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Author: Alexandra Kirin
Severe weather is expected to continue from the Deep South to the Mid-Atlantic through Friday, and FEMA stands ready to support impacted states if requested. Through our regional offices in Kansas City, Mo., Chicago, Ill., and Atlanta, Ga., we’ve been in touch with state and local officials, and we continue to coordinate closely with our federal partners at the National Weather Service, and are tracking ongoing weather threats.Below is a summary of actions by the emergency response community and FEMA: Governors in the following states have declared states of emergency to make available...
Posted On: March 1, 2012
Author: Alexandra Kirin
Updated: 1:30 PM, February 29 We continue to closely monitor weather conditions and are in close contact with the National Weather Service following the severe storms that occurred last night and into this morning through parts of the Midwest. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and those whose lives have been affected by these storms.Through our regional offices in Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago, Ill., we have been in close touch with state and local officials and we continue to monitor weather conditions across the Midwest states. State emergency management...
Posted On: February 29, 2012
Author: Joe Girot
I’m back in Alabama again, leading FEMA’s response to another set of tornadoes that hit Alabama Jan. 22-23. Every disaster is equally important, because each disaster is such a tragedy for each survivor. For me, knowing we can help even one disaster survivor makes the work worthwhile and makes me glad to be able to help the people of Alabama who have been affected by these storms. Trussville, Ala., Feb. 5, 2012 -- Damage in the city of Trussville during the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that damaged or destroyed parts of Alabama during the period of January 22-...
Posted On: February 9, 2012
Author: Phil May, Art Faulkner
The Alabama town of Maplesville has a success story on its hands – one big enough to draw a visit from the governor.Following Hurricane Ivan in 2005, Maplesville decided to build a community storm shelter because of its long history of storms. The town joined up with the Chilton County Emergency Management Agency and the Chilton County Commission and worked on a 5-year plan that ended with Maplesville receiving a storm shelter.FEMA and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency helped the town fund it with Hazard Mitigation Grant Program money. The 2005 grant provided just more than $48,000 of...
Posted On: January 30, 2012
Author: William Carwile, III
Last week I was able to pay a second visit to our Joint Field Office in Joplin, Missouri. My first trip to Joplin was back in July, about five weeks after the devastating EF-5 tornado struck the city. I spent much of my youth south of Joplin in Tulsa, Oklahoma, so I am no stranger to the effects of tornadoes. Despite this experience, I was struck by the destruction Joplin suffered from the May tornado. Fatalities numbered 161, hundreds were injured, and more than 7,500 structures were damaged and another 4,000 completely destroyed. About one-third of the city of 45,000 was totally flattened....
Posted On: January 26, 2012
Author: Tim Manning
Editor's Note: Updated at 3:25pm. The National Weather Service has issued tornado watches and warnings in several parts of the Southeast. People living in parts of the Mississippi Valley, Lower Ohio Valley and Tennessee Valley have been experiencing tornadoes, widespread damaging winds and hail since last night and conditions are forecast to continue today.FEMA, through our regional offices in Atlanta, Ga., and Denton, Texas, is closely monitoring the weather situation, including tornadoes, affecting parts of the Southeast, and has been in touch with state and local officials. We’re also in...
Posted On: January 23, 2012
Published by: Public Affairs Yesterday a string of severe storms and tornadoes developed in many parts of the southeast, and as of this morning, several tornado watches and severe storm watches and warnings remain in effect for numerous locations. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities that lost loved ones or suffered damage as a result of these storms and we encourage residents to continue to monitor weather conditions closely and to follow the direction provided by their local officials. If a tornado watch or warning is issued in your area, stay indoors until the...
Posted On: November 17, 2011
Author: Jeff Byard
Six months after one of Alabama’s deadliest tornado outbreaks, you can’t help but reflect on what you were doing when you learned of the magnitude of the April 27th storms and what those first images and sounds were like as people described the storms’ impact on their lives. As the State Coordinating Officer for Alabama Emergency Management Agency, my mission was meeting the immediate needs of the survivors, ensuring they had a place to shelter, something to eat and staff available to answer their questions as they made future plans regarding their recovery.In the midst of sheer devastation,...
Posted On: October 20, 2011
Author: Don Boyce
Even as the leaves change color in New England, many communities across the region are still working hard, recovering from the damage from this past season’s destructive weather.At FEMA, we continue to work closely with our state and local partners that are still recovering from the tornadoes that swept through the Connecticut River Valley and the aftermath of tropical storm Irene. Both events affected homes, businesses and communities in all six states in the region. We continue to support individuals and communities affected by these disasters, and the recovery has come a long way, as this...
Posted On: October 17, 2011
Author: Joe Girot
When disaster strikes, it’s the first responders right there in your local community who make the difference in effective disaster response – the firefighters, medics, utility workers, the faith and community-based groups, the crisis counselors and search and rescue teams. And these are just some of the people who serve during emergencies or disasters.But, could you play a key role in your community during a disaster?Folks all over Alabama asked themselves that question as communities across the state held “Be Ready” events throughout September, recognized as National Preparedness Month.There...
Posted On: October 6, 2011


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