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Author: Lars Anderson
Throughout the recent government shutdown, FEMA was committed to supporting disaster survivors. Ongoing response operations to recent disasters have continued because this work is funded by the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), which did not lapse with other appropriations on September 30, 2013. It will take time for FEMA to get back to business as usual. We ask for your patience in the coming days and weeks as we reactivate all of FEMA’s activities following the government shutdown. Below are some highlights from this past week of FEMA activities.ShakeOut Time!The ground shook (figuratively) and...
Posted On: October 18, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
FEMA is preparing and coordinating with our partners for Tropical Storm Karen and the severe weather threat for the Central U.S. We’re encouraging those in the Gulf Coast and Central U.S. states to take time to make sure they’re getting prepared.  Here are some steps you can take today to prepare for any severe weather threat, including tropical storms, damaging winds, and severe thunderstorms:Finish reviewing your family’s emergency plan (include your kids, too).  Plan for scenarios such as how you’d stay in touch during a storm, where you could meet up in the event of an emergency...
Posted On: October 4, 2013
Author: Dan Watson
Images of Colorado Flooding & RecoveryAs we continue to support the ongoing recovery efforts in Colorado, we wanted to share a few photos of highlighting the work being done to assist survivors. To date, more than 19,000 Coloradans have applied for FEMA assistance, with more than $29 million in approved assistance for impacted individuals and families.   If you’re looking for ways to help those affected by the flooding, visit HelpColoradoNow.org for a list of trusted organizations  and volunteering resources.For continued updates on FEMA’s role, visit the disaster webpage...
Posted On: September 27, 2013
Author: Eilis Maynard
Wondering how colleges and universities tackle emergency preparedness? It’s a job for the experts, many of whom joined with FEMA last week to discuss the topic.  But it wasn't an in-person meeting - we used Twitter to host a virtual "panel" of universities while taking questions from others.Emergency management professionals from Boston College, DePaul University in Chicago, Florida State University, and Virginia Tech took to Twitter for an hour on September 18 to answer questions about their preparedness methods and the unique threats their schools face.The most exciting portions of the...
Posted On: September 23, 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.Colorado flood responseWe continue supporting the ongoing response in Colorado to the flooding and mudslides that have affected thousands across the state.  As dangerous conditions are still present in many areas, we’re encouraging people to remain vigilant and follow safety advice given by their local officials. To date, over 12,000 individuals in Adams, Boulder, Clear Creek,...
Posted On: September 20, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
Although the clouds and rain may have passed, individuals and communities in central Colorado are still dealing with impacts from the recent flooding.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the flooding, especially as dangerous conditions continue in many areas.  It may take several days or longer for river levels to crest and begin to recede – which means those in impacted areas should remain vigilant to stay safe.Here’s a recap of the priorities from today:Search and Rescue operations continue, with five teams active in hard-to-reach areas.As some residents return...
Posted On: September 18, 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.Ongoing Colorado FloodingIn addition to the tropical activity in the Atlantic, we’re also closely monitoring the ongoing floods in central Colorado.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the disaster survivors and families who have lost loved ones in Colorado due to the severe weather and ongoing flooding. Last night, President Barack Obama declared an emergency for three counties in...
Posted On: September 13, 2013
Author: Darryl Madden
Last week marked the start of National Preparedness Month.  All across the country, communities are hosting preparedness events encouraging everyone that “You can be the hero” when it comes to emergency preparedness.Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of kicking off the month with partners in the New York City area. One thing we stressed at different events is how easy getting prepared can be.  For some things – like talking through a family communication plan – just takes time.  It’s not expensive at all, and the return on your investment of time will return great dividends...
Posted On: September 10, 2013
Author: Ashley Wargo, Dave Bujak
Tweeting, tagging, poking, and pinning.  This may sound like a foreign language to some, but to the FSU Alert team at Florida State University, this is everyday language.  The presence, purpose, and promise of social media can no longer be ignored, and our team has been working hard to combine the worlds of social media and emergency preparedness to help keep our campus community updated and informed.For the tenth annual National Preparedness Month this September, Florida State University has created FSU Emergency Preparedness Week (#FSUPrep) during the week of Sept. 9 to highlight...
Posted On: September 9, 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.PrepareAthon! LaunchIn case you missed it, yesterday FEMA and several of our key partners launched America’s PrepareAthon!.  The PrepareAthon! is all about encouraging emergency preparedness through community engagement and simple actions. Things like practicing earthquake safety during the October 17 Great ShakeOut, or attending a preparedness fair in your area during National...
Posted On: September 6, 2013

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