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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Dan Stoneking
Joplin, MO, August 22, 2011 -- Walgreen on 20th Street and Range Line re-opens after it was destroyed by the EF-5 tornado on May 22, 2011. Walls and a roof on the building only took nine days to build. FEMA is in the city to provide assistance to the disaster survivors.On August 22, three months following the devastating tornado, I visited Joplin, Missouri. I wanted to see first-hand how the public and private sector were working hand-in-hand in recovery, bringing their community back – stronger and better than before. While touring the area, I met some amazing business owners and managers...
Posted On: August 26, 2011
Author: Gwen Camp
On Friday, I had the opportunity to visit the Delaware Emergency Operations Center in Smyrna, Del. with Administrator Fugate. Jamie Turner, the Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, hosted us as we toured their facilities and talked about ways we can work together to prepare across the First State and nationally. FEMA is committed to supporting states, tribes and territories and we’re grateful to Jamie and his team for hosting us last week.Here's a video of Administrator Fugate from our visit to the Delaware EOC, emphasizing the importance of the emergency management team:
Posted On: August 16, 2011
Author: Ken Murphy
Today, the U.S. and Canada signed a partnership agreement to adapt FEMA’s hazard assessment software technology for use in Canada and elsewhere outside the United States. Hazus or “Hazards U.S.” is a risk assessment software tool for emergency management professionals that combines science, engineering, and geospatial information technology to estimate potential loss of life and property damage from disasters and natural hazards.The agreement follows increased cooperative efforts between representatives of FEMA and Natural Resources Canada to better assess common natural hazards of the two...
Posted On: August 15, 2011
Author: Terry Quarles
When emergency managers and the disability community work closely together, it can help assistance reach a greater number of survivors, and change outcomes for individuals and communities after a disaster. After a series of storms and tornadoes that hit Mississippi in April and record-setting floods in May that brought widespread damage to lives and property – the importance of reaching out to the disability community was even more important.Just after the disaster, we deployed a disability and integration team, led by a disability integration specialist, whose goal was to capitalize on the...
Posted On: August 10, 2011

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