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Author: Lars Anderson
FEMA is preparing and coordinating with our partners for Tropical Storm Karen and the severe weather threat for the Central U.S. We’re encouraging those in the Gulf Coast and Central U.S. states to take time to make sure they’re getting prepared.  Here are some steps you can take today to prepare for any severe weather threat, including tropical storms, damaging winds, and severe thunderstorms:Finish reviewing your family’s emergency plan (include your kids, too).  Plan for scenarios such as how you’d stay in touch during a storm, where you could meet up in the event of an emergency...
Posted On: October 4, 2013
Author: Thomas McCool
A bridge is one of those things that can so easily be taken for granted. Even one that we may rely on to cut our day-to-day work commute in half, or allows us more frequent trips to the grocery store, after a while, can seem like an assumed part of life. But when these critical conduits are lost, as was the case when Hurricane Irene devastated parts of Forkston, a township near the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, the significance of these vital crossings is more fully realized.          Recovery from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee is...
Posted On: December 27, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
We know some residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy are experiencing long lines at gas stations and some states are facing fuel shortages.  At FEMA, and across the federal government, we recognize this problem and we are taking immediate steps to address this in three primary ways.First, we are working to increase fuel supply so that resources are getting to impacted areas.  Hurricane Sandy disrupted the normal flow of fuel by preventing ships from entering vital ports in the Northeast and creating navigation hazards.           ...
Posted On: November 2, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
(The views expressed in the CNN story do not necessarily represent the official views of the United States, the Department of Homeland Security, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA does not endorse any non-government organizations, entities, or services.)With the great amount of devastation Sandy has brought upon states along the East Coast, I wanted to take a moment to share an article on CNN.com from Hurricane Katrina and Joplin survivors who felt the way many disaster survivors may feel at this point in time. Three days after Sandy’s landfall, millions of people remain without...
Posted On: November 1, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. While the worst of the weather is beyond some areas on the East Coast, Sandy remains a very large storm system that continues to pose life-threatening hazards for coastal and inland areas including high winds, heavy rains, dangerous storm surge and flash flooding, and snow and cold weather hazards in some areas.Some important safety reminders if you’re in an area that has been, or is still being, impacted by this storm:Continue to listen to your local officials – If you evacuated and are returning home,...
Posted On: October 30, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
We are closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy and continue to prepare to support potentially affected state and tribal governments.  Forecasts from the National Hurricane Center show a large area may be impacted by high winds, heavy rains, storm surge, and snow.  These hazardous conditions may be compounded by the likelihood of widespread power outages.  If you or someone you know may be impacted by Hurricane Sandy, here are a few things to do today and tomorrow to get ready:Get some extra cash out at the ATM today. If the power goes out, banks/ATMs may be offline for some time....
Posted On: October 27, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Through our regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, we continue to closely monitor Hurricane Sandy as it moves north in the Atlantic Ocean. We remain in close coordination with state and tribal emergency management partners in Florida and the potentially affected southeast, Mid-Atlantic and New England states. Administrator Craig Fugate provided some important reminders earlier today."As Hurricane Sandy proceeds closer toward southeast Florida, residents should listen to local officials for updates and follow their instructions. As the storm moves northward, it...
Posted On: October 25, 2012
Author: Meddie Brown
If anyone questions the value of smartphone devices, point them to Hurricane Isaac survivors. The disaster has helped us learn how survivors request and access assistance online during times of need. Fortunately, FEMA’s efforts prior to the storm, to put digital preparedness, response and recovery resources in the palms of peoples’ hands, have proven to be invaluable.From August 31 to September 9, a record number of disaster survivors—primarily from Hurricane Isaac—used DisasterAssistance.gov to apply for assistance, update their information, and check the status of their application online....
Posted On: September 11, 2012
Author: Craig Fugate
It’s been three weeks since Tropical Depression #9 became “Isaac” in the central Atlantic.  Over that time, we saw a slowly growing and changing storm and a closely coordinated emergency management team that was ready to respond to it. The team included local, state, tribal and federal government, the private sector, faith-based organizations and volunteer agencies– and FEMA was proud to be part of it.I traveled across the Gulf Coast, before, during and after the storm, and witnessed years of advanced planning become a smart response. Investments in mitigation paid off, preventing the...
Posted On: September 11, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
(August 30 - FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate surveys flooding in Madisonville, La. with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. (Photo courtesy of Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness)Earlier today, the President held a call with a number of Parish Presidents, Mayors, and County Leaders from Louisiana and Mississippi let them know that they and their communities were in his thoughts and prayers and make clear that he had directed FEMA to continue to make all resources available. The President plans to visit Louisiana on Monday to meet with local officials and...
Posted On: August 31, 2012

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