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Author: Lars Anderson
At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.Photos of the WeekTo kick things off, here are a few of my favorite photos from the week. For more photos, visit the FEMA Photo Library.Celebrating the Fourth SafelyWith the celebration of our country’s Independence tomorrow, I wanted to take some time to remind folks that while this holiday is indeed a joyous occasion often marked with grilling, picnics, and of course fireworks -- it’s...
Posted On: July 3, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.Severe Weather OutlookOver the next couple of days and into the weekend, our partners over at the National Weather Service expect above normal temperatures to continue across the Great Basin, Rockies, Southwest and California.  While those areas will be seeing a bit of a heat wave, flooding is possible in other places around the country.  Portions of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa,...
Posted On: June 28, 2013
Author: Rebecca Jennings
What would you do if you found out there was a tornado headed right toward you, right now? On average, you get at least 13 minutes to respond.The clock starts now:Ask yourself, would you know it was coming?How would you hear about the warning?Where would you go to safely seek shelter?What if you were asleep?Are you ready?That’s just minutes to hear about the tornado warning, figure out what is going on, make a decision about what you will do, and take action that could save your life.Now consider this:What if you were at work?School?A busy mall or dark movie theater?What would you do? Where...
Posted On: June 26, 2013
Author: Gene Gruber
While I couldn’t be there in person to present the Community Rating System plaque to the City of Altoona Commissioners during their recent meeting, I did want to recognize that as of October 1, 2012 the City of Altoona joined an elite group of communities across the country who are going above and beyond the minimum requirements to make their communities safer from flood risk.For a bit of background, the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the...
Posted On: June 24, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.Photo & video of the weekTo kick things off, here are a few of my favorite video and photo of the week, courtesy of our photo and multimedia libraries.Video: Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams register Illinois flood survivors for FEMA assistancePhotos:Newly minted FEMA Youth Preparedness Council membersIn case you missed it from earlier in the week, the FEMA Youth Preparedness...
Posted On: June 21, 2013
Author: Paul Ganem, Todd Wheeler
How well a community responds to a disaster or emergency depends, in large part, on how connected the community is.  The first step to meeting the needs of those impacted by a disaster is knowing what the needs are and what resources are available locally to meet those needs.  This disaster-related interconnectedness of a community can happen two ways: during a crisis where everyone is forced to work together towards a common goal, or by aggressively making the connections before a disaster through training and workshops. One of the courses taught at FEMA’s Emergency Management...
Posted On: June 20, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.Severe weather threat continuesMillions around the country dealt with a series of severe storms this week – and forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for a potential for storms over the Great Plains, stretching from North Dakota to Kansas today.  As this week’s storms remind us, keeping up with your local forecast and having a plan are two key steps to stay safe....
Posted On: June 14, 2013
Author: Bruce Brodoff
Hurricane Sandy, the recent, deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma and the Boston Marathon bombing are stark reminders that businesses and commercial and industrial properties are susceptible to a wide variety of emergencies.  Hurricanes, extensive flooding, blizzards, ice storms, fires and utility disruptions are just some of the emergencies that can impact a business’ operations, bringing fresh urgency to the need for business preparedness and resiliency efforts.Such emergencies and disasters have the potential to cripple or even destroy businesses – of all sizes and scope – that are unprepared...
Posted On: June 10, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.Tropical storm Andrea & the threat of floodingWe’ve been closely monitoring Tropical Storm Andrea all week long, and forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for a wet weekend for much of the East Coast.  While Andrea may not bring powerful winds, the main threat from the system will be localized flooding.  If you’re along the East Coast, remember to keep a...
Posted On: June 7, 2013
Author: Christopher Vaughan
Almost two years to the day of the Joplin tornado anniversary, a devastating EF-5 tornado hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. The path of the Moore tornado was 17 miles long and two miles wide.   After a devastating event like a tornado, assessing the damages and painting a picture of the affected community is of utmost importance.  The better information first responders and emergency managers have about damaged areas, the more effectively they can prioritize areas of needs and deliver services.From the start of the response, geospatial teams from across multiple...
Posted On: June 7, 2013

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