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Author: Michael Moore
FEMA continues to work closely with our federal and state partners to meet the needs of all those that have been impacted by the severe storms that moved through much of the Midwest and mid-Atlantic. In Ohio, the President signed an emergency disaster declaration that has authorized FEMA to provide much needed resources to support state and local response and recovery, including generators to support critical infrastructure such as shelters, as well as positioning water in staging areas near the impacted areas. While those resources are critical, the state of Ohio and others of the emergency...
Posted On: July 6, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
The Administration, through FEMA, remains committed to providing support to Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states affected by last week’s storms. FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center and regional offices in Chicago, Ill. and Philadelphia, Pa., have been in constant coordination with our federal partners as well as impacted states since the storms first struck on Friday, to make sure there are no unmet needs.The following timeline provides an overview of federal activities, to date, in support of the impacted states, families and communities.Thursday, July 5  At the request of the...
Posted On: July 5, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
The Administration, through FEMA, continues to provide support to Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states affected by last week’s storms.  Through FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center and Regional offices in Chicago, Ill. and Philadelphia, Pa., we have been in constant coordination with our federal partners as well as impacted states since the storms first struck on Friday, to make sure there are no unmet needs.  The following timeline provides an overview of federal activities, to date, in support of the impacted states, families and communities. Tuesday, July 3 U.S....
Posted On: July 3, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
As a result of Friday’s severe weather that struck many parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, President Obama issued emergency disaster declarations for all counties within the states of West Virginia and Ohio in response to requests from Ohio Governor John Kasich and West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities who suffered damage as a result of these severe storms and for those who are in areas without power. Please remember to check on your neighbors and stay in touch with friends and family who may be impacted by the...
Posted On: July 1, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been affected by the storms that struck many states last night, including parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. We’re continuing to monitor the storm’s aftermath and we’re working closely with all of the states that were affected. If you are in an area impacted by the storm last night, please continue to listen to local officials, and make sure you do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with a downed power line. When it’s safe to do so, report down...
Posted On: June 30, 2012
Author: Beth A. Freeman
Today’s Day of Unity, including the walk and other celebratory events, emphasizes the true human spirit and compassion within the people of the greater Joplin area. At the start of the walk, over 5,000 people from all sectors of the community, including faith-based and non-profit organizations, local, state and federal partners, gathered to recognize the work and significant recovery efforts accomplished by the communities of Joplin and Duquesne in just 365 days.At 20th Street, for example, as we passed the former Commerce Bank, my heart swelled as I looked behind me to see thousands of...
Posted On: May 22, 2012
Author: Michael Scott
Days after a string of unseasonal tornadoes thrashed southern Indiana, from Feb. 29 through March 3, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security began a robust disaster response campaign.The IDHS distributed its first of many recovery newsletters on March 5 for Indiana residents. The daily newsletter, “Rebuilding: A Guide for Disaster Survivors,” headlined information that included road closures and rebuilding permit policies. It also included a list and schedule of organizations available at the state’s “one-stop shop” mobile operation of recovery staff and services.Sellersburg, Ind., March...
Posted On: May 2, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
As we continue to monitor the aftermath of the storms, Administrator Fugate commented today:  "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who’ve lost loved ones in Oklahoma, and the survivors affected by these storms. FEMA's priority is to support local efforts to keep residents and communities safe, and we remain in close coordination with the affected states. We urge residents to monitor storm conditions, and follow the guidance of their local officials, both for the continuing severe weather threats as well as directions to avoid affected areas.” The importance of being prepared can...
Posted On: April 15, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
We’re continuing to monitor the severe weather in the midwest and southern states through our regional offices in Chicago, Ill., Denton, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo., and we’re closely coordinating with our federal partners at the National Weather Service.  As a result of yesterday’s tornado touchdown in Norman, Okla., we proactively deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team to the Oklahoma City state emergency operations center to support the state response efforts if they are needed. The National Weather Service is expecting a major tornado outbreak today in the Central and...
Posted On: April 14, 2012
Author: Beth A. Freeman
As plans take shape for enjoying the weekend ahead, I want to provide an update on the possibility of severe weather impacting our area today, Saturday afternoon and into the early morning hours of Sunday. FEMA is closely monitoring weather conditions that are likely to produce a strong storm system that is predicted to impact the plains and several Midwestern states.We can’t always anticipate when or where a disaster might strike. This severe weather threat should serve as a reminder to everyone to have a plan for what you and your family will do if there is a disaster, and prepare an...
Posted On: April 13, 2012

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