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Author: Mark Misczak
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is a unique grant program FEMA has outside of our traditional preparedness and disaster recovery programs. You may remember that we blogged about this program last year. Each year, Congress provides FEMA with the funding to support voluntary and governmental agencies that provide essential services to help hungry and homeless individuals and families across our nation.This year, FEMA is awarding more than $120 million, through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program grant, to supplement agencies that provide food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility...
Posted On: August 15, 2012
Author: David Myers
Disasters can strike at anytime, anywhere, and can have a devastating impact.  Often the first on the scene to reach out to survivors and assist first responders are members of local faith-based and community organizations who are friends and neighbors. This will be the theme of this month’s Think Tank held in Bennington, VT.  Hosted by FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, the Think Tank’s discussion will focus on faith-based organizations’ role in advancing the Whole Community approach in working with Emergency Managers.Callers from around the nation will be able to...
Posted On: August 14, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Our National Preparedness Symposium is currently going on and includes stakeholders across all areas and levels of emergency management, discussing how to increase emergency preparedness in a way that builds community resiliency.  We will continually update this blog post throughout the Symposium as we get perspectives from those on the forefront of making their communities and America better prepared for emergencies. Follow the conversation on Twitter: #NatlPrep Schedule of events: (Posted 10:40 a.m. Eastern, August 9)   Arlington, Va., Aug. 9, 2012 --...
Posted On: August 9, 2012
Author: Craig Fugate
Last month I re-emphasized my support for amending the Stafford Act to allow federally recognized tribal governments to make a request directly to the President for a federal emergency or major disaster declaration.  I specifically recommended to Congress that they take swift action to pass this legislation.  If Congress passes and the President signs such legislation into law, my office will act promptly in the development of appropriate regulations and policies for implementation.Today, I note the efforts Tribal leadership and organizations representing more than 300 tribes have...
Posted On: August 3, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
On July 3, 2012, President Obama declared a major disaster in the state of Florida, making federal disaster assistance available in many counties for those affected by Tropical Storm Debby.  Among the many FEMA staff who deployed to support our state and local partners’ response and recovery efforts was Marlene Phillips. Marlene’s day-to-day job is serving at FEMA headquarters as a Public Affairs Specialist, whose primary responsibility does not include regular deployments to the field.The account below is from Marlene’s experience working as a Community Relations Specialist in the areas...
Posted On: August 2, 2012
Author: Sandra Knight
A little over a year ago, hundreds of tornadoes touched down in the Southeastern and Midwestern portions of the United States between April 25 and April 28, 2011.  On May 22, only a few weeks later, a powerful 0.75-mile-wide tornado cut a 6-mile path through Joplin, MO.  These tornado events resulted in the tragic loss of life, destruction of thousands of homes and billions of dollars in building and infrastructure damage.  FEMA’s Building Science Branch responded by deploying a Mitigation Assessment Team of specialists to assess building damage across a five-state area...
Posted On: August 1, 2012
Author: Dan Stoneking
On July 23 and 24, U.S. Northern Command hosted the 2012 Building Resilience through Public Private Partnerships Conference.  More than 300 attendees participated in a variety of topics to include defense, international, youth preparedness, faith-based, as well as access and functional needs as they relate to the private sector.  And the audience was as diverse as the content.  Attendees include 156 from the public sector and 145 from the private sector (81 for-profit companies, 48 non-profit and 16 academia).  U.S. Northern Command should be commended for the outstanding...
Posted On: July 30, 2012
Author: Rich Serino
This week, U.S. Northern Command hosted the Building Resilience through Public Private Partnerships Conference.  We held our latest FEMA Think Tank call on the second day of the conference and had a great conversation on how the emergency management community can develop and sustain relationships with the private sector and build these partnerships for the future.  There were about 150 participants in the room and over 220 participants on the phone. Building and Sustaining Public-Private Relationships through Best PracticesKicking off the call, we discussed best practices and...
Posted On: July 27, 2012
Author: Marcie Roth
Today is truly a reason to celebrate because it marks the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Twenty two years ago, we reached a turning point in our nation’s history when the civil rights of millions of Americans with disabilities were recognized and protected by law. Today, more than 56 million Americans benefit from this law.Here at FEMA, we are committed to honoring and upholding the ADA. We are uncompromising in our dedication for the right to equal access before, during and after an emergency. Equal access gives everyone an opportunity to...
Posted On: July 26, 2012
Author: Kathy Fields
As you hear us say frequently, FEMA is just part of the team, a team that encompasses the whole community, including partners, from state, local, and tribal governments to non-governmental organizations, to the private sector and voluntary groups. A key member of that team is the National Advisory Council. The NAC is comprised of members from state, tribal and local governments, private sector, and non-governmental partners who advise and provide recommendations to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate on all aspects of emergency management.This month, the NAC held their quarterly meeting and...
Posted On: July 23, 2012


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