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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
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


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