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Author: Public Affairs
As we continue to support the states’ efforts to recover from the deadly tornadoes that struck over the weekend, we are also closely monitoring the threat of severe weather today for the central U.S., including in Joplin, Mo. The National Weather Service is forecasting severe storms (with the possibility of tornadoes) for parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri – if you’re in the area, make sure you are prepared for potential severe weather: Have a safe place to go in case a severe storm or tornado is imminent. The safest place is inside, in an interior room on the lowest level...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we work to support Missouri and other states impacted by the tornadoes that devastated the Midwest this weekend, and as disaster response and recovery efforts continue for the recent tornadoes and flooding in many parts of the U.S., we’re also observing National Hurricane Preparedness Week.  Hurricane season begins June 1, so now is a great time to get prepared before a hurricane strikes.Today’s focus is on storm surge, a lesser-known but very dangerous by-product from the power of hurricanes.  Storm surge is simply water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds...
Posted On: May 23, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: We added to Monday's activities and added a photo of President Obama.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. FEMA, through our regional offices in Kansas City, Mo. and Chicago, Ill., has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck, and has already deployed staff and resources to the impacted areas in Missouri to help with response needs.Both President Obama and DHS...
Posted On: May 23, 2011
Author: Beth A. Freeman
On behalf of everyone at FEMA, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed and injured by tornadoes this evening in southwest Missouri. Also, I would like to commend the ongoing work of local and state first responders for the measures taken in the aftermath of these storms to protect lives and provide immediate assistance during this very difficult time.FEMA has been in constant contact with officials at the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency since the severe weather hit. Earlier this evening, I spoke with state emergency management...
Posted On: May 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Today marks the start of National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2011. President Obama recently designated May 22-28, 2011, as National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and called upon all Americans, especially those in hurricane prone areas as well as inland areas, to learn more about how to protect themselves against hurricanes and to work together, as a whole community, to respond to and recover from them.FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are partnering once again to get the message out about the importance of preparedness for hurricanes and other possible...
Posted On: May 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Severe Weather OutlookThis spring has been filled with severe weather so far, and forecasts from the National Weather Service say it’s likely to continue in many parts of the country. Flooding is expected to continue along the Mississippi River, from Illinois down to Louisiana. Parts of North and South Dakota are also expected to see flooding over the next ten days as well.Drought conditions are projected to continue across the southern U.S., particularly in New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Florida. For your local forecast, go to http://www.weather.gov/ or http://mobile.weather.gov/ on your...
Posted On: May 20, 2011
Author: Michael Bolch
Snow Hill, NC, April 25, 2011 -- Properties in Greene County, N.C., await cleanup and recovery following the deadly tornadoes and severe storms that swept through the state April 16, 2011.It’s hard to believe it has been one month since a series of deadly tornadoes and storms ripped through several North Carolina communities, taking the lives of 24 residents and causing millions of dollars in property damages. I wanted to give a personal update on the ongoing recovery efforts in North Carolina and provide a few examples of how FEMA continues to work with all members of the emergency...
Posted On: May 20, 2011
Author: David Myers
Tuscaloosa, AL, May 6, 2011 -- FEMA Deputy Richard Serino and a Salvation Army Officer discuss ways to help survivors in the Tuscaloosa area from the April 27th tornado.Since a series of deadly tornadoes and storms struck much of the southeast last month, thousands from around the country have pitched in to help disaster survivors – by donating money, sending clothes or offering prayers.  A recent story in the New York Times highlighted the ongoing efforts of faith-based groups in the recovery, as they work with the emergency management team to meet the basic needs of disaster...
Posted On: May 20, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate, Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Silver Spring, MD, May 19, 2011 -- Administrator Craig Fugate addresses reporters gathered for a press conference to release the 2011 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane outlook.With the official start of hurricane season just 13 days away, today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual hurricane outlook, which predicts how many named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes we can expect to see in the coming months.So what can we expect this year?An above-normal season, according to NOAA scientists. Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the...
Posted On: May 19, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: We wanted to share a blog post from our friends at the Centers for Disease Control.  Preparing for a zombie attack, or other fictional disasters, can provide useful tips to get prepared for a real disaster.  The following is an excerpt of the original blog post on the CDC Public Health Matters Blog May 16th, 2011 by Ali S. Khan.There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey,...
Posted On: May 19, 2011

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