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Author: Public Affairs
We remain committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the states and territories that have already been affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene and the states that are preparing for the storm. Through our regional offices in Boston, Mass., Philadelphia, Penn., New York City, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the states and territories that have been affected, and states that will be impacted.Over the past several days, President Obama has declared a major disaster...
Posted On: August 28, 2011
Author: John Diamantes
In anticipation of Hurricane Irene, FEMA deployed the Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1), Fairfax County’s urban search and rescue team to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. You may remember the VATF-1 from earlier this year; we deployed to Japan in response to the devastating earthquake in March of 2011 (under the direction of the Department of State). Our team is currently staged in Fayetteville and prepared to be mobilized as Hurricane Irene continues its path.While waiting for orders, the task force, made up of a 77 member team and four search canines, is currently undergoing classroom-type training...
Posted On: August 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As Hurricane Irene makes its way up the East Coast, millions may be affected by high winds, heavy rains, and potential power outages. During or after a disaster, voice calling networks may become overwhelmed, so placing a call on your cell phone may be difficult.As we’ve said many times on this blog, make sure family members have multiple ways to get in touch with each other as part of your emergency plan. So here are a few tips, including some from the Federal Communications Commission, to remember when trying to contact friends and family during or after Irene comes through your area:...
Posted On: August 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The latest forecast map from the National Hurricane Center.  For severe weather watches/warnings in your area, visit weather.gov.As Hurricane Irene makes landfall on the North Carolina coast, we’re continuing to support our federal, state, local and tribal partners in the areas already affected, and those areas that may be impacted by the storm. If your community is under an imminent threat, it is critical that residents and businesses listen to the instructions of their local officials, closely follow news and weather reports, and evacuate, if told to do so.While the “category” of a...
Posted On: August 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's note: This post was updated at 8 p.m. EDT, August 27.The administration, coordinated through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the territories that have already been affected by Hurricane Irene and the states that are preparing for Hurricane Irene.Through our regional offices in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the territories that have been affected, and states that may be impacted.Over the past several...
Posted On: August 27, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
As I’ve been saying in several video updates this week, the entire emergency management team is busy preparing for and responding to Hurricane Irene. As part of our efforts, we’re working closely with voluntary and faith-based organizations, especially those part of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (National VOAD).This important partnership is vital in helping communities and individuals prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters – because these organizations act as invaluable links to the communities they regularly serve. National VOAD is the forum where...
Posted On: August 26, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Fayetteville, NC, August 26, 2011 -- FEMA Logistics Specialist Richard Page verifies transponder numbers, truck numbers and contents of each tractor trailer entering the Incident Support Base in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. FEMA is staging equipment and emergency supplies in multiple locations to support state response and recovery efforts in anticipation of Hurricane Irene impacting the East Coast. Through our regional offices in Boston, Mass., Philadelphia, Penn., New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the...
Posted On: August 26, 2011
Author: Doug Hoell
Editor’s note: We continue to work closely with several of our state, local and tribal partners as they respond to and prepare for Hurricane Irene. Here’s a guest blog from Doug Hoell, Director of North Carolina Emergency Management, on the work being done in North Carolina.As Hurricane Irene approaches our state, the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management has been working to prepare for and respond to this event, getting people and supplies where they need to be to create the best chance for a successful response.Fayetteville, NC, August 26, 2011 -- FEMA Logistics Specialist...
Posted On: August 26, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We continue to stand ready to support the governors and those states that may be affected by Hurricane Irene. The federal government is aggressively getting ready for two phases of this operation – response and recovery – and has teams and commodities moving into all of the states/regions across the East Coast that will be impacted. For those along the East Coast that may be affected by Irene, the most important message for today is to follow the direction of local officials and make sure you’re making plans to keep your family safety.Hurricane Irene is a large, dangerous storm that could...
Posted On: August 26, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Atlanta, GA, August 25, 2011 -- The Region IV Region Response Coordination Center in Atlanta, Ga. has been fully activated to prepare for for the threat of Hurricane Irene impacting North and South Carolina. FEMA regional offices along the East Coast, in Philadelphia, Penn., Boston, Mass. and New York, N.Y. are also working closely with potentially affected states. Through our regional offices in Boston, Mass., Philadelphia, Penn., New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the territories that have been...
Posted On: August 25, 2011

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