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Author: Public Affairs
Tropical storm Irene continues to affect much of the East Coast, bringing significant rainfall and potential flooding/flash flooding to the affected areas. We encourage all those in communities that have been or may be impacted to follow the direction of local officials and take shelter inside during the storm.As Irene continues through the East Coast, stay tuned to the radio and television for information, and remember that flash flooding can occur at a moment’s notice. Here are some additional flood safety tips in case your community, or that of a friend/loved one, may be affected by the...
Posted On: August 28, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
We continue to take proactive steps to support our state, local and tribal partners in their preparations and response to Irene. In addition to working with our partners across the emergency management team, Administrator Fugate has been making the rounds on national media outlets to make sure citizens along the East Coast are following the direction of local officials and getting tips on staying safe.He emphasized that individuals should not underestimate Irene’s impact, as flooding, weak/damaged trees and downed power lines are potential hazards after the storm. (More tips on staying safe...
Posted On: August 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have been impacted by Irene, as we continue to closely monitor the storm as it makes landfall in New York and New England. Along with the entire federal family, we’re continuing to lean forward to support our tribal, state and territorial partners as Hurricane Irene continues north along the eastern seaboard, having already affected Puerto Rico and several East Coast states.Even though Irene is now a tropical storm, it is critical that residents and businesses continue to listen to the instructions of their local officials and closely follow news...
Posted On: August 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We remain 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. Through our regional offices in Boston, Mass., Philadelphia, Penn., New York City, N.Y., 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 has declared a major disaster...
Posted On: August 28, 2011
Author: John Diamantes
In anticipation of Hurricane Irene, FEMA deployed the Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1), Fairfax County’s urban search and rescue team to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. You may remember the VATF-1 from earlier this year; we deployed to Japan in response to the devastating earthquake in March of 2011 (under the direction of the Department of State). Our team is currently staged in Fayetteville and prepared to be mobilized as Hurricane Irene continues its path.While waiting for orders, the task force, made up of a 77 member team and four search canines, is currently undergoing classroom-type training...
Posted On: August 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As Hurricane Irene makes its way up the East Coast, millions may be affected by high winds, heavy rains, and potential power outages. During or after a disaster, voice calling networks may become overwhelmed, so placing a call on your cell phone may be difficult.As we’ve said many times on this blog, make sure family members have multiple ways to get in touch with each other as part of your emergency plan. So here are a few tips, including some from the Federal Communications Commission, to remember when trying to contact friends and family during or after Irene comes through your area:...
Posted On: August 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's note: This post was updated at 8 p.m. EDT, August 27.The administration, coordinated through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the territories that have already been affected by Hurricane Irene and the states that are preparing for Hurricane Irene.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 territories that have been affected, and states that may be impacted.Over the past several...
Posted On: August 27, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
As I’ve been saying in several video updates this week, the entire emergency management team is busy preparing for and responding to Hurricane Irene. As part of our efforts, we’re working closely with voluntary and faith-based organizations, especially those part of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (National VOAD).This important partnership is vital in helping communities and individuals prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters – because these organizations act as invaluable links to the communities they regularly serve. National VOAD is the forum where...
Posted On: August 26, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Fayetteville, NC, August 26, 2011 -- FEMA Logistics Specialist Richard Page verifies transponder numbers, truck numbers and contents of each tractor trailer entering the Incident Support Base in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. FEMA is staging equipment and emergency supplies in multiple locations to support state response and recovery efforts in anticipation of Hurricane Irene impacting the East Coast. Through our regional offices in Boston, Mass., Philadelphia, Penn., New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the...
Posted On: August 26, 2011
Author: Doug Hoell
Editor’s note: We continue to work closely with several of our state, local and tribal partners as they respond to and prepare for Hurricane Irene. Here’s a guest blog from Doug Hoell, Director of North Carolina Emergency Management, on the work being done in North Carolina.As Hurricane Irene approaches our state, the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management has been working to prepare for and respond to this event, getting people and supplies where they need to be to create the best chance for a successful response.Fayetteville, NC, August 26, 2011 -- FEMA Logistics Specialist...
Posted On: August 26, 2011

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