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Author: Public Affairs
Today, we are welcoming 16 new members to the National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC advises Administrator Craig Fugate on all aspects of emergency management. The new members highlight our continued desire to have a council that represents a cross section of all members of the emergency management team.The NAC is comprised of state, tribal and local governments, private sector, and non-governmental partners who advise and provide recommendations to the FEMA Administrator on the National Preparedness System, National Incident Management System, National Response Framework, FEMA grants...
Posted On: June 16, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As our bloggers frequently mention, recovering after a disaster is a team effort, where the public, private sector, voluntary and faith-based groups, and government agencies work together to address the short and long term needs of individuals and the affected community. There have been countless examples of this team effort in action since this spring’s devastating tornadoes, storms and flooding.We wanted to showcase one of the many dedicated voluntary groups assisting in the recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo. since a deadly tornado struck on May 22. A group of military veterans, named Team...
Posted On: June 15, 2011
Author: Nancy Casper
Rogers, AR, June 4, 2011 --A FEMA Community Relations specialist speaks with a resident during an community event in Rogers, AR. FEMA Community Relations specialists were at the fair to provide residents about FEMA's disaster relief programs and to encourage residents affected by recent flooding or tornadoes to register for assistance.Over a month after FEMA’s arrival in Arkansas following the devastating spring storms and tornadoes, state and federal agencies have rushed over $22 million in assistance to families and communities. While much assistance has come quickly, we still have so much...
Posted On: June 14, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Even though the national media attention has faded in recent weeks, we continue to fully support the state and local efforts across the southeast and central U.S. due to the tornadoes, flooding and severe storms. The response and recovery efforts are truly a team effort, with federal, state, tribal and local government, faith-based and non-profit groups, the private sector, and the public working together to meet the needs of disaster survivors and the affected community.Here are some of the latest images from our photo library, showing our disaster recovery efforts in action. And if you are...
Posted On: June 13, 2011
Author: Dr. Kevin Yeskey
The kick off of the hurricane season in June serves as a reminder that any type of disaster can affect the health of individuals and entire communities. I wanted to share a new resource for state and local emergency managers and public health officials who send cell phone text alerts to the public after a disaster - a toolkit of texts with expert-approved recommended actions that people can take to protect their health.The text messages from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are 115 characters or fewer (including spaces), and are designed so that emergency managers can modify...
Posted On: June 10, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Potential severe weatherOver the next few days, the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is calling for drought conditions to continue for much of the southern U.S., stretching from Arizona to Florida. These drought conditions have caused wildfires to spread in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and we continue to support emergency responders and firefighters through Fire Management Assistance Grants. Widespread flooding is also expected to continue for parts of the Mississippi, Missouri, and North Platte rivers.We will continue to monitor the threat of severe weather,...
Posted On: June 10, 2011
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. Ready.gov/hurricanes has tips for creating your family emergency plan and getting an emergency kit, so check it out today. And...
Posted On: June 8, 2011

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