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Author: Public Affairs
One of the most unsettling aspects after a disaster is establishing contact with family, friends, and loved ones to let them know your whereabouts. In addition, loved ones in other areas are often anxious to hear from those in the affected area to know they are OK. Since the deadly tornadoes struck in the southeast last week, we’ve been encouraging survivors to visit the Red Cross Safe and Well site to connect disaster survivors with their families. Birmingham, AL, May 1, 2011 -- A Red Cross Disaster Relief truck provides meals to residents and workers at the Pratt City deadly April tornado...
Posted On: May 6, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms. At the request of the respective governors, FEMA currently has teams on the ground in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as strategically pre-positioned commodities in the region to support the states. Today, Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne; Justo Hernandez, FEMA Deputy Coordinating Officer for Housing...
Posted On: May 5, 2011
Author: Eric Smith
We have written a lot on this blog about what individuals can do to prepare for a disaster, and how we are working with the entire emergency management team to get the word out about the importance of preparedness, but we wanted to take a second and shed more light on the steps we and our state partners take to move needed emergency supplies to reach disaster survivors.It's our job to be ready at all times to support our state and local counterparts when disaster strikes, and the way we get supplies to affected individuals and communities follows this same goal. At all times, FEMA has...
Posted On: May 5, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
A week ago, states and communities across the southern U.S. were affected by a series of deadly tornadoes. Tragically, many lost friends and loved ones, while even more lost their homes, possessions, and peace of mind. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected the storms and tornadoes as we support our state and local counterparts in the ongoing response efforts. A lot has been said and done since the tornadoes struck, and we wanted to provide a quick recap of the ongoing federal support, while looking back at our blog posts from the week. We continue to encourage...
Posted On: May 5, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.At the request of the respective governors, FEMA currently has personnel on the ground in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and commodities strategically pre-positioned in the region to support the states. Today,  Veterans Administration Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Robert A. Petzel and William C. Schoenhard,...
Posted On: May 4, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
The title says it all.  Disaster survivors can now search for disaster recovery centers on our mobile site (m.fema.gov).  This latest feature is part of our commitment to deliver information to the public in a timely and efficient way.  After a disaster, we want to make it as easy as possible for disaster survivors to get the information that they need.If you’re not familiar with disaster recovery centers, they are staffed by state, voluntary agency and federal personnel who meet one-on-one with disaster survivors to explain assistance programs.  As we respond and support...
Posted On: May 4, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We wanted to highlight some of the photos from the last few days of the ongoing response and recovery efforts to the southern U.S. tornadoes.   To view all of our latest photos, visit our photo library.Tuscaloosa, Ala., May 3, 2011 -- Workers begin removal and salvage of what remains of the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Operations Center. The EOC was destroyed as a result of the April 27 tornado, and a temporary center has been set up at the Alabama Fire College with help from the FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support to provide communications.Garner, N.C., May 2, 2011 -- Mike Bolch, FEMA...
Posted On: May 4, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.At the request of the respective governors, we currently has personnel on the ground in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and commodities strategically pre-positioned in the region to support the states.Recap for Tuesday, May 3: Thirteen disaster recovery centers are open.  These are staffed by state, voluntary...
Posted On: May 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
After disaster strikes, many businesses, voluntary, faith-based, and community-based organizations, government agencies and committed citizens come together to try and meet the needs of the affected individuals and communities.  Unfortunately, disasters often bring out criminals who prey on the needs of disaster survivors by offering fraudulent services.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.To help you spot...
Posted On: May 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we often say, it takes the hard work of the entire emergency management team to help disaster survivors get back on their feet as soon as possible.  Since the deadly tornadoes and storms struck the southern U.S. last week, we’ve been working to support our state and local counterparts, and getting the word out that individuals in eligible counties should apply for disaster assistance.A story in today’s Washington Post highlighted our Community Relations teams, who go door to door to share information on how individuals and businesses owners can apply for assistance, and what the...
Posted On: May 3, 2011

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