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Author: Tim Manning
As the U.S. government continues to offer support to the people of Japan, and FEMA continues to stay in close contact with our state partners along the West Coast that were impacted by Friday's tsunami, I am traveling to Hawaii and American Samoa this week to meet with our partners in emergency management from across the pacific, and discuss how together, we can build more resilient communities.Although this trip had been scheduled for quite some time, long before Friday, what just happened in Japan underscores the importance of building strong relationships, across the entire emergency...
Posted On: March 15, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As the tragic events in Japan have made clear, earthquakes can strike with no notice and cause devastating consequences.  In the U.S., many areas are at risk for an earthquake, which is why preparing is so important.In addition to creating your family emergency plan and getting a kit, earthquake drills can enforce how to stay safe during and immediately after a quake.  One such drill is the Great Central U.S. Shakeout, a multi-state earthquake drill that focuses on the potentially life-saving actions of “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during/after an earthquake.The drill will only be...
Posted On: March 15, 2011
Author: Lynn Canton
The Northeast, and particularly the State of New Jersey, has been hit with significant flooding over the past few days. We’re continuing to closely monitor the situation along with our state and local agencies, as well the National Weather Service forecast offices.  At the request of Governor Christie, we will be assisting the State of New Jersey with preliminary damage assessments, examining the extent of the damage from the recent floods.  (See this blog post about the disaster declaration process and spring flooding.)As Flood Safety Awareness Week continues, the recent...
Posted On: March 14, 2011
Author: Edward Connor
National Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 14-18, is an excellent opportunity for all Americans to become more educated about the dangers that flooding can cause and what steps to take to be prepared for the risk of flooding.  The current flooding occurring in parts of the Midwest, Southern and Northeastern parts of the nation  are a very real reminder that floods can happen anywhere and at anytime in the United States. Flooding, the nation's most common natural disaster can and does happen in every U.S. state and territory.All floods are not alike, though. Some develop slowly...
Posted On: March 14, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The White House released an overview of the United States' response in support of Japan: Any U.S Citizens in need of emergency assistance should send an e-mail to JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov with detailed information about their location and contact information, and monitor the U.S. Department of State website at travel.state.gov.U.S. Agency for International Aid (USAID) is coordinating the overall U.S. government efforts in support of the Japanese governments response to the earthquakes and subsequent tsunami that hit Friday and are currently directing individuals to www.usaid.gov for...
Posted On: March 13, 2011
Author: Rich Serino
As we spring forward an hour for Daylight Savings, it’s a great reminder to make sure you have a working smoke alarm in your home.  Smoke alarms significantly increase your chances of surviving a deadly home fire, so we’re encouraging everyone to take simple steps to be prepared: Test and clean your smoke alarms today and on the first of every month Replace the batteries at least once a year Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence and in every bedroom Check the manufacture/expiration date on the smoke alarm (yes, smoke alarms have expiration dates) And I also wanted to...
Posted On: March 13, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
From the National Weather Service: All Tsunami Warnings and Advisories have been canceled for the U.S.Damaging tsunamis are no longer expected to impact the U.S. west coast states, Alaska, and British Columbia. As local conditions can cause a wide variation in tsunami impact, the all clear determinations must be made by local authorities.Visit this interactive map to see the latest, official NWS watches, warnings and advisories currently in effect for all types of hazards. Bookmark mobile.weather.gov/ and m.fema.gov/ on your smartphone so you're always prepared when you're on the go.
Posted On: March 12, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Yesterday, one of our updates about the Japan earthquake and tsunami highlighted the two Urban Search and Rescue teams deploying to support search and rescue operations. The teams are deploying at the request of the Japanese government, under the direction of the U.S. Agency for International Development.See more about the Virginia Task Force 1 team (VA-TF1) as they make final preparations on Facebook or their website. 
Posted On: March 12, 2011
Author: Marcie Roth
Today's earthquake and the resulting tsunami are another reminder of the need to plan for the entire community and not just plan for the easy scenarios following a disaster, as Administrator Fugate often says. Along with the National Disability Rights Network and other leaders and advocates from across the disability community, we signed a memorandum of agreement today at the White House.  This agreement solidifies a partnership in working together to make sure we are planning for and meeting the needs of people with disabilities before, during, and after disasters strike.Here's an...
Posted On: March 11, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
At the request of the Japanese government, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is deploying two Urban Search and Rescue teams to assist in search and rescue efforts in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami.As you may have seen in the news, the California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2) and Virginia Task Force 1 (VA-TF1) teams are deploying due to their direct agreement with USAID.  The teams consist of 70 multi-faceted, cross-trained personnel who serve in six major functional areas, including search, rescue, medical, hazardous materials, logistics and planning. In addition,...
Posted On: March 11, 2011

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