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Author: Public Affairs
One of the most unsettling aspects after a disaster is establishing contact with family, friends, and loved ones to let them know your whereabouts. In addition, loved ones in other areas are often anxious to hear from those in the affected area to know they are OK. Since the deadly tornadoes struck in the southeast last week, we’ve been encouraging survivors to visit the Red Cross Safe and Well site to connect disaster survivors with their families. Birmingham, AL, May 1, 2011 -- A Red Cross Disaster Relief truck provides meals to residents and workers at the Pratt City deadly April tornado...
Posted On: May 6, 2011
Author: Elizabeth Zimmerman
Disasters not only affect community infrastructure and public works, but they often overcome family finances, making recovery difficult and sometimes impossible. Before, during and after disasters strike, we work with a number of non-profit, voluntary and faith-based groups who specialize in getting disaster survivors financially back on their feet.As we often say, FEMA is just one part of the emergency management team that helps individuals and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.  In this light, we’ve renewed our partnership with Operation HOPE, a non-profit...
Posted On: April 30, 2011
Posted by: Edward Connor, Acting Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration As we celebrate Earth Day, it gives us a chance to clearly link the complementary concepts of sustainability and resilience, a fancy way to say how well communities bounce back after a disaster.   Everyday FEMA works to enhance the resilience of our communities to natural hazards by helping them to identify risk and develop appropriate strategies to reduce those risks. This includes adopting and enforcing stronger building codes, coordinating planning and preparedness exercises, and partnering with...
Posted On: April 22, 2011
Author: Sandra Knight
The National Hurricane Conference, going on this week, provides a great opportunity for members of the emergency management team to strengthen their partnerships.  It also provides an opportunity to recognize individuals in front of a group of their peers.Earlier this week, several individuals were recognized for their contributions to emergency management and hurricane preparedness.  One award recipient was Miguel Pavon, Administrator of the Texas/Mexico Borderlands Information Center, who received an Outstanding Achievement in Mitigation Award for his contributions to HAZUS, a...
Posted On: April 21, 2011
Author: Rich Serino
One week from today, at 10:15 am central, millions of Americans across the central U.S. will stop what they’re doing, whether at school, in the office, or at home, to take part in the first-ever public earthquake drill in the New Madrid Seismic Zone region. And that’s not the only "first" – this Great Central U.S. Shakeout is also the first earthquake drill ever to be conducted in multiple U.S. states simultaneously.Earlier today, I joined several of our partners, Ernie Allen, the President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Dave Maxwell, the head of the...
Posted On: April 21, 2011
Author: Sheila M. Clark
Did you know that students make valuable contributions to FEMA every day?  In Washington D.C. or at any of our ten regional offices, students can contribute to the agency’s mission of supporting citizens and first responders as they prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.  Whether you are a college (or advanced degree) student yourself or know one that may be interested, I encourage you to learn more about student opportunities at FEMA:Presidential Management Fellows Program The Presidential Management Fellows program is a flagship leadership development program of the...
Posted On: April 20, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
I’ve blogged several times about the importance of the private sector in helping our communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. While these past blog posts have focused on the role of the private sector as a valuable member of the emergency management team, I wanted to highlight one especially heroic story that came out of the deadly tornadoes that just hit North Carolina and other states over the past few days.During the series of deadly tornadoes and severe storms, a manager at a home improvement store in Sanford, North Carolina guided approximately 100 people (...
Posted On: April 19, 2011
Author: David Myers
Throughout this week, we have been honoring the service and commitment of our nation’s volunteers. As President Obama said earlier this week: "America's story has been marked by the service of volunteers. Generations of selfless individuals from all walks of life have served each other and our Nation, each person dedicated to making tomorrow better than today…Volunteers are the lifeblood of our schools and shelters, hospitals and hotlines, and faith-based and community groups. From mentoring at-risk youth and caring for older Americans to supporting our veterans and military families and...
Posted On: April 14, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
 Wadena, MN, June 22, 2010 -- An American Red Cross emergency vehicle provides meals and beverages to volunteers at the Wadena City Cemetery which sustained severe tree damage during the June 17, 2010 F4 tornado. Volunteer agencies play an important role during the recovery process. FEMA/Michael Mancino Wadena, MN, June 22, 2010 -- An American Red Cross emergency vehicle provides meals and beverages to volunteers at the Wadena City Cemetery which sustained severe tree damage during the June 17, 2010 F-4 tornado. Volunteer agencies play an important role during the recovery...
Posted On: April 11, 2011
Author: Nicole Lurie, M.D., MSPH,
As National Public Health Week draws to a close, as events in Japan shift toward recovery, they act as an important reminder of how closely tied disaster emergency management is to health. Indeed, medical concerns of citizens are always a preeminent focus of any disaster response.Regardless of the nature of a particular disaster, the underlying health of affected populations has a significant impact on disaster management. Populations across the U.S. struggle on a day-to-day basis against a myriad of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, asthma and other common illnesses. With good...
Posted On: April 8, 2011


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