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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 EmilySince our last blog update on Tropical Storm Emily, we continue to monitor the remnants of what was Tropical Storm Emily. The National Hurricane Center forecasts that the weather system remains disorganized but conditions are favorable for the system to possibly regenerate into a tropical cyclone over the weekend. Our regional offices in New York and the Caribbean remain in close contact with the Puerto Rico...
Posted On: August 5, 2011
Author: Gwen Camp
Washington, DC, August 1, 2011 -- Leaders from a variety of African American communities participate in a roundtable discussion at the African American Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., August 1-2. The summit provided an opportunity for participants to discuss some of the biggest challenges emergency managers and responders face in traditionally underserved communities.At FEMA, we are always looking for ways that the emergency management team can work together to accomplish common objectives and better serve the whole community before, during and after a disaster. This week FEMA held the...
Posted On: August 4, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note at 4:45 p.m. EDT: The National Hurricane Center said remnants of tropical storm Emily have dissipated to an area of low pressure, and all watches/warnings have been cancelled.  They will issue advisories again at www.hurricanes.gov if the storm regenerates.We’re continuing to closely monitor tropical storm Emily through our Regional offices in Atlanta Ga., New York, N.Y. and our Caribbean Area Office located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As of 3 p.m. EDT, Emily continues to deliver heavy rains to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and may affect southern Florida on Saturday.We...
Posted On: August 4, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we mentioned earlier this week on this blog, as part of our efforts to better engage with the private sector, FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, and other partners are hosting a conference on Public Private Partnerships August 3-4.Yesterday, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke to the attendees and reiterated the private sector’s role as an important partner in strengthening the homeland security enterprise to better defend against evolving threats, including disasters. In fact, just recently DHS released a report regarding the progress DHS has made in implementing the...
Posted On: August 4, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
In his video yesterday, Administrator Fugate mentioned we’re continuing to closely track tropical storm Emily as it moves through the Atlantic. Forecasts from the National Hurricane Conference are calling for 6-10 inches of rain for Puerto Rico today/tomorrow, and forecasts are calling for Emily to approach the east coast of Florida later this week. Through our Regional offices in Atlanta Ga., New York, N.Y. and our Caribbean Area Office located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we’re in close coordination with our state and territory partners, including the Virgin Islands Territory Emergency...
Posted On: August 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we mentioned yesterday, we continue to closely monitor tropical storm Emily. The latest update from the National Hurricane Center includes a tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico, Haiti, Vieques and Culebera, as well as a tropical storm watch for the U.S. Virgin Islands.This video from Administrator Fugate discusses what we’ve been up to, and how you can get prepared:Visit www.hurricanes.gov for the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, and visit the Severe Tropical Weather category on the blog.
Posted On: August 2, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
I’ve posted several blog articles about the importance of engaging the private sector in emergency management – and how members of the public and government agencies can benefit from better collaboration with businesses and non-governmental organizations. As part of this effort to better engage with the private sector, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, and other partners will be hosting a conference on Public Private Partnerships on August 3-4.I’d like to encourage you to participate in with the conference, even though the seats at the conference are filled. Here’s how you can get...
Posted On: August 2, 2011
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

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