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Get “Prepared” to Trick-or-Treat

Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013 -- Flat Stanley with his Halloween costume. Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013 -- Flat Stanley with his Halloween costume.

We’re really excited for Halloween and can’t wait to go Trick-or-Treating! How about you?!?!

As Stella and I talked about all the candy we wanted to get, we thought of ways we could remind everyone that getting prepared can be fun too!

So…..

We’ll use the map we drew of our neighborhood from our family communication plan to highlight our trick-or-treating path! You can too!

Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013 -- Flat Stanley and Flat Stella prepare to go trick-or-treating in their neighborhood by highlighting their path using a map of their neighborhood from their family emergency communication plan.Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013 -- Flat Stanley and Flat Stella prepare to go trick-or-treating in their neighborhood by highlighting their path using a map of their neighborhood from their family emergency communication plan.

We want to make sure to go to all of our neighbors’ houses.

Our map also has our family meeting location, just in case anything happens.  If your family communication plan doesn’t include a map, maybe this weekend you can ask your parents to sit down and draw one with you.

We’ll be sure to take our flashlight just in case it gets a little too dark. A flashlight is also a good item to keep in your kit.

Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013 -- Flat Stanley grabs his flashlight in case it is dark while trick-or-treating. A flashlight is also a good item to include in your emergency supply kit.Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013 -- Flat Stanley grabs his flashlight in case it is dark while trick-or-treating. A flashlight is also a good item to include in your emergency supply kit.

Then, I had an idea to grab some other supplies to take around and encourage our neighbors to get prepared! As we go door-to-door to our neighbors’ homes, we’ll show them some of the items they can keep in their emergency supply kit.

Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013 -- Flat Stella shows some basic first aid supplies that should be in your emergency supply kit.Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013 -- Flat Stella shows some basic first aid supplies that should be in your emergency supply kit.

Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013 -- Flat Stella shows some other items to include in your emergency supply kit. Water and snacks should be included in your kit.Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013 -- Flat Stella shows some other items to include in your emergency supply kit. Water and snacks should be included in your kit.

Then, we’ll be sure to thank them for all the candy they give us!

Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013 -- Halloween candy for the flats.Washington, D.C., October 30, 2013 -- Halloween candy for the flats.

Stella and I are always thinking of fun ways to incorporate being prepared in everything we do.  Share with us the fun activities you and your family have done to get more prepared!

We can’t wait to go trick-or-treating! We hope you have a fun (and safe) time too!

Photo Retrospective: Sandy One Year Later

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A year after Hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen countless stories of communities coming together and neighbors helping neighbors to recover from this storm.  While we still have a long way to go, the signs of recovery can be seen across the region.  We remain committed to standing with those impacted as they continue to build back, and will continue to provide all eligible aid as this effort goes on.

New York, Oct. 3, 2013 --The Battery Park Underpass was inundated by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was charged with de-watering the tunnels. New York, Oct. 3, 2013 --The Battery Park Underpass was inundated by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was charged with de-watering the tunnels.

Long Beach, N.Y., July 26, 2013 -- The storm surge from Hurricane Sandy left behind several feet of sand in the streets of Long Beach. Long Beach, N.Y., July 26, 2013 -- The storm surge from Hurricane Sandy left behind several feet of sand in the streets of Long Beach.

Liberty Island, N.Y., July 4, 2013 -- Hurricane Sandy flooded 75 percent of the island in October 2012, causing major damage to its infrastructure and facilities. The statue was reopened on July 4th following eight months of extensive repairs.Liberty Island, N.Y., July 4, 2013 -- Hurricane Sandy flooded 75 percent of the island in October 2012, causing major damage to its infrastructure and facilities. The statue was reopened on July 4th following eight months of extensive repairs.

Liberty Island, N.Y., July 4, 2013 -- The passenger dock destroyed by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy was rebuilt in time for the official reopening of the Statue of Liberty.Liberty Island, N.Y., July 4, 2013 -- The passenger dock destroyed by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy was rebuilt in time for the official reopening of the Statue of Liberty.

Breezy Point, N,Y., August 5, 2013 -- About 350 of the more than 2,800 homes in Breezy Point were completely destroyed by the fires or flood surges caused by Hurricane Sandy. Ten months after Sandy, about 60 percent of the community has returned.Breezy Point, N,Y., August 5, 2013 -- About 350 of the more than 2,800 homes in Breezy Point were completely destroyed by the fires or flood surges caused by Hurricane Sandy. Ten months after Sandy, about 60 percent of the community has returned.

