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Author: Rachel Racusen
Another severe winter storm is bringing significant snowfall and ice storms across the Southeast, and is expected to move into the Mid-Atlantic by tomorrow and up toward the Northeast by Wednesday.So far there have been reports of heavy snow and ice causing downed trees and power lines, and many flights are continuing to get canceled.Our regional offices in Denton, Texas; Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA; New York City, NY and Boston, MA, remain in close contact with our state and local partners in all of the areas that could be impacted, and stand ready to assist if a request is made.As the...
Posted On: January 10, 2011
Author: Don Boyce
When a blizzard reared its ugly head across the Northeast U.S. at the end of December, much of the area came to a virtual standstill.  Airports and roads were closed, and several governors declared a state of emergency to mobilize their state’s resources to respond.  Our Regional offices were in touch with our state and local partners throughout the storm.While the Northeast blizzard was a newsworthy storm, it won’t be the last severe storm this winter.  At FEMA, we encourage everyone to get prepared for winter weather before the next storm hits.  You can get started today...
Posted On: January 5, 2011
Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public AffairsWith severe snow storms making all the headlines, many of you may be wondering where FEMA’s role comes into play?  Here’s an overview of what our role is when winter weather rolls in.Before a stormBefore a winter storm or extreme cold front, we’re all about preparedness.  If you follow FEMA on Twitter or Facebook, or visit on a regular basis, chances are you’ve seen messages on the importance of being prepared before a winter storm. We obviously can’t stop the forces of Mother Nature, but we can all play a part in limiting the...
Posted On: December 28, 2010
Posted by: Brad Carroll, Press Secretary(Photo courtesy of FEMA Photo Library, 2006)If you’ve turned on the news anytime in the past week, the headlines have been littered with stories of the ongoing severe weather across the U.S.  Last week, a powerful rain and snow storm affected much of the West coast.  Over the weekend, a blizzard moved in along the eastern seaboard.  Airports are closed, major sporting events have been affected, and thousands of residents are without power or sheltering in their homes.We are in close coordination with our state and local partners, monitoring developments...
Posted On: December 27, 2010
Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public AffairsAt FEMA, we continue to monitor severe weather on the Hawaii islands and in the western U.S. through our regional offices in Denver and Oakland. Parts of Utah and Nevada are still getting rain, and we remain in close coordination with the Utah and Nevada Departments of Public Safety, as well as the California Emergency Management Agency. With the powerful storm system forecasted to head east in the coming days, the National Weather Service is calling for a wet holiday weekend for much of the country, whether snow or rain. Follow your latest...
Posted On: December 23, 2010
Author: Public Affairs
Ongoing severe weatherAs we mentioned yesterday, we’re continuing to monitor the severe weather in the western U.S. through our regional offices in Oakland, Seattle and Denver.  Last night, Governor Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in six California counties due to extreme weather and storm conditions. By declaring a state of emergency, the Governor makes available state government resources, such as personnel, equipment and facilities, to support and assist disaster response operations.Heavy rain is also hitting portions of Utah and Nevada, and we are in close coordination...
Posted On: December 22, 2010
Posted by: Public AffairsThrough our regional offices in Oakland and Seattle, we are continuing to monitor the severe weather across Hawaii, California, and into the northwest that is forecasted to affect the area through mid-week, at least.  We remain in close contact and coordination with California Emergency Management Agency, Nevada Division of Emergency Management, Hawaii State Civil Defense and other possibly affected states.  During severe weather, it’s important to follow the instructions of state and local officials, and listen to local radio or TV stations for updated...
Posted On: December 21, 2010
Posted by: Public AffairsMuch of the U.S. has been hit with winter weather in the past week, from several feet of snow in parts of Minnesota to freeze warnings in Florida, and more snow and freezing rain is forecasted across large areas of the country today.  When the weather outside gets frightful, staying safe (and warm) is of primary importance.  So in light of the recent extreme weather, here are some simple reminders to keep you safe this winter season:Be informedNOAA weather radios, local TV and radio stations are great places to find severe weather updates.  For more detailed forecasts...
Posted On: December 15, 2010