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Author: Craig Fugate
On January 29, President Obama signed the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013. In addition to providing assistance to individuals, families, and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, the act also included a very important amendment that impacts tribal governments.Here are the basics: the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act provides a legislative change to amend the Stafford Act (which is an act that outlines how the federal government provides assistance to communities impacted by disasters).  This amendment will provide federally recognized tribal governments the option to choose...
Posted On: January 31, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
As the risk for severe weather conditions continue throughout parts of the Midwest and South, we wanted to take a second to remind everyone in areas expected to see severe weather to take necessary precautions now. We encourage all individuals in areas where severe weather is expected to listen to NOAA Weather Radio, especially as we head into the evening and overnight, and local news for severe weather updates and warnings and to always follow the direction provided by their local officials.Here are a few severe weather terms you should familiarize yourself with now:Severe Thunderstorm Watch...
Posted On: January 29, 2013
Author: Flat Stanley and Flat Stella
 Queens, N.Y., Jan. 4, 2013 -- Flat Stella and Flat Stanley visit the FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) in Queens, NY to attend meetings with FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne, FEMA partners and associates.Stella and I went to the FEMA Field Office in New York City.We met the man in charge, a former firefighter who was quite busy.He and his staff said, “be prepared and stay smart.”They all reminded us “everyone must do their part.”When disasters hit, the whole community stays aware.In other words, there are a lot of people who care.Queens, N.Y., Jan. 4, 2013 -- Flat Stella and...
Posted On: January 29, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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.Winter temperaturesCold temperatures, snow, and ice have impacted millions across the U.S., especially in the last few weeks.  I have been sharing winter safety tips on a weekly basis in each What We’re Watching post, but it never hurts to have a few more.  If any of these look familiar, it’s because these tips were shared on many of FEMA’s social media accounts this week, too!...
Posted On: January 25, 2013
Author: John McGowan
As you might guess, it takes a high level of coordination and skill to pull off an event where hundreds of thousands of people converge on a small area to watch many of the nation’s political leaders.  Yesterday during President Obama’s public Inauguration ceremony, I jotted down some thoughts about FEMA’s role supporting our emergency management partners:The President’s Inauguration is on the televisions at the front and along the sides of the room as 25 government employees watch attentively and monitor the situation. We’re here in the FEMA Region III Regional Response Coordination...
Posted On: January 22, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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.Not too late for a resolutionEven though we’re mid-way through January, it’s not too late to update your list of New Year’s resolutions.  Losing weight, learning a new language, exercising more, or picking up a new hobby are all great – but you can also Resolve to be Ready in 2013, and compared with the others, it may be the easiest resolution to follow up on! We’re asking...
Posted On: January 18, 2013
Author: Meredith Parrish
Bronx, N.Y., Jan. 11, 2013 -- Students in the Bronx, New York, take part in learning about natural disasters and preparedness during a FEMA For Kids presentation at MARC Academy and Family Center. FEMA plays a vital role supporting State, Tribal and local governments as they respond to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy.“Does a flashlight and extra batteries belong in an emergency kit?”“Yes!” the room full of students, between the ages of 6 and 11, shout!Suffern, N.Y., Jan. 10, 2013 -- FEMA For Kids promotes emergency preparedness at Lime Kiln Elementary in Suffern, NY by teaching students how to...
Posted On: January 16, 2013
Author: Rich Serino
When people think of innovation, they usually think that it is something for the tech or design world—they don’t associate it with government or bureaucracy.  But, FEMA sees the role of innovation differently.  We recognize the value of innovation—that through innovation we can develop new and creative solutions—and deliver these solutions to those that need them the most- survivors.    We have been working on a number of fronts to incorporate innovation into our program and process.  And during our ongoing response and recovery efforts in Hurricane Sandy, we...
Posted On: January 15, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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.Cold Weather Next WeekAlthough some areas across the U.S. are experiencing abnormally high temperatures for January, the National Weather Service is expecting much cooler temperatures throughout several parts of the U.S. over the next week.  Here are some winter weather safety tips to keep in mind if cold weather is expected in your area:Limit travel during a storm – only venture...
Posted On: January 11, 2013
Author: Michael Byrne
Brian Robbins grandfather, Harry, started making paper bags with a folding machine in his garage in 1935. As a child, Robbins’ father would ride his bicycle to hand out flyers to promote business. In 1940, Harry had the good fortune to meet a wooden pail maker – someone who made wooden shipping crates – who introduced him to corrugated boxes.Many years later, the family operation went on to become Cornell Paper & Box Company, a $14 million-a-year business located on Brooklyn’s historic waterfront in Red Hook. Even on a cloudy day, one can see the Statue of Liberty in the distance, raising...
Posted On: January 4, 2013


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