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Monitoring Severe Weather across the Country

As we blogged about in the “What We’re Watching” Friday, the National Weather Service expects significant snowfall in the Central Rockies throughout the Plains states. The National Weather Service forecasts up to 12 inches of snow in parts of Colorado and New Mexico and 4 to 7 inches of snow forecasted farther north and east.

We are closely monitoring the storm system and will continue to monitor as it develops. We encourage residents in those states to closely monitor the storm and encourage all residents to prepare for the winter by visiting for steps on preparing your home and family for the winter months.

To get you started here are a few steps you can take to ensure you’re prepared:

  • Be sure to update your family's emergency supply kit and add items such as snow shovels, extra blankets, rock salt (or more environmentally safe products) to melt ice on walkways, and appropriate clothing (i.e., hat, gloves, and scarf).
  • Have an emergency kit in your car in the event you are stranded by a blizzard or traffic jam. Be sure to include items you would need to stay warm and comfortable.
  • Make a family communication plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

What We’re Watching: 12/2/11

At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Weather Outlook
This weekend, the National Weather Service predicts strong winds to continue in the Southwest. Below average temperatures are expected to continue in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Plains, and parts of the South throughout the weekend.

Heavy rains are expected for parts of the Southern Plains, Mid-Atlantic, and East Central regions with heavy coastal rains and inland snow across Southern Alaska. Additionally, flooding is expected across the Upper Great Lakes and Northern Ohio Valley. Severe drought weather will continue throughout Central and Southern Great Plains, and throughout parts of the South.

Visit the new for tips on preparing your home and family for severe weather, heavy rain and floods, and wildfire conditions.

Holiday Shopping Gift Ideas
As you continue your holiday shopping this weekend and try to think of new and creative gift ideas for family and friends, we encourage you to give the gift of preparedness. Instead of buying your uncle another red tie or favorite cousin a paper weight, why not buy a more practical gift that may come in handy in an emergency - like a flashlight or hand-crank radio with extra batteries? They will definitely thank you when the power goes out and they need to put the flashlight or radio to good use.

Here's a video to help get you in the "gift of preparedness" giving mood this holiday season:

National Disaster Recovery Framework Stakeholder Forum in New Orleans

Today we are holding the first stakeholder forum for the National Disaster Recovery Framework in New Orleans, and additional stakeholder forums are being organized for other cities in the coming months. The purpose of this forums is to continue the development, collaboration and implementation of the key concepts of the Recovery Framework and discuss how they can be used to drive recovery efforts in a community after a disaster or through pre-disaster recovery planning.

As we blogged about this in September, the release of the Recovery Framework is the culmination of a collaborative process and extensive outreach efforts that brought together recovery partners and stakeholders from across the nation. The framework was developed through numerous meetings and briefings, online engagements, and a series of video teleconferences and stakeholder forums across the country, building upon existing programs, authorities and best practices.

The Recovery Framework outlines how disaster recovery is supported and organized across the nation, and builds on scalable, flexible, and adaptable coordinating structures to align key roles and responsibilities, linking state, local, tribal and territorial governments, the federal government, private sector, individuals, and voluntary, faith-based, disability and community organizations – all who play vital roles in community-based recovery.

On March 30, 2011, the President issued Presidential Policy Directive-8 (PPD-8) directing the delivery of “a series of integrated national planning frameworks, covering prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.” Consistent with the vision set forth in PPD-8, the Recovery Framework summarizes the way ahead for disaster recovery and is the first framework published under PPD-8.

Visit our Recovery Framework page for the full Framework document and future stakeholder forums.


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