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Author: Eric Smith
Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 24, 2012 -- These forklift operators are loading meals onto a truck at the Atlanta Distribution Center to be shipped closer to areas that may be impacted by Tropical Storm Isaac. FEMA moves commodities and equipment before the storm arrives to ensure quick delivery after the storm has passed.As Isaac evolved into a threat to the U.S., FEMA proactively began to deploy initial response resources and teams of people to areas throughout the Gulf region and inland areas that could be potentially impacted by this storm. Local first responders and local and state governments...
Posted On: August 31, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
(August 30 -- DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano (head of the table) participates on the daily FEMA meeting regarding Hurricane Isaac response. Seated around the table are numerous agencies and departments of the federal government, who are closely coordinating response and recovery efforts.)Despite Isaac being downgraded to a tropical depression earlier today, the threat of heavy rains and flooding remains in many areas.  At the direction of President Barack Obama we continue to coordinate the federal government's response and recovery efforts.  Today, Secretary of Homeland Security...
Posted On: August 30, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
(Mobile, Ala., Aug. 29, 2012 - Lt. Audie Andry, Lt. Cmdr. Rob Donnel and Lt. Matthew Hunt, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilots from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., look over charts before flying into hurricane affected areas after being pre-staged in Houston on Aug. 28, 2012.)We continue to work closely with our federal, state, local and tribal partners as Isaac impacts portions of the Gulf Coast. As we mentioned in our blog post earlier today that included safety tips, flooding and power outages remain significant threats from Isaac, even though it was recently downgraded to a tropical...
Posted On: August 29, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
(Baton Rouge, La., Aug. 29, 2012 -- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal leads the Louisiana Unified Coordination meeting in response to Hurricane Isaac. To his right is FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, who was on the ground in Louisiana to meet with state and local officials as Isaac moved through the area.)As we continue to monitor the effects of Hurricane Isaac, we remain in close contact with state emergency management partners in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana as we continue to work with federal, state, local and tribal officials in providing assistance in response to the storm...
Posted On: August 29, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
(For the latest Isaac update, visit the Hurricanes category on the blog.)At the direction of President Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating the federal government's support and preparations in states potentially affected by Tropical Storm Isaac. Earlier today, the President was briefed by FEMA Administrator Fugate and National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb on preparations for the storm, and the expected track. Following the briefing, the President convened a call with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Mississippi...
Posted On: August 27, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
(Update below was posted at 6:30 p.m. EDT, Monday, August 27. Find the latest Isaac update at the Hurricanes category on the blog.)This evening, President Obama signed an emergency declaration for Louisiana, making federal assistance available to assist state and local governments with the preparation and response efforts to the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac. The President’s action authorizes FEMA to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Assistance has been made available to save lives and...
Posted On: August 27, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
On July 3, 2012, President Obama declared a major disaster in the state of Florida, making federal disaster assistance available in many counties for those affected by Tropical Storm Debby.  Among the many FEMA staff who deployed to support our state and local partners’ response and recovery efforts was Marlene Phillips. Marlene’s day-to-day job is serving at FEMA headquarters as a Public Affairs Specialist, whose primary responsibility does not include regular deployments to the field.The account below is from Marlene’s experience working as a Community Relations Specialist in the areas...
Posted On: August 2, 2012
Author: Gracia Szczech
It’s been a month since Tropical Storm Debby severely impacted Florida and flooded a large part of the state, leaving thousands of Floridians in need of assistance.  Our team – consisting of partners from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, FEMA and voluntary agencies – has been working to serve the people of Florida.Currently, we are full-speed ahead into the recovery phase of our operation.  As of today, 22 counties have been approved for assistance to individuals and households, while 30 counties have been approved for public assistance, and we are continuing efforts of...
Posted On: July 25, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Posted by: Lars Anderson, Director, Public AffairsWe’re continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Debby as it continues to create dangerous conditions along much of the Gulf Coast. According to the National Hurricane Center’s forecast at 5 p.m. Eastern time today, Debby is expected to bring large amounts of rain to affected areas – especially northern and central Florida, southeast Georgia, and coastal South Carolina. In some areas, over 15 inches of rain is expected this week. June 25 - National Hurricane Center projected rain totals for the next three days. Image originally inserted as...
Posted On: June 25, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
We’re closely watching Tropical Storm Debby as she continues to make predicting her path difficult due to conflicting forecast models based on computer simulations.  With their latest forecast, officials have indicated that this is a very difficult and highly uncertain forecast.  Because of this uncertainty, we are urging residents all along the Gulf to be focusing on their preparedness efforts. The Administration, through FEMA and our federal, state and local partners is closely monitoring the storm and its potential impacts.  We remain in close contact with emergency...
Posted On: June 24, 2012

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