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Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: A list of emergency management agencies along the East Coast is below.  For our latest update on Irene, visit the Severe Tropical Weather category on the blog.  We’re continuing to closely monitor Hurricane Irene through our regional offices in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Atlanta. As the storm continues through the Caribbean, current forecasts from the National Hurricane Center project Irene may continue to strengthen and could make landfall anywhere along the East Coast.We continue to be in constant contact and coordination with all of our state and...
Posted On: August 23, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 21, 2011 -- Caribbean Area Division Director, Alejandro De La Campa provides the press with information about FEMA's ongoing activities in support of the Puerto Rico government response operations to Hurricane Irene.At the direction of President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano, we continue to work with our federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local partners, as well as voluntary organizations, the private sector, and others to aggressively prepare as hurricane Irene approaches the continental U.S.  In advance of Irene moving through the territories,...
Posted On: August 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's note: Video added at 1:52 p.m. EDT.Last night, hurricane Irene passed over Puerto Rico, bringing heavy rains and high winds to the island. Our regional office in New York and our Caribbean Area Office remain in constant contact and coordination with the U.S. Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency and the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, as Irene continues to move northwest this afternoon. A tropical storm warning is still in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, so if you’re in the affected area, continue to follow the direction of local officials.We...
Posted On: August 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
(Entrada de blog en español / Spanish blog post)Tropical storm Irene is currently churning in the Atlantic, where forecasters from the National Hurricane Center are expecting tropical storm conditions to begin in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands this afternoon. We continue to closely monitor the storm through our regional offices in New York, N.Y., and Atlanta, Ga., as well as through our Caribbean Area Office located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.We have positioned Incident Management Assistance Teams in both the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and they are in close contact and...
Posted On: August 21, 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.Peak hurricane season is hereSince hurricane season started back on June 1, no major storms have affected the U.S. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the season will follow suit, especially with the busiest months of severe tropical weather still ahead. We’re closely monitoring several tropical waves in the Atlantic that may develop into stronger, more organized storms, and tropical storm Fernanda that’s currently churning in the...
Posted On: August 19, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Over the past few days, we’ve shared a lot of stories about how the Joplin community has pulled together to make sure their students could start their school year on time, after the devastating tornado earlier this spring. As the students in Joplin return to school today, we wanted to share some additional stories.The Los Angeles Times had a touching article, “In Shattered Joplin, Kids Head Back to Class,” which told several personal stories from teachers and students who recall what it was like on May 22 when the tornado ripped through their city and schools. Seven students and one staff...
Posted On: August 17, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Late this afternoon, Tropical Storm Fernanda formed in the Pacific Ocean, and we’re closely monitoring the storm through our regional office in Oakland, California and our Pacific Area Office in Honolulu, Hawaii. According to the National Hurricane Center, Fernanda could strengthen some over the next 48 hours and become a hurricane by Thursday.While it’s too early to know if Fernanda will pose a threat to the Hawaiian Islands, we’re gearing up for the possibility. To prepare for all hazards, FEMA has strategically prepositioned communities at distribution centers throughout the United States...
Posted On: August 16, 2011
Author: Gwen Camp
On Friday, I had the opportunity to visit the Delaware Emergency Operations Center in Smyrna, Del. with Administrator Fugate. Jamie Turner, the Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, hosted us as we toured their facilities and talked about ways we can work together to prepare across the First State and nationally. FEMA is committed to supporting states, tribes and territories and we’re grateful to Jamie and his team for hosting us last week.Here's a video of Administrator Fugate from our visit to the Delaware EOC, emphasizing the importance of the emergency management team:
Posted On: August 16, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
It’s already been an active hurricane season and our busiest months are yet to come. While we are lucky that so far we have not had any major hurricanes threaten the U.S., as Administrator Fugate has said, it’s only a matter of time before that luck runs out. A major hurricane making landfall in the U.S. is not a matter of if, but when and we all need to do our part to be prepared. And tomorrow, you’ll get the chance to ask Craig how.Join Administrator Fugate and the Weather Channel’s Hurricane Expert, Dr. Rick Knabb, tomorrow (Wed, Aug 17) at noon for a Lunchtime Live Chat with the Weather...
Posted On: August 16, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is “A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.” With September right around the corner, I wanted to make sure you knew about the different online tools you can use to organize your community and spread the word about National Preparedness Month and emergency preparedness.First, sign up on our website to access collaboration tools, templates, calendars, and other resources. You’ll join a community of thousands of individuals, emergency management professionals, businesses, and voluntary and faith-based groups who are sharing...
Posted On: August 16, 2011

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