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Author: Jason Lindesmith
What makes a great race? To me, the ingredients include awesome scenery, a well-planned route, and a cause that runners can really get behind.  I ran a race that met all three of these conditions in Cannon Beach, Oregon called “Race the Wave”.  In short, the city of Cannon Beach took their town’s risk for earthquakes and tsunamis and made it into a race, and I’m going to lay out why every community along the Pacific coast should be hurrying to plan their own.  The coolest part of “Race the Wave” is that it doesn’t have to be a “race” per se, with runners competing for the best...
Posted On: October 15, 2014
Author: William Carwile, III
2011 was full of natural disasters and emergencies – both large and small – but none rivaled the tragic scale of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last March. Just before the start of the New Year, I had the opportunity to again visit Japan, seeing the most impacted regions of the Iwate Prefecture and meeting with government officials from around the world to discuss the rebuilding and recovery challenges that are ongoing.As part of the two-day conference, (organized by the Japanese Cabinet Office, Japan International Cooperation Agency, United Nations Economic and Social Commission...
Posted On: January 9, 2012
Author: Public Affairs
On our blog we are always talking about the team effort that is involved when it comes to emergency management. This team effort was on display this past Thursday as multiple federal agencies, including FEMA Regional Administrators Nancy Ward and Ken Murphy, as well as our state partners in Alaska testified before the House Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations regarding Tsunami preparedness for the United States.Washington, DC, April 14, 2011 -- (From left to right) Mary Glackin, Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere for NOAA, FEMA Region IX...
Posted On: April 15, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
On a daily basis, we work very closely with our partners at the National Weather Service (NWS) as it provides invaluable information on severe weather conditions across the country. Earlier this month, during flood awareness week, Dr. Jack Hayes, National Weather Service Director, and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate blogged about three steps to flood safety.In the aftermath of the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami, Director Hayes and Administrator Fugate are reminding Americans that we are not immune from either earthquakes or tsunamis.  While new systems and technology have...
Posted On: March 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As rescue and recovery efforts continue in Japan, this tragedy should also serve as an important reminder that disaster can strike anytime and anywhere. This week happens to be National Tsunami Awareness Week, and our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association are urging all Americans who live along U.S. coastlines to take the threat of tsunamis seriously.There are a few simple tips to remember:Warning signs of a tsunami A strong earthquake, or one that persists for 20 seconds or longer The ocean withdraws or rises rapidly A loud, roaring sound (like an airplane or a...
Posted On: March 21, 2011
Author: Tim Manning
As the U.S. government continues to offer support to the people of Japan, and FEMA continues to stay in close contact with our state partners along the West Coast that were impacted by Friday's tsunami, I am traveling to Hawaii and American Samoa this week to meet with our partners in emergency management from across the pacific, and discuss how together, we can build more resilient communities.Although this trip had been scheduled for quite some time, long before Friday, what just happened in Japan underscores the importance of building strong relationships, across the entire emergency...
Posted On: March 15, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The White House released an overview of the United States' response in support of Japan: Any U.S Citizens in need of emergency assistance should send an e-mail to with detailed information about their location and contact information, and monitor the U.S. Department of State website at Agency for International Aid (USAID) is coordinating the overall U.S. government efforts in support of the Japanese governments response to the earthquakes and subsequent tsunami that hit Friday and are currently directing individuals to for...
Posted On: March 13, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
From the National Weather Service: All Tsunami Warnings and Advisories have been canceled for the U.S.Damaging tsunamis are no longer expected to impact the U.S. west coast states, Alaska, and British Columbia. As local conditions can cause a wide variation in tsunami impact, the all clear determinations must be made by local authorities.Visit this interactive map to see the latest, official NWS watches, warnings and advisories currently in effect for all types of hazards. Bookmark and on your smartphone so you're always prepared when you're on the go.
Posted On: March 12, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Yesterday, one of our updates about the Japan earthquake and tsunami highlighted the two Urban Search and Rescue teams deploying to support search and rescue operations. The teams are deploying at the request of the Japanese government, under the direction of the U.S. Agency for International Development.See more about the Virginia Task Force 1 team (VA-TF1) as they make final preparations on Facebook or their website. 
Posted On: March 12, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
At the request of the Japanese government, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is deploying two Urban Search and Rescue teams to assist in search and rescue efforts in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami.As you may have seen in the news, the California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2) and Virginia Task Force 1 (VA-TF1) teams are deploying due to their direct agreement with USAID.  The teams consist of 70 multi-faceted, cross-trained personnel who serve in six major functional areas, including search, rescue, medical, hazardous materials, logistics and planning. In addition,...
Posted On: March 11, 2011


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