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Author: Michael Widomski
Published by: Michael Widomski, Deputy Director, Public Affairs Today, the Senate unanimously confirmed Ernest (Ernie) Mitchell Jr. as the Administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).After the vote, Administrator Fugate praised the action:  With decades of experience fighting fires and leading fire service organizations, Chief Mitchell will be a great addition to our team at FEMA and a tremendous asset to firefighters and first responders around the country.As with our other senior leaders at FEMA, he comes from a state and local background, which means he understands the kind...
Posted On: November 18, 2011
Author: Richard Serino
Posted by: Richard Serino, Deputy AdministratorIn the two years that I have been with FEMA, I have had the opportunity to speak with many survivors and emergency managers from all over the country. During these conversations, I often heard innovative ideas about how to address some of the challenges we face in emergency management.Craig and I realize that you are on the front lines, you know the problems, and, more importantly, you know the solutions to these problems. I know that many of you have creative ideas how we can improve the way we do business. We want to continue to hear your...
Posted On: November 14, 2011
Author: Michael Widomski
Posted by: Michael Widomski, Deputy Director, Public AffairsI wanted to share with you a short video Administrator Fugate recorded to show his appreciation of our nation’s veterans: At FEMA we are fortunate to have veterans from all five branches of our nation’s military working at headquarters, in our regional offices and on the ground. We appreciate all that they have done by serving in the armed forces and all that they continue to do with their public service here at FEMA. They bring extensive experience and expertise to every phase of the disaster cycle – preparedness, response,...
Posted On: November 11, 2011
Author: Gwen Camp
Posted by:Camp Gwen, Director, Intergovernmental AffairsNovember is nationally recognized as Native American Heritage Month. Here’s a brief message from Administrator Fugate about the importance of engaging tribal leaders and nations in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery: As we focus on engaging the entire community in building better prepared and more resilient communities, FEMA is committed to working with American Indians and Alaska Natives, elders and other tribal leaders on how we can best support them.For more on how tribal leaders, members and nations can get prepared...
Posted On: November 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Minot, ND, October 13, 2011 -- David Myers (left), Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan, at a flood-damaged home. Myers and Finegan were in Minot meeting with faith-based groups and surveying the damage caused by June's Souris River flooding. Robin Finegan, Administrator, FEMA Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) and David Myers, Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships were in Minot recently and wanted to provide their perspective on the...
Posted On: October 28, 2011
Author: Gwen Camp
Washington, DC, September 15, 2011 -- Roberto E. Canino (standing, right), International Ambassador to Latin America & the Caribbean for League of United Latin American Citizens addresses Administrator Fugate and summit participants.Earlier this month in Washington we hosted the second annual FEMA Latino Leadership Summit. The summit brought top Latino leaders from around the country together with FEMA officials to talk about how we can build stronger partnerships and create more resilient, better prepared communities nationwide. Leaders from government, private sector, academia and faith...
Posted On: September 30, 2011
Author: Janet Napolitano
Editor's Note: This was originally posted on the The Blog @ Homeland Security of the Department of Homeland Security on September 22.Today I visited Joplin, Mo. with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino, to survey the progress of recovery efforts on the ground. When I last visited Joplin in June, I told our team of federal, state, local and community partners that we would not leave until the job was finished and today, three months later, we remain committed to helping the people of Missouri rebuild.Joplin, MO, September 22, 2011 -- Education Secretary...
Posted On: September 22, 2011
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


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