Long Beach, N.Y., July 26, 2013 -- In November 2012, debris filled the streets as residents started to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.Long Beach, N.Y., July 26, 2013 -- In November 2012, debris filled the streets as residents started to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

 

Jersey City, N.J., October 28, 2013 -- Before and after photo showing devastation to Liberty Bridge following Hurricane Sandy compared to the rebuilt structure. Jersey City, N.J., October 28, 2013 -- Before and after photo showing devastation to Liberty Bridge following Hurricane Sandy compared to the rebuilt structure.

Jersey City, N.J., October 28, 2013 -- Before and after images of the Central Railroad Terminal damage sustained by Hurricane Sandy. The historical building received over four feet of water and incurred $6 million in damages from the hurricane. Jersey City, N.J., October 28, 2013 -- Before and after images of the Central Railroad Terminal damage sustained by Hurricane Sandy. The historical building received over four feet of water and incurred $6 million in damages from the hurricane.

Seaside Heights, N.J., October 28, 2013 -- A before and after image of the damage sustained to the Seaside Heights Pier following Hurricane Sandy.Seaside Heights, N.J., October 28, 2013 -- A before and after image of the damage sustained to the Seaside Heights Pier following Hurricane Sandy.

Visit the New York and New Jersey disaster pages for more recovery updates.

What We’re Watching: 10/18/13

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Throughout the recent government shutdown, FEMA was committed to supporting disaster survivors. Ongoing response operations to recent disasters have continued because this work is funded by the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), which did not lapse with other appropriations on September 30, 2013. It will take time for FEMA to get back to business as usual. We ask for your patience in the coming days and weeks as we reactivate all of FEMA’s activities following the government shutdown. Below are some highlights from this past week of FEMA activities.

ShakeOut Time!

The ground shook (figuratively) and we practiced how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On (literally) during the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill yesterday.

Millions of individuals, families, students, teachers, businesses and organizations across the country took part in the ShakeOut.   You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, and ShakeOut earthquake drill is a time for people to practice what to do during an earthquake.  So remember, if an earthquake occurs, just DROP under a sturdy table, COVER your head, and HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

Here’s how the ShakeOut played out for a few FEMA staff yesterday:

Lincroft, N.J., October 17, 2013 -- FEMA employees practice how to drop, cover, and hold on during the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill.Lincroft, N.J, October 17, 2013 -- FEMA employees practice how to drop, cover, and hold on during the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill.

Although the ShakeOut is over, we encourage you to continue to practice earthquake drills along with other safety drills to prepare your family and friends for an emergency.  And even though the Great ShakeOut was yesterday, you can still be counted as a participant (along with over 18 million Americans) by registering at the Great ShakeOut website.

Visit www.shakeout.org for more information on the ShakeOut and remember, if the ground starts shaking, Drop, Cover and Hold On.

 

Fort Collins, Colo., October 16, 2013 -- Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams working in Big Elk Meadows to register disaster survivors, coordinate outreach efforts.Fort Collins, Colo., October 16, 2013 -- Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams working in Big Elk Meadows to register disaster survivors, coordinate outreach efforts.

Colorado Flood Recovery Continues

We continue to support ongoing recovery efforts underway in Colorado following last month’s flooding. To date, more than 12,500 impacted individuals and families have been approved for FEMA assistance, accounting for more than $44 million in approved assistance. Here are a few photos highlighting the work being done to assist residents during the recovery process.

Fort Collins, Colo., October 16, 2013 -- Denver Mobile Emergency Response System (MERS) deploys a inflatable satellite dish in support of Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSAT) working in the isolated community of Big Elk Meadows to register disaster survivors.Fort Collins, Colo., October 16, 2013 -- Denver Mobile Emergency Response System (MERS) deploys a inflatable satellite dish in support of Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSAT) working in the isolated community of Big Elk Meadows to register disaster survivors.

Loveland, Colo., October 11, 2013 -- FEMA Hazardous Mitigation Community Education Outeach (CEU) specialist Amelia Pino discusses the various programs that FEMA is offering to residents affected by recent flooding at a Lowe's Hardware Store. FEMA is working with local, state, businesses and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by the flooding.Loveland, Colo., October 11, 2013 -- FEMA Hazardous Mitigation Community Education Outeach (CEU) specialist Amelia Pino discusses the various programs that FEMA is offering to residents affected by recent flooding at a Lowe's Hardware Store. FEMA is working with local, state, businesses and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by the flooding.

Jamestown, Colo., October 9, 2013 -- Deane Criswell, FEMA Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer, and Dan Alexander, FEMA Long Term Recovery Director, look at map which shows the course of the flood waters in and around the Jamestown, CO area. FEMA is working with local, state, volunteer and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by flooding.Jamestown, Colo., October 9, 2013 -- Deane Criswell, FEMA Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer, and Dan Alexander, FEMA Long Term Recovery Director, look at map which shows the course of the flood waters in and around the Jamestown, CO area. FEMA is working with local, state, volunteer and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by flooding.

