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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 pic.twitter.com/Uo0fp4eNoz— 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
Author: David Myers
History is a great teacher. Associate Pastor Ben Davidson of Bethany Community Church learned a valuable lesson during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that benefitted him and his congregation the morning of Nov. 17, 2013, when a powerful tornado tore through Washington IL. His quick thinking reminds me when disasters occur; having a plan can save lives and help pivot a community toward a strong recovery. I have learned this lesson many times through the faith leaders I’ve engaged as director of the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships.On Sunday morning Pastor...
Posted On: December 17, 2013
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. Practicing Fire Safety this Holiday Season The holidays are here – a time to be with family and friends. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when we see an increased chance of home fires.Following a few simple fire safety tips can help ensure that you and your loved ones have a fire-safe holiday season:Holiday Lighting - Inspect you holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots...
Posted On: December 13, 2013
Author: Flat Stanley and Flat Stella
This holiday season, Flat Stanley and I are here,To share safety tips as the fun draws near!We love holiday parties, we’re the first to agree,That there’s nothing like time with friends and family,So remember these facts on how to have a safe time,And join us in sharing this holiday rhyme. Remind your parents as they make food each night,To keep what they’re cooking in their sight,Because being safe in the kitchen is always polite,And the last thing you want is for your food to ignite!Only keep candles lit if someone is in the room,Otherwise they could fall and cause a fire, it is safe...
Posted On: December 13, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
 As we head into the weekend, millions of residents across portions of the southern Great Plains and into the Lower Ohio Valley are being or will be affected by a winter storm. As we’ve already seen from its impact earlier this week, this winter storm system has potential to produce moderate to heavy snow, significant ice accumulations and heavy rainfall.  Not only does this storm present hazardous travel conditions, but there is potential for major and prolonged power outages in the greatest impact areas, due to ice loading on power lines and strong wind gusts.At this time, there...
Posted On: December 6, 2013
Author: Robert Samaan
On October 21, I had the pleasure of speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Kentucky Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC).  The new CEOC, built with the help of a $10 million grant from FEMA’s Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, is a symbol of the great emergency management partnership we have with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.At FEMA, we support our partners in disasters and during their preparedness effort on the days between. Grants to states, counties and first responders strengthen communities and prepare them for the challenges of a disaster. This...
Posted On: November 25, 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.Honoring our VeteransHere at FEMA we’re fortunate to have veterans from all five branches of our nation’s military working at headquarters, in our regional offices and on the ground during disasters. We appreciate all that they have done by serving in the armed forces and all that they continue to do with their public service here at FEMA.This Veterans Day, join us in honoring our nation...
Posted On: November 8, 2013

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