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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
Author: Carole Cameron
Deputy Administrator Richard Serino shakes hands with Vladimir Puchkov, state secretary and deputy minister, EMERCOM of Russia, after signing the Meeting Protocol and 2011-2013 Work Plan. In the background, Alexey Avdeev, section head, International Cooperation Department, EMERCON of Russia, looks on. As you hear us say frequently, FEMA is just part of the team, a team that includes many other partners, from states and local governments to tribal governments and organizations, to the private sector and voluntary groups. But there is another part of this team that people may...
Posted On: July 20, 2011
Author: Gwen Camp
A few weeks back, I wrote about Walter Maddox, Mayor of Tuscaloosa, Ala., when he was featured in a New York Times story talking about his thoughts just after the devastating tornado struck his town.  In this video, the Mayor spends a few minutes with us discussing how training contributed to a more coordinated response at the local level by following Incident Command (IC) principles. Here’s one particular quote from the Mayor that shows the value of training: If we wouldn’t have gone through this training, it would have been a disjointed effort…we would have had [the police...
Posted On: June 20, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We’ve featured many posts on this blog about FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, our one-of-a-kind facility that offers civilians and other members of the emergency management team specialized training in dealing with and responding to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive weapons. We have heard from the Mayor of Pacific, Washington, who recently completed a training course and gained a better understanding of the challenges his first responders face and about a New York City police officer whose CDP training helped him think quickly and save lives while thwarting the...
Posted On: June 17, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Today, we are welcoming 16 new members to the National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC advises Administrator Craig Fugate on all aspects of emergency management. The new members highlight our continued desire to have a council that represents a cross section of all members of the emergency management team.The NAC is comprised of state, tribal and local governments, private sector, and non-governmental partners who advise and provide recommendations to the FEMA Administrator on the National Preparedness System, National Incident Management System, National Response Framework, FEMA grants...
Posted On: June 16, 2011

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