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Author: Public Affairs
Secretary Napolitano visited Joplin, Mo. yesterday, meeting with disaster survivors and touring the St. John’s medical facility that was severely damaged during the May 22 tornado. The entire emergency management team – federal, state, local governments; the private sector; voluntary, community, and faith-based groups; and especially the public – continue to support the recovery efforts in Joplin, as well as the other areas hit by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding this spring.For some more perspective on Secretary Napolitano’s visit, check out these stories from the Joplin Globe,...
Posted On: June 10, 2011
Author: Ray LaHood
Editor's Note: This was originally posted on June 9, 2011 on Fast Lane, the official blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.  The photos are from the FEMA photo library. The storms that hit Alabama on April 27 swept across the northern portion of the state in 42 counties, with tornadoes cutting huge paths as much as a mile wide.Tuesday, I toured the devastation in Alabama with U.S. Representatives Spencer Bachus and Terri Sewell, Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Alabama Department of Transportation Director John Cooper, and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.I must say, it’...
Posted On: June 9, 2011
Author: Michael Byrne
Pratt City, Ala., June 1, 2011 -- A homeowner does a final cleanup of his yard before the debris is removed. Operation Clean Sweep is helping residents rid their property of the storm debris.Sometimes debris is just debris. But in a disaster it can be a much-needed glimpse of humanity. My first experience with this was after September 11, 2001, where I was a deputy federal coordinating officer at Ground Zero. Facing an unbelievable amount of destruction and loss amongst the twisted steel and collapsed chaos of dust and debris, I would occasionally spot a piece of a desk, a handwritten note or...
Posted On: June 6, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
    Over the past couple of weeks we’ve worked with numerous partners to meet the needs of survivors of recent storms, tornados and flooding in various parts of the U.S. We wanted to take the time to offer a special “thank you” to the National Football Leagues Players’ Association for the work they have done in Joplin, Mo. following the destructive storms last month. Numerous NFL players have visited survivors of the storms and toured the damages throughout Joplin. They have also helped in getting the word out to register for assistance (like the video above).We are committed to...
Posted On: June 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families in central and western Massachusetts impacted by the tornadoes that swept through the Northeast last night. This morning, FEMA is joining the state in conducting assessments of areas of western and central Massachusetts affected by yesterday’s severe weather and tornadoes. In addition, a regional Incident Management Assistance Team is on the ground in Massachusetts to assist state response efforts, as needed.As we mentioned last night, we continue to closely monitoring the impact of the storm through our regional office in Boston, Mass., and...
Posted On: June 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Updated at 10:05pm EST: Massachusetts,, Updated at 8:50pm EST: At the request of the respective states, FEMA has liaison officers in place in Massachusetts and Vermont, and a liaison officer has been in contact with New Hampshire emergency management officials. These officials are working with state officials and are in place to help coordinate federal support, if needed. Through our regional office in Boston, we're closely monitoring the severe weather and tornado watches and warnings as they continue throughout...
Posted On: June 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We continue to support the affected states and the entire emergency management team in the ongoing recovery, from the severe storms in the Midwest to the heavy flooding along the Mississippi River.Throughout every step of the process, we continue to work with our partners to support those impacted by the recent disasters. Here are some of recent shots from our photo library that show the emergency management team in action:Joplin, Mo., May 29, 2011 -- FEMA personnel work inside a Mobile Emergency Response Support vehicle, equipped with video and telephone communications equipment. FEMA is...
Posted On: May 31, 2011
Author: W. Montague Winfield
Over the past month and a half, the Central U.S. has experienced a host of disasters – from the historic flooding along the Mississippi River to deadly tornadoes and severe storms that claimed hundreds of lives.I wanted to take a minute to provide an update on the ongoing recovery efforts in the Volunteer State and make sure that survivors have the information they need to register with FEMA for disaster assistance.I’m proud to say that since President Obama made federal disaster assistance available on May 1, Tennessee has been approved for more than $9 million in federal aid. These funds...
Posted On: May 31, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Hackleburg, AL, May 29, 2011 -- Secretary Napolitano and Congressman Aderholt meet with volunteers at the Hackelburg volunteer coordination center.Yesterday, as part of the Obama administration's ongoing commitment to assisting the long-term recovery efforts of communities affected by recent severe weather, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano surveyed the progress made in response and recovery efforts in the month following the storms and tornadoes that struck the Southeast region this spring.She was joined by Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Hackleburg Mayor Douglas Gunnin,...
Posted On: May 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor’s note: the blog post is cross-posted from the White House blog and updated May 30 with a video and photos.Today, President Obama traveled to Joplin, Missouri to meet with those in the community who lost so much in the tornados last week and participate in a Memorial Service at Missouri Southern University.Before the Memorial Service, President Obama visited one of the neighborhoods that was devastated by the tornadoes. After seeing the extensive tornado damage the President spoke to the people of Joplin and reminded them that they are not alone in this tragedy:The main thing I just...
Posted On: May 29, 2011


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