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Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: We wanted to share a blog post from our friends at the Centers for Disease Control.  Preparing for a zombie attack, or other fictional disasters, can provide useful tips to get prepared for a real disaster.  The following is an excerpt of the original blog post on the CDC Public Health Matters Blog May 16th, 2011 by Ali S. Khan.There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey,...
Posted On: May 19, 2011
Author: Josie Harper
As a partner with FEMA on emergency preparedness efforts, Amtrak works hard year around to keep passengers safe and secure, and has been active in events like past National Preparedness Month outreach.This week, Amtrak is one of hundreds of companies participating in the National Level Exercise 2011, to test how the entire team would respond in the first 72 hours after a catastrophic earthquake hitting many states along the New Madrid Seismic Zone.  As we have seen in recent months, this scenario is based on very real threats.Amtrak is participating as a member of the National Business...
Posted On: May 18, 2011
Author: Gwen Camp
Since deadly tornadoes struck Alabama and much of the southeast last month, emergency management teams from every level of government have been working tirelessly to aid survivors and the impacted communities. Administrator Fugate always says that FEMA is one part of the team, and our state, local, tribal, private sector, voluntary and faith-based partners have been demonstrating the importance of working together as part of that team every day since the storms.With that in mind, I wanted to highlight a story from the New York Times last week about the leadership and foresight of Mayor Walter...
Posted On: May 17, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Today, FEMA, along with other federal, state, local, private sector and other partners will kick off a week-long functional exercise, the capstone event of National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 11), a White House-directed, Congressionally mandated cycle of planning and preparedness events.The NLE 11 functional exercise, which will simulate a catastrophic earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, is scheduled to take place at venues in the national capital region and throughout the central U.S. These exercise activities are being carefully balanced with the current flooding and tornado-...
Posted On: May 16, 2011
Author: David Kaufman
Back in March, I blogged about two documents that will shape FEMA’s future - our strategic plan and "Publication 1".  There is no doubt that as the world continues to change, these changes will have profound effects on the emergency management profession.In addition to the two guiding documents I shared in my previous blog post, we’re also helping the emergency management profession better plan for the future through our Strategic Foresight Initiative.  The initiative is an effort from a cross-section of the emergency community to consider questions like these: How should the...
Posted On: May 13, 2011
Author: Diane Zinna
It might sound counterintuitive - if people’s cell phones are out, what are the chances they will be able to register themselves on a website? That’s what makes the American Red Cross’s approach to family reunification so special. Our dedicated volunteers are present on the ground after a disaster strikes to provide supported registration on the Safe and Well Website (www.redcross.org/safeandwell). They help people register on the site and capture registrations any way they can.During the Alabama disaster response, registrations have been collected mostly via paper forms for back-data entry,...
Posted On: May 13, 2011
Author: Damon Penn
Tuesday’s joint launch of PLAN (Personal Localized Alert Network) with the FCC and the New York City Mayor’s Office marks another major milestone in the deployment of FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert Warning System.  PLAN is the more user friendly public naming for the CMAS (Commercial Mobile Alert System).  The launch in New York City is just that, a launch of the capability, not a pilot.  The system is another tool that allows emergency managers at all levels to communicate alerts and warnings to the public.With the cooperation of the cellular industry, PLAN will enable...
Posted On: May 13, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
We have written recently about our ongoing work with the private sector, and we wanted to share an additional example where you can get involved, too.  Tonight at 9 p.m. EDT, Country Music Television (CMT) will host “Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert” to raise awareness and money for disaster survivors affected by the recent storms, tornadoes and flooding.The event will feature a special call to action by President Obama, along with performances from some of country music’s biggest stars. All money raised will go to the American Red Cross, one of the many voluntary agencies...
Posted On: May 12, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
As FEMA continues to support our state partners across the country as they respond to and recover from disaster, its important to remember that FEMA is just part of an emergency management team that includes the entire federal family, state, local and tribal governments, the faith-based and non-profit communities and the public.  In addition, a crucial component of our nation’s capability to respond to and recover from disasters rests in the private sector.Understanding the unique capabilities that businesses have to contribute, FEMA has expanded its capability to communicate, cultivate...
Posted On: May 11, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
As we constantly say at FEMA, having an emergency communications plan is one of the most important things people can do to be prepared for disasters. And this morning, Administrator Fugate will join several of our partners in emergency communications at an event in New York City to announce a new tool that will enhance federal, state and local emergency communications plans with the public – the Personal Localized Alerting Network, or more appropriately, PLAN.PLAN is a technology developed by FEMA that will allow any customers of participating wireless carriers to turn their mobile phones...
Posted On: May 10, 2011

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