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Author: Shane Cohea
On a typical Sunday in May, I enjoy attending Journey Church and spending time with the family. May 19, 2013 was not a typical Sunday.The National Weather Service had been reporting as early as May 16 that May 19 and 20 could be deadly.For the past 15 years, I have been coaching, leading, and requiring Norman Regional Health System’s 2,500 employees to have a plan to protect themselves and our patients. At the time we had 3 hospitals: Moore Medical Center (MMC) in Moore, Okla. and 2 hospitals 8 miles south in Norman, Okla.  Normally, my family travels the 20 miles with me to the hospital...
Posted On: March 5, 2014
Author: Ken Murphy
Portland Oregon is one of the coolest prepared cities in the Pacific Northwest. They continue to find fun and innovative approaches to make themselves and their community a safer place to live. A bicycle friendly city, they are the creators of the Disaster Relief Trials, which is an event designed for cyclists of all levels, where through a series of challenges the participants showcase how bikes can be used to respond to a major disaster (such as an earthquake) to transport food, water and supplies to support their communities.  This event is a homegrown, community driven practice...
Posted On: February 28, 2014
Author: Roy Wright
Helping homeowners and communities know their risk of being impacted by disasters stands as one of our top priorities at FEMA. When you know your risk, you can prepare for the worst, take steps to mitigate against hazards, and protect yourself, your family and your property.Year to year, flooding is the most costly disaster in America. Flood maps play a vital role in helping us prepare for flooding by informing communities about the local flood risk. Flood maps help communities to incorporate flood risk into their planning. They’re also the basis for flood insurance rates through the National...
Posted On: February 21, 2014
Author: Dan Watson
FEMA, through its regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Denton, TX, and its National Watch Center in Washington, D.C. as well as its federal partners, including the National Weather Service continues to monitor the winter storm that made its way up the East Coast. It brought as much as 18 inches of snow to some areas and over an inch of ice.Conditions have continued to improve as the storm moves northward into Canada; however the effects of the storm are still being felt along the coast. Earlier this week, President Obama declared emergencies for 91 counties in the...
Posted On: February 14, 2014
Author: Dan Watson
Pennsylvania emergency assistanceYesterday, President Obama made emergency federal aid available to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in response to conditions from the extreme winter weather earlier this week.  We’re working closely with our partners at the state to meet any needs, such as powering critical facilities that protect life and property.  To that end, we’ve moved and readied generators to support the Commonwealth as needed.  Winter Comes Out WestThe Rockies and Pacific Northwest must have felt left out.  Not to be outdone by all the snow we’ve seen in the...
Posted On: February 7, 2014
Author: Mike Sharon
Sounds like it could be a new Ready Campaign, doesn’t it?  But, actually, it’s the tag line for this year’s FIRST Lego League (FLL) Competition challenge: “Nature’s Fury.” Here’s the background: In early fall of each year, FLL releases their challenge, based on a real-world scientific topic. Teams of up to ten children, along with an adult coach, enter the challenge and compete by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game) and developing a solution to a problem they have identified (The Project Presentation) guided by FLL Core Values...
Posted On: January 23, 2014
Author: Dan Watson
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. Update on West Virginia Response FEMA is continuing to support the ongoing response efforts following a chemical spill in Charleston, W.Va.. The first trucks full of water for tomorrow have begun arriving in Charleston. #WVwater— FEMA Region 3 (@FEMAregion3) January 12, 2014 At the request of the state, FEMA has been delivering water to a staging area...
Posted On: January 17, 2014
Author: Lauren Kielsmeier
When Florida State University (FSU) and Auburn University (AU) met on January 6th for the BCS National Championship Game, it wasn’t just the football teams that went to battle.  For several weeks, the emergency management offices at both universities had been engaged in a fierce competition on another field – social media.Created in the competitive spirit of the BCS Championship Game, the BCS Social Media in Emergency Management (#SMEM) Challenge between FSU and AU was launched on December 16, 2013.  The competition was designed to engage students, faculty and staff, as well as...
Posted On: January 13, 2014
Author: Dan Watson
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 Storm UpdatePeople across the country are being impacted by severe winter weather. According to our friends at the National Weather Service, another winter storm is expected to affect the Central and Eastern U.S soon. The storm is currently developing over the Northern Rockies and Plains with blizzard conditions forecast for many areas in the Northern Plains. ...
Posted On: January 3, 2014
Author: Dan Watson
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.A Potentially Stormy Holiday According to our friends at the National Weather Service, a storm system is set to track across the nation this weekend, impacting states in a variety of ways and potentially disrupting holiday travel. Here’s the latest forecast from the NWS:Heavy rain is forecast from the lower Mississippi River Valley to the Ohio Valley this weekend with a risk for flash...
Posted On: December 20, 2013


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