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Author: Public Affairs
Minot, ND, July 6, 2011 -- Parts of several neighborhoods are still under water after the Souris River overflowed its banks. We continue to support the emergency management team and disaster survivors as response and recovery efforts continue in North Dakota. Severe weather outlookAs we mentioned earlier this week, our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are calling for many rivers in the upper Midwest and northern Plains to remain above flood stage through the summer. And with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calling for additional rain in these areas over...
Posted On: July 8, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
What do Waffle Houses have to do with risk and disaster management?As anyone who has heard Administrator Fugate speak once or twice knows, more than you might think. During his days as the head of Florida’s Department of Emergency Management, Craig began to use a simple test to determine how quickly a community might be able to get up and running again after a disaster: The Waffle House test.If this comparison seems odd at first, think again.Yesterday, EHS Today, a magazine for environment, health and safety leaders, explained that major companies such as The Home Depot, Walmart, and Waffle...
Posted On: July 7, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we have seen over the past several months, historic flooding has been occurring throughout the central and southern regions. While rivers remain high around these regions and communities are impacted by the long-duration flooding, we continue to support local and state governments throughout the U.S. and are coordinating with the federal family’s response to the ongoing flooding.Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasted that the flood threat will continue this summer as many rivers remain above flood stage. This flood fight is going to be a long effort – but we...
Posted On: July 6, 2011
Author: Rich Serino
Minot, North Dakota, is currently experiencing some pretty devastating flooding. I visited Minot on Wednesday to review response and recovery operations there, to meet with State and local officials, as well as the FEMA team on the ground. State and local officials have been doing an amazing job keeping their citizens safe and supporting disaster survivors. Given the large amount of damage caused by the flooding, the fact that there has been no loss of life is a true testament to the importance of the swift actions leaders took in order to ensure safety. Mayor Zimbelman of Minot, Mayor...
Posted On: July 1, 2011
Author: Deborah Ingram
In the wake of this year’s deadly tornadoes, storms and flooding, we’re working diligently with a wide array of partner agencies and organizations to support communities recently impacted by disasters (such as Joplin, Mo., Smithville, Miss.; and Cordova, Ala. as well as many others) as they work down the path towards long term recovery and reconstruction. With these thoughts in mind, this week, FEMA hosted a Sustainable Communities Workshop – A Peer-to-Peer Discussion on Recovery in Greensburg, Kansas.While Greensburg may seem like an odd place to bring together leaders in the emergency...
Posted On: July 1, 2011
Author: David Kaufman
I’ve blogged a few times about our Strategic Foresight Initiative as we promote broader, long-term thinking about the future of emergency management.  My last post talked about nine drivers that will influence this future, and mentioned we would be exploring key issues in each of these areas.  I wanted to highlight three of these areas in this blog post, and briefly mention our approach in exploring the issues by using a combination of foresight and prediction.While the two terms seem similar, a key difference between the two is that foresight acknowledges the fact that the future...
Posted On: July 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.Minot, ND, June 29, 2011 -- Richard Serino, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deputy administrator, visits with Red Cross official at the Red Cross shelter in Minot, North Dakota during his visit on June 29.North Dakota Flooding ResponseFederal, state, and local officials continue to support disaster survivors in response to the historic flooding along the Souris River in North Dakota. Here’s a look back at our blog posts...
Posted On: July 1, 2011
Author: Michael Byrne
Birmingham, AL, June 27, 2011 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate addresses employees at the Joint Field Office in Birmingham. On Monday, Administrator Craig Fugate visited the Birmingham Joint Field Office, underscoring the agency’s ongoing focus on Alabama’s recovery from the April tornadoes. The Administrator toured the state in the immediate days following the storm, meeting with federal, state and local officials and ensuring they had the resources needed to respond and recover.In a series of joint state and FEMA meetings, we briefed the Administrator on the progress made thus far and,...
Posted On: June 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Summer is here, which often means vacations and more time on the road visiting the beach, national parks, amusement parks or camp grounds. While checking off items on your packing list, such as sun screen, shorts, towels, and gear, don’t forget a few tips to be safe and prepared while you’re on the go. 1. Pack your smartphone with safety info – Keep tabs on your latest local forecast at mobile.weather.gov, and visit m.fema.gov for safety and preparedness information on your phone. And if you’re flying to your destination, you can check airport status, travel tips, and even the security...
Posted On: June 30, 2011
Author: Glenn Gaines
With all the Fourth of July celebrations this weekend, remember to be safe and leave the fireworks to the professionals.Independence Day is a highlight of the summer and for many people there’s a lot of excitement around setting off colorful fireworks and grilling outdoors. As you plan your Fourth of July celebration with family and friends, I wanted to share a few safety tips to ensure your holiday weekend is a safe one, too.Fireworks – Leave them to the ProsSadly, every year there are many injuries and deaths caused by amateur firework use. We ask that you leave the fireworks to the...
Posted On: June 30, 2011

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