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Author: Justo Hernandez
San Juan, PR, August 24, 2011 -- Justo Hernandez, federal coordinating officer, briefs the media regarding FEMA's support of local officials after Hurricane Irene.While much of the media attention is on Hurricane Irene's potential impacts along the East Coast of the U.S., FEMA is continuing to work closely with state and local officials in Puerto Rico - a U.S. territory that's already been affected by this hurricane. On Monday, Irene passed right over the island, bringing torrential rains and high winds, ultimately causing widespread power and water outages across the island. Shortly after,...
Posted On: August 24, 2011
Author: Karen Mills
Editor's note: This was originally posted by Karen Mills on the "Open For Business" blog from the Small Business Administration. Sometimes disasters strike without warning, such as earthquakes, including the one millions of Americans felt today on the East Coast. Other times, we have a few days to prepare, like we have right now with Hurricane Irene approaching the Carolinas. In the case of any natural or man-made disaster, small business owners should have a disaster preparedness plan in place and ready to go.It’s often difficult for small business owners – some of the busiest people in...
Posted On: August 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As Hurricane Irene continues to move through the Atlantic, we continue to be in close contact and coordination with all of our state and territorial partners in the Caribbean and along the East Coast that have already or could possibly experience impacts from this storm.  At this time, Hurricane Irene is a category three hurricane, according to the Staffir-Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.What You Can DoYesterday, we emphasized that those along the East Coast should get prepared since Irene’s future path is uncertain. As Irene continues its approach toward the...
Posted On: August 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
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 affected, and states that may be impacted.Last night, President Obama declared an emergency for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, making available federal resources to support response efforts. In advance of Irene moving through the territories, we deployed teams to both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to coordinate directly with local officials on the ground.And at...
Posted On: August 23, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: A list of emergency management agencies along the East Coast is below.  For our latest update on Irene, visit the Severe Tropical Weather category on the blog.  We’re continuing to closely monitor Hurricane Irene through our regional offices in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Atlanta. As the storm continues through the Caribbean, current forecasts from the National Hurricane Center project Irene may continue to strengthen and could make landfall anywhere along the East Coast.We continue to be in constant contact and coordination with all of our state and...
Posted On: August 23, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 21, 2011 -- Caribbean Area Division Director, Alejandro De La Campa provides the press with information about FEMA's ongoing activities in support of the Puerto Rico government response operations to Hurricane Irene.At the direction of President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano, we continue to work with our federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local partners, as well as voluntary organizations, the private sector, and others to aggressively prepare as hurricane Irene approaches the continental U.S.  In advance of Irene moving through the territories,...
Posted On: August 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's note: Video added at 1:52 p.m. EDT.Last night, hurricane Irene passed over Puerto Rico, bringing heavy rains and high winds to the island. Our regional office in New York and our Caribbean Area Office remain in constant contact and coordination with the U.S. Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency and the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, as Irene continues to move northwest this afternoon. A tropical storm warning is still in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, so if you’re in the affected area, continue to follow the direction of local officials.We...
Posted On: August 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
It’s already been an active hurricane season and our busiest months are yet to come. While we are lucky that so far we have not had any major hurricanes threaten the U.S., as Administrator Fugate has said, it’s only a matter of time before that luck runs out. A major hurricane making landfall in the U.S. is not a matter of if, but when and we all need to do our part to be prepared. And tomorrow, you’ll get the chance to ask Craig how.Join Administrator Fugate and the Weather Channel’s Hurricane Expert, Dr. Rick Knabb, tomorrow (Wed, Aug 17) at noon for a Lunchtime Live Chat with the Weather...
Posted On: August 16, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Last night, tropical storm Bret formed in the Atlantic, the second named tropical system of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. We’re closely monitoring Bret through our regional office in Atlanta as we coordinate closely with forecasters from the National Hurricane Center.According to NHC forecasts, Bret is expected to move away from the continental U.S. over the next few days.And in the Pacific basin, forecasters are following a well-defined low pressure area that is likely to become tropical cyclone Dora in the next 48 hours. There are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect...
Posted On: July 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
With the hurricane season more than a month underway, we’ve already seen a few tropical storms in the Atlantic and Pacific basins. And as we often say, the best time to prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm is before a storm approaches your community.Back in May for Hurricane Preparedness Week, we posted a series of blog posts about the various hazards associated with severe tropical weather – including inland flooding, storm surge and high winds. Earlier today, USA Today posted an article reminding people that the deadliest part of a hurricane is not high winds, as many think, but the...
Posted On: July 12, 2011