Jamestown, Colo., October 2, 2013 -- FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams arrive via helicopter in the isolated community of Jamestown to help register disaster survivors for disaster assistance.Jamestown, Colo., October 2, 2013 -- FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams arrive via helicopter in the isolated community of Jamestown to help register disaster survivors for disaster assistance.

Jamestown, Colo., October 2, 2013 -- FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams arrive in Jamestown to go door to door to make sure any residents still in town are registered for assistance with FEMA.Jamestown, Colo., October 2, 2013 -- FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams arrive in Jamestown to go door to door to make sure any residents still in town are registered for assistance with FEMA.

Lyons, Colo., October 2, 2013 -- William Lindsey, a FEMA Public Affairs Officer (PIO) talks with a TV reporter who was documenting a housing inspection in Lyons, Colo. FEMA provides housing inspection to eligible FEMA applicants.Lyons, Colo., October 2, 2013 -- William Lindsey, a FEMA Public Affairs Officer (PIO) talks with a TV reporter who was documenting a housing inspection in Lyons, Colo. FEMA provides housing inspection to eligible FEMA applicants.

Lyons, Co, October 7, 2013 -- A Salvation Army volunteer gives a resident food at a temporary disaster recovery site in Lyons, Colo. The town of Lyons experienced significant damage when flood waters hit the town.Lyons, Co, October 7, 2013 -- A Salvation Army volunteer gives a resident food at a temporary disaster recovery site in Lyons, Colo. The town of Lyons experienced significant damage when flood waters hit the town.

Preparing for Tropical Storm Karen and Central U.S. Severe Weather

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nrcc staff work at desksOctober 4, 2013 - Staff work in FEMA's National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. in response to Tropical Storm Karen.

FEMA is preparing and coordinating with our partners for Tropical Storm Karen and the severe weather threat for the Central U.S. We’re encouraging those in the Gulf Coast and Central U.S. states to take time to make sure they’re getting prepared.  Here are some steps you can take today to prepare for any severe weather threat, including tropical storms, damaging winds, and severe thunderstorms:

  • Finish reviewing your family’s emergency plan (include your kids, too).  Plan for scenarios such as how you’d stay in touch during a storm, where you could meet up in the event of an emergency, and who your out of town contact is, should communications become difficult in the impacted areas.
  • Check on your family’s emergency supplies.  Basic supplies include:
    • battery-powered radio
    • flashlight
    • extra batteries
    • cell phone charger
    • medicines
    • non-perishable food
    • first aid supplies.

      red cross emergency kit photoA Red Cross "ready to go" preparedness kit showing the bag and it's contents. Red Cross photograph.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast in your area by monitoring local radio and TV reports. It’s also important to note that local officials may send out Wireless Emergency Alerts to provide brief, critical instructions to warn about imminent threats like severe weather. If you receive an alert like the one below, please follow the instructions in the message.

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    During all phases of a storm, continue to listen and follow the instructions of local officials. If Tropical Storm Karen brings significant rainfall to your area, follow local safety instructions and stay away from flooded roads – remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown. Follow ongoing updates from trusted emergency management accounts on social media, visit our Social Hub on your mobile device and computer
  • Download the FEMA app.  It’s packed with tips on how to stay safe before, during, and after a tropical storm.  You can also use it to track what’s in your family’s emergency supply kit, as well as store your family’s emergency meeting locations.

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Finally, here is an update on what FEMA is doing to prepare for the impacts of Tropical Storm Karen:

  • Today, FEMA activated the National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C., a multi-agency coordination center that provides overall coordination of the federal response to natural disasters and emergencies, to support state requests for assistance from Gulf Coast and Southern states.  Regional response coordination centers in Atlanta, Ga. and Denton, Texas are also activated.
  • FEMA has begun to recall currently-furloughed employees necessary to serve functions of the agency that protect life and property as they prepare for potential landfall of Tropical Storm Karen, and for severe weather in the central U.S. based on applicable legal requirements and consistent with its contingency plan.
  • FEMA Regional Administrators for Regions IV and VI have been in touch with emergency management partners in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

    weather service official on phoneOctober 4, 2013 - An official at the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee, FL speaks with emergency management partners. (Courtesy of @NWSTallahassee on Twitter)
     
  • FEMA has recalled and deployed liaisons to emergency operations centers in each of these states to coordinate with local officials, should support be requested, or needed.
  • Today, three FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT), recalled from furlough, are deploying to the potentially impacted areas to assist with the coordination of planning and response operations.

We’ll continue to provide updates as needed.

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