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Author: Public Affairs
Secretary Napolitano visited Joplin, Mo. yesterday, meeting with disaster survivors and touring the St. John’s medical facility that was severely damaged during the May 22 tornado. The entire emergency management team – federal, state, local governments; the private sector; voluntary, community, and faith-based groups; and especially the public – continue to support the recovery efforts in Joplin, as well as the other areas hit by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding this spring.For some more perspective on Secretary Napolitano’s visit, check out these stories from the Joplin Globe,...
Posted On: June 10, 2011
Author: Ray LaHood
Editor's Note: This was originally posted on June 9, 2011 on Fast Lane, the official blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.  The photos are from the FEMA photo library. The storms that hit Alabama on April 27 swept across the northern portion of the state in 42 counties, with tornadoes cutting huge paths as much as a mile wide.Tuesday, I toured the devastation in Alabama with U.S. Representatives Spencer Bachus and Terri Sewell, Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Alabama Department of Transportation Director John Cooper, and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.I must say, it’...
Posted On: June 9, 2011
Author: Damon Penn
As we often say here at FEMA, it's critical that all members of the team, whether its federal, state, local and tribal governments, or the public, have an emergency communications plan. Knowing how you would get in touch with the residents in your communities, or your loved ones, is a key part of how we all can prepare for disasters, both natural and man-made.One of the most important communications tools that helps federal, state, local, territorial and tribal authorities issue emergency information and warnings to the public is the Emergency Alert System. This system is frequently used and...
Posted On: June 9, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Hurricane season is here, and the first named storm of 2011 is currently churning in the Pacific. Adrian, currently 350 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico, is currently forecasted to move out further into the Pacific and not pose a threat to the U.S. or its territories.Even though Adrian isn’t expected to threaten the U.S., it serves as a good reminder that now is the time to be prepared if you live in a coastal area or could be affected by severe tropical weather. has tips for creating your family emergency plan and getting an emergency kit, so check it out today. And...
Posted On: June 8, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
The 2011 hurricane season began last week, so we’ve been blogging about ways you can get prepared for the hazards associated with severe tropical weather. While there hasn’t been a named tropical storm or hurricane yet this year, I wanted to share some resources you can bookmark or save that could be very helpful before, during and after disaster strikes.So whether you are a parent, student, teacher, emergency responder or website manager, the resources below will keep you connected to the latest information on hurricanes and tropical storms. Take a look and share them with your friends and...
Posted On: June 7, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
One of the reasons people don’t prepare for an emergency is the mindset that “it could never happen to me”. But over the weekend, a potentially tragic fire at the home of country singer Trace Adkins proved the importance of having a plan before a disaster strikes.According to news reports, a fire broke out in the garage and quickly spread to other areas of the home. gives an account of Rhonda Adkins, Trace’s wife, after she heard about the fire from a neighbor: Her three young daughters and their dog were inside the home with their nanny when the fire started. Rhonda Adkins was...
Posted On: June 6, 2011
Author: Michael Byrne
Pratt City, Ala., June 1, 2011 -- A homeowner does a final cleanup of his yard before the debris is removed. Operation Clean Sweep is helping residents rid their property of the storm debris.Sometimes debris is just debris. But in a disaster it can be a much-needed glimpse of humanity. My first experience with this was after September 11, 2001, where I was a deputy federal coordinating officer at Ground Zero. Facing an unbelievable amount of destruction and loss amongst the twisted steel and collapsed chaos of dust and debris, I would occasionally spot a piece of a desk, a handwritten note or...
Posted On: June 6, 2011
Author: Beth A. Freeman, Robin Finegan
The National Weather Service anticipates that several areas of the Missouri River and North Platte River could experience potentially record-breaking water levels this summer as snow melts and descends from the Dakotas and Rocky Mountains, and additional rainfall continues to be much higher than normal in some areas that feed the Missouri River Basin.Many areas in our regions are already experiencing flooding, so we wanted to provide a quick update on what FEMA’s doing to be prepared in case the flooding worsens, and share some ways to stay safe if you live in the potentially affected area....
Posted On: June 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Severe weather outlookSevere weather will affect much of the U.S. over the coming days, as forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for: above normal temperatures to continue across the southeast, continued flooding for those along the Mississippi River and in much of the Great Plains, heavy precipitation and lower temperatures for northern California, and severe drought conditions to continue across the south, especially in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. Check your local forecast at and and get prepared for the hazards in...
Posted On: June 3, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
Many of my fellow bloggers emphasize the importance of individuals getting prepared before disaster strikes. The three simple steps we stress – get a kit, make a plan, be informed – can help not only individuals, but also businesses get ready for an emergency.Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or man-made disaster never reopen, according to the Insurance Information Institute. We think this percentage is much too high, which is why we wanted to remind you of some tools that businesses can use to get prepared for emergencies: Ready Business – complete with tips and tools for...
Posted On: June 2, 2011


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