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Author: Public Affairs
When federal disaster assistance becomes available to individuals, we use many means of communication to encourage disaster survivors to apply with FEMA. One way we get the word out is through our teams of community relations specialists. We’ve talked about community relations teams in the past, after they hit the ground in Alabama encouraging residents to apply for assistance. Recently, teams have been on the ground in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and Georgia, performing door-to-door “sweeps” in affected areas. The work of community relations teams have been in the news lately, and...
Posted On: May 10, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
As we constantly say at FEMA, having an emergency communications plan is one of the most important things people can do to be prepared for disasters. And this morning, Administrator Fugate will join several of our partners in emergency communications at an event in New York City to announce a new tool that will enhance federal, state and local emergency communications plans with the public – the Personal Localized Alerting Network, or more appropriately, PLAN.PLAN is a technology developed by FEMA that will allow any customers of participating wireless carriers to turn their mobile phones...
Posted On: May 10, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor’s Note: Updated on May 10, 5 p.m. EDT  Yesterday, President Obama made federal disaster assistance available to individuals in five counties in Missouri and Tennessee, to supplement the state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding.   If you live in an eligible county and have sustained losses, you can register for assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov, on your phone at http://m.fema.gov, or by calling  800-621-FEMA (3362) / TTY 800-462-7585.If you have flood insurance, this is a good time to locate your policy and...
Posted On: May 9, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Many of you were following our blog and the activities leading up to the Great Central U.S. Shakeout conducted on April 28. Not only was the ShakeOut the multi-state earthquake drill (with 3.1 million participants), there’s no doubt that it was also the most successful drill to take place along the New Madrid Seismic Zone.  Millions of registered participants; from Atlanta, Ga. to Chicago, Ill. took part in the “Drop! Cover! Hold On!”  drill scheduled to teach earthquake safety.Students at the Milford Elementary School in Atlanta, GA participate in the ShakeOut drill. FEMA and...
Posted On: May 9, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We are continuing to support the emergency management team across the southeast as they recover from deadly storms and tornadoes.  Here are some of the latest photos from our Photo Library, highlighting some of the ongoing recovery efforts.Griffin, Ga., May 4, 2011 -- A Catoosa County resident confirms the necessary paper work for filing an application to receive federal funding for damage from the April 27, 2011 tornado. FEMA Disaster Assistance Employee Carol Hill, at the Catoosa County Disaster Recovery Center, explains the process.Concord, Ala., May 4, 2011 -- Federal Coordinating...
Posted On: May 9, 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.At the request of the respective governors, FEMA currently has teams on the ground in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee, as well as strategically pre-positioned commodities in the region to support the states.Federal Coordinating Officers have been working closely with these affected states to assist them in meeting the...
Posted On: May 6, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Getting Assistance to SurvivorsPresident Obama has made federal disaster assistance available to individuals and business owners in several states in the past two weeks – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee.  If you are in an area that has received a disaster declaration, and you haven't yet, now is the time to register for assistance.  Visit www.disasterassistance.gov to apply online, or http://m.fema.gov to apply on your smartphone.  You can also call (800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585 or visit a disaster recovery center in your...
Posted On: May 6, 2011
Author: Sandra Knight
Editor's note: updated on May 6, 4:13 p.m.On April 14, deadly storms rolled through Oklahoma, with a tornado touching down in Atoka County. As the winds of up to 165 miles-per-hour roared overhead, nearly 200 men, women, children and firefighters stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a safe room in Tushka Public School.“The death toll would have been much higher had there not been a safe room to take shelter in,” said Tushka Mayor Brickie Griffin. “We are thankful we had a safe room on April 14.”Shawnee, OK, May 13, 2010 – This photo, taken last year in Oklahoma, shows all that remains of a country...
Posted On: May 6, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
One of the most unsettling aspects after a disaster is establishing contact with family, friends, and loved ones to let them know your whereabouts. In addition, loved ones in other areas are often anxious to hear from those in the affected area to know they are OK. Since the deadly tornadoes struck in the southeast last week, we’ve been encouraging survivors to visit the Red Cross Safe and Well site to connect disaster survivors with their families. Birmingham, AL, May 1, 2011 -- A Red Cross Disaster Relief truck provides meals to residents and workers at the Pratt City deadly April tornado...
Posted On: May 6, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We are working with local, state and federal partners as they continue to battle the ongoing flooding in the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys.  Through our regional offices in Kansas City, Mo., Chicago, Ill., Denton, Texas and Atlanta, Ga., we are in close coordination with the affected states and stand poised to support them as needed.On May 4th, President Obama declared emergency declarations for Mississippi and Tennessee, and a major disaster declaration for Kentucky, which allows for additional federal support to state and local governments.Floods can occur in all 50 states, so...
Posted On: May 6, 2011

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