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Posted by: Public Affairs We continue to closely monitor and support the response to the deadly severe storms that affected Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states this past weekend. Our thoughts and prayers go out especially to the families of those who have lost loved ones or friends as a result of the storms.As response and power restoration efforts continue, we remain in close contact with our state, local and tribal partners in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. Here’s a recap of what we’re doing:  Earlier this week, President Obama...
Posted On: November 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Colder weather coming for manySome people thoroughly enjoy colder weather and the white fluffy stuff that often comes with it, while others continually look for a way to escape the cold for warmer temperatures. Regardless of your stance on cold and snow, it’s the time of year when temperatures are dropping as winter approaches.Areas around the Rocky Mountains and the Upper Midwest have already had their first snowfall, and forecasts from the National Weather Service predict the Northeast could experience several inches of snow this weekend.Now is the time to make sure your home and family are...
Posted On: October 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
When Bridgewater, Mass, was struck by the mid January 2011 blizzard, virtually the entire town was without power or communications. The Bridgewater Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, opened an emergency storm shelter available to the public.    Click here for information on how to start a CERT in your community.
Posted On: February 11, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
Sound familiar? Severe winter weather is affecting much of the U.S., bringing heavy snow, cold temperatures, and gusty winds to the Central and Southern Plains.  The storm system is expected to move into the Mid-South and Tennessee Valley by Wednesday night.We’re closely monitoring the storm through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO, Denton, TX, and Atlanta, and working closely with our state partners, as well as the National Weather Service.Since the emergency declarations in Oklahoma and Missouri last week, our Incident Management Assistance Teams are embedded at the state...
Posted On: February 9, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Key Efforts When natural disasters, such as winter storms, strike the first responders are local emergency and public works personnel, volunteers, humanitarian organizations, and numerous private interest groups who provide emergency assistance required to protect the public's health and safety and to meet immediate human needs. Yesterday, the President announced a federal emergency declaration for all 77 counties in Oklahoma to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm beginning on January 31, 2011 and continuing. This declaration frees up...
Posted On: February 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
 McAlester, OK, February 1, 2011 -- FEMA generators are staged at the Army Ammunition Plant for rapid deployment to support emergency facilities and public buildings.One of the ways that we were preparing before this past week's severe winter weather struck was by prepositioning commodities including generators, ahead of time in areas that were forecasted to be heavily impacted. We wanted to be ready in case a Governor's team needed our support, and one of the major concerns was power outages.When most people see the term "generator", they think of small, personal generators that...
Posted On: February 3, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
Winter weather continues to impact areas across the country, and is forecasted to bring bitterly cold temperatures into parts of Texas and the Deep South today.  Impacted areas have seen a combination of snow, ice, gusting winds, and rain, making travel very hazardous. Yesterday, the President declared an emergency in Oklahoma, making federal disaster aid available to State and local responders in Oklahoma to supplement the response efforts.  We’re continuing to closely monitor the severe winter weather through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO, Denton, TX, Chicago,...
Posted On: February 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Earlier today FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano briefed President Obama by phone on preparations for the winter storm. [White House Readout]This morning FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate held a video teleconference call to discuss the latest developments with the National Weather Service, partner agencies and regional representatives to assess their needs and readiness.Administrator Fugate and the Deputy Director of the National Weather Service held a press conference call to discuss the latest developments with the storm and the ongoing federal efforts to...
Posted On: February 2, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
Washington, DC, February 1, 2011 -- Senior officials from FEMA, including Administrator Craig Fugate (center, back to camera), Deputy Administrator Rich Serino (left) and Chief of Staff Jason McNamara (right), joined via telephone by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, brief President Obama via teleconference on the winter storm that is affecting a large portion of the country. The winter storm affecting millions across the U.S. is currently moving north and east, and is expected to impact Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and the New England states today.  Through our regional offices...
Posted On: February 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
After doing some television interviews this morning talking about the team effort that is going into the response to this winter storm, Administrator Fugate recorded this quick message:For other video clips, see Administrator Fugate's interviews on PBS News Hour, Good Morning America, and The Early Show.
Posted On: February 2, 2011

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