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Author: Shayne Adamski
The digital age has made information more available and more accessible than ever before. That’s a good thing. Information drives innovation, a more engaged citizenry, and helps those of us working for you in government do a better job providing information you need to be safe and secure. But often, a consequence of living in a digital age is too much information all at once. For example, many websites have become crowded with distractions getting in the way of the content users are trying to find.There are too many navigation links. There are too many banner ads. Sometimes, you’...
Posted On: April 7, 2015
Author: Erin Ward
One year after the devastating SR530 slide struck the community of Oso, Washington, the loss and devastation to the communities throughout the Stillaguamish Valley still cannot be understated. On Sunday March 22, 2015 families, communities, volunteers and responders came together for the one year remembrance of the SR530 landslide to honor and remember the 43 lives lost that day.Around 10:15 a.m. from both west and east sides of the closed highway, volunteers, first responders, community members, honor guard, color guard and public officials walked to the SR530 slide impact area to join the...
Posted On: March 24, 2015
Author: Alexandra Woodruff
Do you remember the best meeting you’ve ever been to?  Maybe there was a memorable speaker.  Maybe you learned things that made an impact on your career.  Or maybe it was a field trip.I’d like to share the story about a recent meeting that’s near the top of my list—the March meeting of FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC).  I’m going to talk about the three things that made this meeting special: the setting, the stories, and the vision.For those that don’t know, the NAC brings together a diverse group of experts from many...
Posted On: March 23, 2015
Author: Shayne Adamski
I wanted to write a quick update about a bunch of things going on at the agency right now – from fire grants to preparedness leaders to House of Cards.  There are a lot of updates below for different partners and customers.First, House of Cards. I’m a fan too and one of our real life initiatives is highlighted in this season. Jessica Stapf blogged about it – and other then the program being in an episode, there are no spoilers in her blog post. This is the House of Cards blog post for you to read. Enjoy.Second, preparedness leaders. The agency wants to recognize...
Posted On: March 20, 2015
Author: Jessica Stapf
The release of the third season of the Netflix hit series House of Cards provides a great opportunity to provide some insight into what FEMA Corps is all about. I wanted to use this space to share some truth about the real-life men and women who wear the “FEMA Corps” blue shirts you may have seen onscreen.*Rest assured – no spoilers here!Truth: FEMA Corps is a real program.I’m proud to be a former FEMA Corps member. The FEMA Corps program was created in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service to enable young people to help their communities...
Posted On: March 18, 2015
Author: Jason Lindesmith
My phone is constantly buzzing and beeping all day long. E-mails, social media, texts, and app notifications bombard my phone and create a cacophony of reminders that tend to all blend together.  But what if one of those texts, e-mails, or social media posts is about an emergency? Wouldn’t it be nice for those emergency updates to “rise to the top” and make you pay attention?That’s a big reason why Wireless Emergency Alerts have a distinct vibration and alert tone – the alerts are designed to make you pay attention because there’s a potential emergency...
Posted On: March 16, 2015
Author: Rafael Lemaitre
All it takes is one.One hurricane. One tornado. One flood, earthquake, or fire to displace a family, upend a business, destroy a school - or worse.  No one is immune to the threat of disasters, and 2014 was no exception. View in FEMA Multimedia LibraryIn March, we witnessed an entire community wiped away from the mudslide that hit Oso, Washington. In August, an earthquake hit Napa damaging buildings and homes.  And in September, severe weather in Michigan generated significant flooding, affecting thousands of families in Detroit, just to name a few.  But how does 2014...
Posted On: March 12, 2015
Author: Jessica Stapf
Community Emergency Response Teams and the work they do across the country to prepare citizens and respond to emergencies in their communities have been a focal point for us here at the start of 2015. So far, we’ve profiled what these teams do and how you can connect with them via social media. Now I want to share a few examples of the unique ways these programs practice emergency preparedness in their neighborhoods.The Harris County Citizen Corps uses the model of a quintessential Texas event – a rodeo – to sharpen the skills of their Community Emergency Response Team. The...
Posted On: February 9, 2015
Author: Craig Fugate
There are a lot of opinions floating around Washington these days about what’s at stake in the battle over funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). From my perspective as Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), I can say with certainty that the current standoff has a real impact on our ability to ensure that a wide range of emergency personnel across the country have the resources they need to do their jobs and keep our communities safer and more secure.One of my toughest days on the job at FEMA was October 1st, 2013 – the first day of the...
Posted On: February 9, 2015
Author: Allison Pfaendler
February 2, 2015 was a monumental day for me and four of my fellow FEMA Corps members.  I never had a chance to meet President Obama, let alone shake his hand. Therefore, I was especially honored to be invited to the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal event held at DHS Headquarters in Washington, DC.  When the President expressed his gratitude for our service-based organization proclaiming, “[I’m] proud of you, FEMA Corps,” my Forrest Gump moment was realized.Not only did he thank me for my service to the country, but also he made a point to greet and speak with all...
Posted On: February 5, 2015
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