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Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: On May 16, we removed an image of the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map.North Carolina disaster Earlier this week, the President declared a major disaster for areas affected by the deadly tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding on April 16. Federal disaster assistance is available to individuals and eligible state and local partners as they work to recover from the disaster. (If you are in one of the 18 declared counties you can apply for disaster assistance at, or on your mobile device at, NC, April 20, 2011 --...
Posted On: April 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: On May 16, 2011, we removed an image of the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map.Severe weather outlookFEMA continues to closely monitor a severe weather pattern as the threat of tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds emerges over many parts of Alabama and Mississippi, and continued red flag warnings in Texas.  Severe storms could also affect parts of Eastern Missouri, central and southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and the Florida panhandle through Saturday.Stay connected to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center for severe...
Posted On: April 15, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: On May 16, 2011, we removed an image of the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map.Severe weather outlookOver the next few days, the National Weather Service is calling for severe weather in many parts of the U.S.  The Pacific Northwest is expected to see periods of heavy precipitation, along with parts of the Midwest.  In the South, drought conditions should continue, setting the stage for possible wildfire outbreaks in parts of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.Red River Valley flood fightIn addition to severe weather, the Upper Midwest is also...
Posted On: April 8, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Midwest flood fight As spring moves on, the combination of melting snow and rain showers often brings an elevated risk of flooding for many parts of the country. Preparing for and combating flooding in the upper Midwest has been a focus of this blog, and members of the emergency management team are continuing to do their part in the affected areas.  We currently have an incident support base in the upper Midwest to further enhance our ability to quickly move needed supplies throughout the states affected by spring flooding, should they be needed and requested. We are closely monitoring...
Posted On: April 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Information on the Japan earthquake and tsunami for U.S. citizensOver the past few weeks, this blog featured several posts about the tragic Japan earthquake and tsunami, specifically referencing the U.S. government’s role in supporting the ongoing response and recovery, being led by the U.S. Agency for International Development.   We wanted to draw your attention to a new page on with information on air quality, food safety, Americans in Japan, disaster preparedness, and donations.  Also knowing that a lot of our blog readers live and work around Washington, DC we...
Posted On: March 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: On May 16, 2011, we removed an image of the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map.Japan earthquake and tsunami Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan as they recover from the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck last week. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) remains the lead federal agency when it comes to responding to international disasters, so visit for additional information on the Federal response.Check out this blog post to see you how can help those affected by the disasters.Potential severe weatherIn...
Posted On: March 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Stormy, wet weekend for manyForecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for rain and thunderstorms across much of the Midwest for the next few days.  Large portions of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee are under flood watches or warnings due to rapidly melting snow and rainfall, so make sure you’re aware of local conditions.  We’re closely monitoring the severe weather through our regional offices in Chicago and Atlanta, and working closely with our state partners, as well as the National Weather Service.The Northeast is also expected to experience rainy,...
Posted On: March 4, 2011
Posted by: Public AffairsSevere weather outlookLooking ahead to the weekend and the next few days, the National Weather Service is forecasting another round of severe weather for much of the U.S.  Much of the Pacific Northwest, along with parts of the Northeast, are expected to experience rain, freezing rain, or snow (depending on elevation).  For those in the California and Arizona, predictions call for colder temperatures than normal.  And a common occurrence for this time of the year, parts of the Midwest should be prepared for increased risk of flooding. Get your...
Posted On: February 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Potential severe weatherWinter weather will continue to impact the western U.S. for much of the weekend, bringing colder temperatures and snow in areas of high elevation.  For those on the east coast, the unusually warmer temperatures of the past few days will rush out over the weekend, bringing the potential for high winds. And as the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map shows, residents in the Midwest and Great Lakes should be prepared for heavy snow and potential flooding.  Through our regional offices in Chicago and Kansas City (MO), we're closely monitoring...
Posted On: February 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Severe weather departsThe winter storm that impacted the eastern two-thirds of the country moved out Thursday, bringing precipitation to an end and beginning a warming trend for this weekend.As temperatures across the nation are expected to rise above freezing, there’s no better time than now to begin steps to protect your property from snowmelt flooding. Be prepared.The National Advisory Council needs you! This week we announced available opportunities to serve on the National Advisory Council.  Congress established the NAC in the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, to...
Posted On: February 11, 2011


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