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Author: Dan Stoneking
It has been a long and productive year working together with the private sector and we’re excited to continue to build on this progress in 2012. As we get ready to head into a new year, I am pleased to announce the release of a free, web-based training course that will help the entire team continue to build and strengthen public-private partnerships in emergency management – FEMA IS-660: Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships.What makes this course particularly exciting is that it was designed in collaboration with both the public and private sector, and anyone can enroll in the course...
Posted On: December 21, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
One year ago today, we launched our first-ever blog here at FEMA and added a long overdue communications channel to our toolbox. As I explained in our inaugural blog post: This won’t be another way to put out our press releases - this is a way to communicate directly with you…we will provide information before, during and after disaster strikes and we will highlight best practices, innovative ideas, and insights that are being used across emergency management and across the country. Like many one-year-olds, our blog learned a lot during its first year of life about how to better serve our...
Posted On: December 14, 2011
Author: Tony Russell
Recently, I had the privilege of talking with three students from the University of North Texas in Denton as part of a class project. One of the students, Kristopher Davis, is considering a career in emergency management, and came to FEMA looking for guidance and information as he ponders this important decision.Kristopher and the other students asked me questions about working in the emergency management field - what kind of experience it takes to become an emergency management leader, what aspects of my job would I keep and what would I change if I could, what are the rewards and benefits...
Posted On: December 9, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
  Editor's Note: This was originally posted on the White House Blog. As demonstrated time and time again through many disasters across America, emergency management requires a team effort. Our country's tribal nations and leaders are an essential part of the team. The Obama administration has long been committed to supporting Indian Country in efforts to build resilient communities, prepared for all hazards.Last week, on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the administration, I met with tribal leaders as a participant in the 2011 Tribal Nations Conference...
Posted On: December 7, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
We first talked about the Presidential Policy Directive on National Preparedness last March and since then we have released the National Preparedness Goal outlining the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the nation.Today, we took the next step in our ongoing efforts to work together to improve for a wide range of these threats and hazards, such as acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics and catastrophic natural disasters, by releasing a description of the National Preparedness...
Posted On: December 6, 2011
Author: Michael Widomski
Published by: Michael Widomski, Deputy Director, Public Affairs Today, the Senate unanimously confirmed Ernest (Ernie) Mitchell Jr. as the Administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).After the vote, Administrator Fugate praised the action:  With decades of experience fighting fires and leading fire service organizations, Chief Mitchell will be a great addition to our team at FEMA and a tremendous asset to firefighters and first responders around the country.As with our other senior leaders at FEMA, he comes from a state and local background, which means he understands the kind...
Posted On: November 18, 2011
Author: Richard Serino
Posted by: Richard Serino, Deputy AdministratorIn the two years that I have been with FEMA, I have had the opportunity to speak with many survivors and emergency managers from all over the country. During these conversations, I often heard innovative ideas about how to address some of the challenges we face in emergency management.Craig and I realize that you are on the front lines, you know the problems, and, more importantly, you know the solutions to these problems. I know that many of you have creative ideas how we can improve the way we do business. We want to continue to hear your...
Posted On: November 14, 2011
Author: Michael Widomski
Posted by: Michael Widomski, Deputy Director, Public AffairsI wanted to share with you a short video Administrator Fugate recorded to show his appreciation of our nation’s veterans: At FEMA we are fortunate to have veterans from all five branches of our nation’s military working at headquarters, in our regional offices and on the ground. We appreciate all that they have done by serving in the armed forces and all that they continue to do with their public service here at FEMA. They bring extensive experience and expertise to every phase of the disaster cycle – preparedness, response,...
Posted On: November 11, 2011
Author: Gwen Camp
Posted by:Camp Gwen, Director, Intergovernmental AffairsNovember is nationally recognized as Native American Heritage Month. Here’s a brief message from Administrator Fugate about the importance of engaging tribal leaders and nations in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery: As we focus on engaging the entire community in building better prepared and more resilient communities, FEMA is committed to working with American Indians and Alaska Natives, elders and other tribal leaders on how we can best support them.For more on how tribal leaders, members and nations can get prepared...
Posted On: November 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Minot, ND, October 13, 2011 -- David Myers (left), Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan, at a flood-damaged home. Myers and Finegan were in Minot meeting with faith-based groups and surveying the damage caused by June's Souris River flooding. Robin Finegan, Administrator, FEMA Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) and David Myers, Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships were in Minot recently and wanted to provide their perspective on the...
Posted On: October 28, 2011

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