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Author: Public Affairs
  Tropical storm Emily has formed in the Atlantic, and we’re continuing to monitor the storm as forecasts project it may affect the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and eventually Florida and the continental U.S.Since our update earlier today, here’s the latest: A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Puerto Rico and the islands of Vieques and Culebra. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours. In addition, a tropical storm watch has been issued for the US...
Posted On: August 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We’re continuing to closely monitor a developing storm system in the Atlantic, approximately 1,600 miles south east of Miami. Through our Regional offices in Atlanta, Ga. and New York, N.Y., we’re coordinating closely with the National Hurricane Center and the states and territories that may be impacted as the storm further organizes and moves toward the U.S.Although no coastal watches or warnings have been issued yet for the U.S., current forecast tracks show the storm could impact Florida and parts of the East Coast, and will impact the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in the next few days....
Posted On: August 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Every Friday, we do a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.Tropical Storm Don Since our last blog update on tropical storm Don, National Hurricane Center forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for tropical storm Don to bring heavy rains and high winds to areas of south Texas, starting tonight. Our regional office in Denton, Texas has been in regular contact with the Texas Division of Emergency Management to coordinate any potential response efforts.Yesterday, the Denton...
Posted On: July 29, 2011
Author: Michael Byrne
Three months ago, violent storms and tornadoes caused devastation that changed the lives of Alabamians forever. Although we will never forget the tragedy that thousands of Alabamians have experienced, we continue to work with our partners across the emergency management team to assist the state in building communities that are stronger and more resilient.I am proud to look back on the last 90 days and see the progress that has been made. To date, 90 percent of the staggering amount of debris has been removed from the storm-ravaged areas. Nearly 88,000 disaster survivors have applied for...
Posted On: July 29, 2011
Author: Robin Finegan
Minot, N.D., July 26, 2011 -- A contractor removes debris from a storm drain during a rain storm in a Minot neighborhood. North Dakota, Montana and Utah are still seeing high water levels, as frequent heavy rain storms historically affect Colorado this time of year.July is known for hot summer days, barbeques and picnics and outdoor activities with friends and family.It also can be known as the monsoonal flow season in Colorado. It is the time of the summer where you can almost time those afternoon thunderstorms and showers rolling across the state. Recently Colorado has been experiencing...
Posted On: July 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we mentioned yesterday, forecasts from the National Hurricane Center project tropical storm Don will affect south Texas late Friday evening or early Saturday morning. At this time, forecasters do not expect a significant increase in strength before it hits the U.S., however a tropical storm watch has been issued for the south Texas coastline, stretching from Brownsville to Galveston.As we continue to closely monitor the storm as it approaches land, we wanted to remind you of what a “watch” and “warning” means when it comes to severe tropical weather. Tropical storm watch = sustained...
Posted On: July 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: As of 4 p.m. EDT, the storm system has further organized and intensified into tropical storm Don, with the current forecast track projecting landfall in southern Texas.  The National Hurricane Center website has the latest information, and we will continue to provide updates on this blog about our role.A wave of tropical thunderstorms is currently developing near the Yucatan Channel, between the coasts of Cuba and Mexico. According to the National Hurricane Center, this system is continuing to become better organized and if current trends continue, could become a tropical...
Posted On: July 27, 2011
Author: Paulette Aniskoff
Family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors are vital partners in helping communities across the country to respond to and recover from disasters. More often than not, it is these individuals who are the first on the scene, providing assistance and supporting the efforts of emergency responders. Thousands of Citizen Corps councils and partner programs throughout the nation empower the public to take action in making their communities safer and better prepared to respond to disaster, whether natural or manmade, by offering a wide array of education, training, and volunteer service...
Posted On: July 27, 2011
Author: Glenn Gaines
As we often say at FEMA, getting neighborhoods prepared and making them a safer place is a team effort, at the federal, state, local, and community level. That’s why I’m proud the U.S. Fire Administration is working with the National Association of Town Watch to encourage fire and emergency medical service (EMS) personnel to partner with law enforcement and participate in the National Night Out.National Night Out is a program to promote neighborhood spirit and public safety-community partnerships, and over 15,000 communities are expected to host local events across the country.I wanted to...
Posted On: July 26, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Recently, we have seen a lot of questions and news coverage about why tornado survivors in Alabama may or may not be receiving federal aid assistance. Disaster survivors in Alabama and other parts of the nation have been through a lot, and we’re working hard to ensure that everyone who is eligible for federal assistance gets the help they need.We’ve spoken before about questions regarding federal disaster assistance. However, we wanted to take a moment to explain FEMA disaster assistance eligibility. Individuals and families in a declared area whose essential property has been damaged or...
Posted On: July 22, 2011

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