Author: Elizabeth Zimmerman
Editor's note: This was originally posted on the White House Blog.  Today, we are announcing a new multiagency effort to strengthen the way the federal family works together to support state, tribal, territorial and local communities to recover after disaster strikes.For the first time, the National Disaster Recovery Framework defines how federal agencies will work together to best meet the needs of states and communities in their ongoing recovery, by aligning key roles and responsibilities among all our partners. The emphasis of this framework is that recovering after a disaster is a...
Posted On: September 23, 2011
Author: Janet Napolitano
Editor's Note: This was originally posted on the The Blog @ Homeland Security of the Department of Homeland Security on September 22.Today I visited Joplin, Mo. with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino, to survey the progress of recovery efforts on the ground. When I last visited Joplin in June, I told our team of federal, state, local and community partners that we would not leave until the job was finished and today, three months later, we remain committed to helping the people of Missouri rebuild.Joplin, MO, September 22, 2011 -- Education Secretary...
Posted On: September 22, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Many communities across the country continue to recover from natural disasters - and members of the emergency management team are working tirelessly to support the affected individuals and communities. The photos below show this team in action in the past week – a team that includes federal, state and local government agencies, voluntary and faith-based organizations, the private sector, and concerned citizens.For more FEMA photos, visit our Photo Library. If you’d like to learn more about helping those recovering from a disaster, visit fema.gov/howtohelp.Hickory Point, NC, September 17, 2011...
Posted On: September 21, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Duryea, PA, September 16, 2011 -- During a tour of the flood damage caused by tropical storm Lee, Vice President Joe Biden stops to ask a young resident how she is holding up.We continue to support our state, local and tribal partners as recovery efforts are in full swing in states affected by this summer’s flooding from the remnants of tropical storm Lee. To date, over $19.4 million of federal assistance has been approved in eligible counties to jumpstart survivors’ recovery and help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other...
Posted On: September 19, 2011
Author: Stephen De Blasio
When Tropical Storm Irene blew through Connecticut, FEMA was well prepared to help the state and disaster survivors get their recovery underway as needed. Together with state and local officials, preliminary damage assessments were quickly wrapped up and federal assistance was approved for individuals and business owners in eight counties across the state.Milford, CT, September 1, 2011 --September 1, 2011--City crews and residents clean up in neighborhoods after Hurricane Irene battered the Connecticut shoreline. While FEMA’s operations have just moved into our Joint Field Office in Windsor,...
Posted On: September 15, 2011
Author: Patricia McCoy
Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s website. If you suspect anyone – an inspector, disaster survivor, or someone posing as one of these – of fraudulent activities, call our toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721, or your local law enforcement officials. This year has seen quite a few notable natural disasters, including deadly tornados, wild fires, and floods. Most recently an unusually strong earthquake, hurricane and floods have stuck the eastern United States.Of course, with any disaster comes the cleanup, which can be expensive...
Posted On: August 31, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
Joplin, MO, August 22, 2011 -- Walgreen on 20th Street and Range Line re-opens after it was destroyed by the EF-5 tornado on May 22, 2011. Walls and a roof on the building only took nine days to build. FEMA is in the city to provide assistance to the disaster survivors.On August 22, three months following the devastating tornado, I visited Joplin, Missouri. I wanted to see first-hand how the public and private sector were working hand-in-hand in recovery, bringing their community back – stronger and better than before. While touring the area, I met some amazing business owners and managers...
Posted On: August 26, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Every Friday, we do a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.Peak hurricane season is hereSince hurricane season started back on June 1, no major storms have affected the U.S. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the season will follow suit, especially with the busiest months of severe tropical weather still ahead. We’re closely monitoring several tropical waves in the Atlantic that may develop into stronger, more organized storms, and tropical storm Fernanda that’s currently churning in the...
Posted On: August 19, 2011
Author: Libby Turner
Joplin, Mo., August 10, 2011 -- Firefighters who were first on the scene when an EF-5 tornado on May 22, 2011 tore a path in Joplin participated in the opening ceremony of the "I am Joplin" event, a back-to-school gathering attended by thousands of school-aged children and their parents at Missouri Southern State University.After a community goes through a devastating disaster, like the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin in May, the road to recovery can be long and daunting. While debris is removed and homes and businesses are rebuilt, survivors often look for signs that things really can return...
Posted On: August 15, 2011
Author: Terry Quarles
When emergency managers and the disability community work closely together, it can help assistance reach a greater number of survivors, and change outcomes for individuals and communities after a disaster. After a series of storms and tornadoes that hit Mississippi in April and record-setting floods in May that brought widespread damage to lives and property – the importance of reaching out to the disability community was even more important.Just after the disaster, we deployed a disability and integration team, led by a disability integration specialist, whose goal was to capitalize on the...
Posted On: August 10, 2011

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