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Author: David Kaufman
I’ve done several blog posts about our Strategic Foresight Initiative, which looks to the future and the potential factors that may affect emergency managers. As part of the Initiative, we’ve identified nine drivers that will play a role in the future of emergency management – and in this post I wanted to examine how emergency managers should begin to consider how they will be affected by continuing global interdependence, potential climate change, and the changing role of the individual.Global InterdependenceFrom the 2010 eruption of a volcano in Iceland (affecting international travel) to...
Posted On: September 22, 2011
Author: Marcie Roth
I’ve blogged before about the strides the emergency management team is taking to include every member of the community in their plans before a disaster strikes. And I’ve even talked about the steps FEMA took before, during and after Hurricane Irene to meet the needs of the whole community.This past week, FEMA hosted leaders from emergency management, the disability community, voluntary and faith-based organizations, and the private sector at our “Getting Real Conference” to continue building on that positive momentum, sharing best practices and mapping out a way forward towards disability...
Posted On: September 19, 2011
Author: Dr. Todd Jones
In May 2011, as tornado sirens sounded, hospital workers at St. John's Regional Medical Center rushed to pull 183 patients to safety as one of the largest tornadoes on record bared down on their southwestern Missouri city. Breaking glass and the roar of the powerful storm deafened the dark hospital as power was lost.Dennis Manley, the hospital's director of quality and risk management, played a critical role as the hospital's incident commander following the deadly tornado. Guiding his hospital through a chaotic disaster was challenging but not completely unfamiliar territory thanks to...
Posted On: September 14, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Yesterday, on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, millions around the world remembered those that were killed, their families, the first responders and members of the military who valiantly serve America every day. Our own Deputy Administrator Rich Serino went back to his hometown of Boston, Mass. to attend a memorial service with Secretary Napolitano, where hundreds gathered at the Massachusetts State House as the names were read aloud of the 206 Massachusetts residents that were killed on that day.And as part of the Day of Remembrance and Service, Deputy...
Posted On: September 12, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Earlier this summer, Secretary Napolitano launched Faces of Homeland Security: Heroes on the Front Lines to tell the stories of some of the inspiring DHS employees who have gone above and beyond to prevent terrorism, secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.Since then, more stories have been added, including two FEMA employees: Fred Endrikat, Branch Chief, Urban Search and Rescue, who works with federal search and rescue components to strengthen response to emergencies and disasters, and helps establish...
Posted On: September 9, 2011
Author: Tim Manning
We are pleased to announce the release of the National Incident Management System Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel. These guidelines offer an outline for processes to provide uniform credentials to authorized personnel who respond to and access specific disaster scenes.We worked closely with our state, tribal, and local government partners and representatives from the private sector, including volunteer and nonprofit organizations, in developing this guideline to ensure: The credentialing of emergency response providers enables responders to spend less time processing personnel...
Posted On: September 6, 2011
Author: Marcie Roth
Here at FEMA we emphasize the importance of including the whole community in disaster planning, response and recovery. This goes beyond engaging our counterparts at the federal, state, local and tribal levels – it also means including those groups who have traditionally been overlooked or labeled as “too difficult” to include in our emergency plans.As Administrator Fugate says, emergency managers need to plan for the real, diverse makeup of our communities - and not just the easy scenarios. Here are a few highlights of our efforts to meet the needs of the whole community related to Hurricane...
Posted On: September 2, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
This year has shown us that disasters can strike anywhere, and can often come unexpectedly. This year alone, we’ve seen historic flooding along many rivers, deadly tornadoes in several states, a hurricane hit the East Coast (including New England), and recently, even an earthquake in Virginia. So as we kick off National Preparedness Month, I have an important question for you – are you ready? In the past few weeks, I’ve been doing media interviews, telling folks what FEMA’s doing and stressing the importance of getting your family prepared for an emergency. And this morning, I kicked off...
Posted On: September 1, 2011
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: 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

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