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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
Author: Rachel Little
My name is Rachel Little and I am a junior attending Monson High School.  I have lived in Monson, Massachusetts, my whole life, and couldn’t have grown up in a better place.  My town is full of strong- willed, determined people, always willing to lend a helping hand. When a tornado struck our town on June 1st, 2011, it brought our small community even closer together.  Everyone was reaching out to give support, from supplying food or water, to giving neighbors hope for a better tomorrow.  It was a very moving event to watch.  Even though I was not directly...
Posted On: November 7, 2013
Author: Joshua Ottow
My name is Josh Ottow, and I am the assistant principal at Yarmouth High School in Maine. Yarmouth is a suburban town of approximately 8,000 residents and 1,400 students, with 500 students at our high school. I serve on a team of administrators that helps plan for security and emergency preparedness in our district. Currently, we have an emergency management protocol that applies to all schools, and has additional specific information and plans for individual schools.  We feel that Yarmouth High School is already a safe school, in that we foster a trusting and respectful school culture,...
Posted On: November 6, 2013
Author: Flat Stanley and Flat Stella
We’re really excited for Halloween and can’t wait to go Trick-or-Treating! How about you?!?!As Stella and I talked about all the candy we wanted to get, we thought of ways we could remind everyone that getting prepared can be fun too!So…..We’ll use the map we drew of our neighborhood from our family communication plan to highlight our trick-or-treating path! You can too!We want to make sure to go to all of our neighbors’ houses.Our map also has our family meeting location, just in case anything happens.  If your family communication plan doesn’t include a map, maybe this weekend you can...
Posted On: October 30, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
A year after Hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen countless stories of communities coming together and neighbors helping neighbors to recover from this storm.  While we still have a long way to go, the signs of recovery can be seen across the region.  We remain committed to standing with those impacted as they continue to build back, and will continue to provide all eligible aid as this effort goes on. Visit the New York and New Jersey disaster pages for more recovery updates.
Posted On: October 29, 2013

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