Every Friday, we post a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
The Week in Photos
In many communities across the U.S., we continue to support individuals and communites as they recover from disasters. Below are a few photos from the past week that show the recovery efforts in action. For more on our role, visit our disaster pages.
Madison, CT, October 6, 2011 -- FEMA Community Education Specialist Warren Kurten, left, shows a local resident a mitigation activity book during an event held at a local hardware store. Events are being held in various locations throughout the state to inform residents of ways to prepare and prevent damage from future disasters.
Oxford, CT, October 3, 2011 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialist Becky Kaurup speaks to a local resident during a town forum setup to inform residents about different assistance programs. Disaster assistance programs are available from local, state and federal agencies, for those individuals and communities impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. The registration deadline for individuals to apply for federal assistance is November 3, 2011.
Mesic, NC, October 3, 2011 -- Booker T. Jones, the Mayor of Mesic, Nortrh Carolina points out land he has offered where Temporary Housing Units could be placed for Hurricane Irene survivors. The North Carolina Baptist Men have just cleared trees to make this possible. FEMA's Voluntary Agency Liaisons work to bring together those in need with voluntary agencies - essential to recovery for many survivors.
Merritt, NC, October 3, 2011 -- A volunteer from the North Carolina Baptist Men cuts apart the shower enclosure in this flooded home. FEMA's Voluntary Agency Liaisons work to bring together those in need with voluntary agencies who are providing free services essential to recovery.
National Fire Prevention Week Coming Up
While many in the media and the public focus their attention on large-scale disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods – it’s important to remember disasters happen on a daily basis, often in the form of a home fire. Next week, October 9 - 15, is Fire Prevention Week, and we'll be sharing fire prevention tips here on the blog and on Facebook & Twitter.
Here are some simple things you can do today to protect to keep your family and home safe:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home
- Test smoke alarms once a month
- Be sure to change smoke alarm batteries at least once a year
- Make and practice your family’s fire escape plan
Visit Ready.gov/fires for more information on preventing home fires, and visit the National Fire Prevention Week website for more tips and ways you can participate in Fire Prevention Week.
Practice Earthquake Safety in the ShakeOut
We also encourage you, your family, office, and community to participate in the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill, on October 20 at 10:20 a.m. Pacific Time. The ShakeOut allows you to participate in preparedness by focusing on the potentially life-saving actions of “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during and immediately after an earthquake.
Over 7 million people have pledged to participate, so join in at www.ShakeOut.org/register and pledge your family, school, business, or organization’s participation in the drill. It’s easy to sign up, and registered participants will receive information on how to plan their own drill and talk with others about earthquake preparedness.