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Author: Public Affairs
The Administrator just returned from Joplin, Mo. and recorded this video to talk about the best ways to help the people of Joplin.Resources: How to help the people of Missouri (keep in mind that donating cash is the best way to help survivors - just be sure you're donating with a trusted organization) Additional information to how to help all disaster survivors
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Michael Byrne
One month ago, much of the town of Phil Campbell in Franklin County was destroyed and many residents tragically lost their lives from a series of tornadoes that swept through Alabama, leaving many residents in the community homeless. As each day passes, we continue to admire the strength of these communities as they work together to help their neighbors recover.Since the tornadoes struck, we’ve been working closely with our federal, state and local partners to meet the needs of disaster survivors. One way FEMA helps survivors after a disaster is by working with our state and local partners to...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, so we’re continuing to share ways you can get prepared before hurricane season, beginning June 1. Today, we’re sharing tips you and your family can use to create an emergency plan, so you can stay in touch, stay informed, and reduce the stress of a hurricane or tropical storm.There are several essential steps that should be a part of your hurricane safety plan, or any family emergency plan: Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Biloxi, MS, April 29, 2010 -- Administrator Fugate sits in the co-pilot seat in a Hurricane Hunter aircraft alongside Major Jeff Ragusa during his visit with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Hurricane Hunters) at Keesler Air Force Base. The Hurricane Hunters provide valuable weather data used by FEMA and other partners to evaluate active weather situations.This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and we’ve been teaming up with our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to emphasize getting prepared for hurricane season, which starts June 1.We...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Joplin, MO, May 26, 2011 -- Administrator Craig Fugate surveys a damaged fire station with a Joplin firefighter.Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend.Through our regional offices in Kansas City...
Posted On: May 26, 2011
Author: Rich Serino
One of the best parts of my job at FEMA is getting to talk with people all over the country about how they can – and do – prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for disaster. There are so many grass-roots, community-driven preparedness and resilience efforts underway in our country – it’s a topic I never get tired of listening to or sharing ideas about. What I have been lucky that I have not had to do very often, though, is follow my own advice about taking specific steps to stay safe during the moments when disaster strikes.Wednesday in Kansas City, Missouri changed that.I...
Posted On: May 26, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate, Ali S. Khan
With June 1 only days away, FEMA, CDC and the rest of the team are busy preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. And now that you’ve taken the necessary precautions to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, you can start preparing for hurricane season, too. In recognition of Hurricane Preparedness Week, we want to remind you of some simple steps you can take.  The same steps that we described in our zombie post (get a kit, make a plan, be informed) are key to getting prepared for a hurricane as well.Get a Kit and Stock UpSome useful items for your family emergency kit.After a hurricane...
Posted On: May 26, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: This blog post was updated on May 26 at 3:35 p.m. EDT.Joplin, MO, May 25, 2011 -- Administrator Craig Fugate (second from the left) and Rev. David Myers (left), director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, meet with Dr. Kevin Ezell (second from right), president, Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board, and an unidentified member of the Southern Baptist response team, in Joplin, Mo. The group is meeting inside a Mobile Emergency Response Support vehicle, equipped with phone and video communications systems.Our thoughts and prayers...
Posted On: May 26, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note, updated on May 26, 2011: an update to this blog post has been posted.Through our regional offices, we're closely monitoring the severe weather and tornado watches and warnings as they continue. We are ready to support our state partners and the entire emergency management team as they prepare for and respond to the severe weather.Here are some tips to remain safe: A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area. A tornado warning is when a tornado is actually occurring, take shelter immediately. Listen to local and state officials for emergency information and...
Posted On: May 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend.Through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL, has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck,...
Posted On: May 25, 2011

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