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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
Author: Dr. Kevin Yeskey
The kick off of the hurricane season in June serves as a reminder that any type of disaster can affect the health of individuals and entire communities. I wanted to share a new resource for state and local emergency managers and public health officials who send cell phone text alerts to the public after a disaster - a toolkit of texts with expert-approved recommended actions that people can take to protect their health.The text messages from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are 115 characters or fewer (including spaces), and are designed so that emergency managers can modify...
Posted On: June 10, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
Many of my fellow bloggers emphasize the importance of individuals getting prepared before disaster strikes. The three simple steps we stress – get a kit, make a plan, be informed – can help not only individuals, but also businesses get ready for an emergency.Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or man-made disaster never reopen, according to the Insurance Information Institute. We think this percentage is much too high, which is why we wanted to remind you of some tools that businesses can use to get prepared for emergencies: Ready Business – complete with tips and tools for...
Posted On: June 2, 2011
Author: Rich Serino
As part of the FEMA team, we see a lot of disasters. Each is unique and yet, surprisingly similar. Across the board, disasters are devastating. Whether they touch one person or 1,000, lives are changed forever.  There is heartache. And there are heroes.This spring has been particularly harsh. Much of our country has felt the cruel wrath of nature.Joplin, Missouri is among the latest examples.Last Sunday, an EF-5 tornado brutalized an estimated one-third of Joplin, a city in the southwestern corner of the state. So far, more than 130 lives have been lost. Search and rescue efforts...
Posted On: May 28, 2011
Author: David Kaufman
It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week, so as we get prepared for the present, the emergency management community is also planning for the future and looking at nine different factors (or what we call drivers) that will affect the future of emergency management.The Strategic Foresight Initiative was launched so the emergency management community can seek to understand how the world is changing, and how those changes may affect the future of emergency management. Over 550 members of the emergency management community, including Federal, state, local, and tribal first responders and...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on the White House Blog on May 4, 2011, by Divya Kumaraiah, Policy Assistant to the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Over the past few weeks, a series of devastating tornadoes swept across the country. From Mississippi to Virginia, communities are suffering great losses. The Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Disaster Services Unit rapidly mobilized thousands of volunteers to assist local recovery efforts.Working closely with the State Service Commissions and FEMA, CNCS has built partnerships across...
Posted On: May 25, 2011
Author: David Myers
Tuscaloosa, AL, May 6, 2011 -- FEMA Deputy Richard Serino and a Salvation Army Officer discuss ways to help survivors in the Tuscaloosa area from the April 27th tornado.Since a series of deadly tornadoes and storms struck much of the southeast last month, thousands from around the country have pitched in to help disaster survivors – by donating money, sending clothes or offering prayers.  A recent story in the New York Times highlighted the ongoing efforts of faith-based groups in the recovery, as they work with the emergency management team to meet the basic needs of disaster...
Posted On: May 20, 2011

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