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Author: MaryAnn Tierney
Richmond, VA, August 30, 2011 -- Department of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano (right) talks with Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell as they enter the Virginia Emergency Operations Center. Secretary Napolitano visited Virginia to meet with state and local officials and survey damages after Irene.Yesterday, we teamed up with our partners in the Commonwealth of Virginia to welcome Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Governor Bob McDonnell, U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones to the Virginia State Emergency...
Posted On: August 31, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The administration, coordinated through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the states and territories that have been affected by Hurricane Irene.FEMA, through our regional offices in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the states and territories that have been affected. Over the past several days, President Obama has declared a major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and emergency declarations...
Posted On: August 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
To help manage the generous outpouring of support for those individuals and communities affected by Irene, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether you’re looking to volunteer or send donations.Along with our partners at the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, here are reminders when helping those impacted by Irene:  Donate through a trusted organization – At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. In addition to the...
Posted On: August 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Even though Tropical Storm Irene has dissipated, the inland flooding that it has left in its wake still poses a very real and immediate threat. There are many areas where inland flooding may yet occur or worsen, don’t put yourself at risk; follow the instructions of local officials. In some areas rivers have not crested yet. Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack will visit North Carolina, while Administrator Fugate will go to Vermont to meet with state and local officials and survey damages of the ongoing effects from Irene.Yesterday,...
Posted On: August 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The administration, coordinated through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the states and territories that have already been affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene and the states that are preparing for the storm. FEMA, through our regional offices in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the states and territories that have been affected, and states that will be impacted.Over the past several days, President Obama...
Posted On: August 29, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
Throughout the past week, I’ve been encouraged – yet again – by the increasing collaboration between the private sector and the emergency management community. As the government at all levels prepared for an impending hurricane aimed at the entire East Coast, the private sector has been preparing right alongside us to help minimize possible impacts and line up coordinated response and recovery efforts.Starting back on Monday, August 22, retailers began providing the emergency management community with operational updates and important information regarding what preparations were being made...
Posted On: August 29, 2011
Author: Colleen Curtis
Editor's note: This was originally posted by Colleen Curtis on the White House blog at 8:35 p.m. EDT, August 28.With Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate at his side, President Obama today gave the American people a brief update on the ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Irene, the deadly storm that devastated swaths of the East Coast this weekend. The President also expressed concern for those who were impacted:Our thoughts and prayers are with those who’ve lost loved ones and those whose lives have been affected by the storm. You need to...
Posted On: August 29, 2011
Author: MaryAnn Tierney
Philadelphia, PA, August 27, 2011 -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (right) & Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (second from right) receive a briefing from Regional Response Coordination Center manager John McGowan prior to the onset of hurricane Irene.On Saturday, we had the pleasure of hosting Congressman Chaka Fattah and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to the Regional Response Coordination Center in Philadelphia, Penn. I first called Congressman Fattah to thank him for his support during preparations for Irene, and the call ended in an invitation for both gentlemen to take a tour of the...
Posted On: August 29, 2011
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Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on August 26, 2011 by Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy. She talks about the Department of Energy’s role in supporting state and local response and recovery efforts after disasters, such as Hurricane Irene, affect energy infrastructure. The Energy Department is closely monitoring Hurricane Irene as it travels up the U.S. coast. Upon declared emergencies, the Energy Department serves as the energy focal point for response and restoration efforts, monitoring energy infrastructure and coordinating response across the federal...
Posted On: August 29, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
While many are saying the U.S. “dodged a bullet” with Irene, Administrator Fugate gives a reminder that Irene is still a threat – especially because of heavy rains and the potential for widespread flooding:  Get prepared for floods at Ready.gov, and please continue to follow the direction of local officials if your area is being affected by Irene. For other flood safety tips, check out our blog post from earlier today.
Posted On: August 28, 2011

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