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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
Author: Elizabeth Harman
I am excited to announce the application period for the 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program is opens August 9 and lasts until Sept. 9, 2011.This means that fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations across the U.S. can apply for federal grant dollars to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public from fire and related hazards. There are a few exciting changes for 2011 I wanted to share: The program guidance is shorter, more user friendly, and highlights the funding priorities. This makes it easier to understand the...
Posted On: August 9, 2011
Author: Gwen Camp
Washington, DC, August 1, 2011 -- Leaders from a variety of African American communities participate in a roundtable discussion at the African American Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., August 1-2. The summit provided an opportunity for participants to discuss some of the biggest challenges emergency managers and responders face in traditionally underserved communities.At FEMA, we are always looking for ways that the emergency management team can work together to accomplish common objectives and better serve the whole community before, during and after a disaster. This week FEMA held the...
Posted On: August 4, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we mentioned earlier this week on this blog, as part of our efforts to better engage with the private sector, FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, and other partners are hosting a conference on Public Private Partnerships August 3-4.Yesterday, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke to the attendees and reiterated the private sector’s role as an important partner in strengthening the homeland security enterprise to better defend against evolving threats, including disasters. In fact, just recently DHS released a report regarding the progress DHS has made in implementing the...
Posted On: August 4, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
I’ve posted several blog articles about the importance of engaging the private sector in emergency management – and how members of the public and government agencies can benefit from better collaboration with businesses and non-governmental organizations. As part of this effort to better engage with the private sector, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, and other partners will be hosting a conference on Public Private Partnerships on August 3-4.I’d like to encourage you to participate in with the conference, even though the seats at the conference are filled. Here’s how you can get...
Posted On: August 2, 2011
Author: Glenn Gaines
As we often say at FEMA, getting neighborhoods prepared and making them a safer place is a team effort, at the federal, state, local, and community level. That’s why I’m proud the U.S. Fire Administration is working with the National Association of Town Watch to encourage fire and emergency medical service (EMS) personnel to partner with law enforcement and participate in the National Night Out.National Night Out is a program to promote neighborhood spirit and public safety-community partnerships, and over 15,000 communities are expected to host local events across the country.I wanted to...
Posted On: July 26, 2011

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