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Author: Public Affairs
Potential severe weatherWinter weather will continue to impact the western U.S. for much of the weekend, bringing colder temperatures and snow in areas of high elevation.  For those on the east coast, the unusually warmer temperatures of the past few days will rush out over the weekend, bringing the potential for high winds. And as the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map shows, residents in the Midwest and Great Lakes should be prepared for heavy snow and potential flooding.  Through our regional offices in Chicago and Kansas City (MO), we're closely monitoring...
Posted On: February 18, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
Yesterday afternoon, Administrator Fugate spoke at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Louisiana State University’s Stephenson Disaster management Institute regarding FEMA's role in disaster response.He briefly spoke about FEMA's mission supporting Governor's and their emergency management teams, and how we need to look beyond a "government centric" approach to problem solving when it comes to disaster response and recovery (after, moderator Rick "Ozzie" Nelson called Craig’s remarks probably the shortest and most substantive in CSIS history).Since...
Posted On: February 18, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
As Administrator Fugate often says, "FEMA is not the team, we're part of the team". We've been working to put that philosophy into practice, engaging all members of the emergency management team - state, local and tribal governments, volunteer and faith-based groups, the public, and the private sector.A recent story from the Washington Post highlights one area of outreach we've had with the private sector: bringing in executives to work at FEMA, building collaboration points between the federal government and businesses. Here's a quote from the story that captures the initiative in a nutshell...
Posted On: February 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Social media is a hot topic in emergency management these days. Using social media can provide response agencies a way to disseminate vital information directly to the public, and it can also serve as a way for survivors to communicate with family/friends after a disaster.So how might you use social media during an emergency? Check out this graphic from Mashable.com and let us know.Other links- Read the full story on Mashable.com 
Posted On: February 17, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
Getting prepared for an emergency requires working with all members of the emergency management team, across many disciplines and at all levels of government. Preparing for a potential earthquake in the New Madrid seismic zone is no different.The New Madrid seismic zone runs through the heart of the United States, and this year marks the 200th anniversary of a catastrophic quake that struck the region. With 2011 being the bicentennial of the last major New Madrid earthquake, the emergency management team around the New Madrid seismic zone is making sure it is taking steps to be prepared for...
Posted On: February 17, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As part of our campaign to raise awareness for kids fire safety, we wanted to highlight some photos to inspire you to have a conversation with kids you know about fire safety.We're working with a host of our partners across the public health, children’s advocacy and emergency management fields, including the National Commission on Children and Disasters.  While the photos below aren’t directly from partners of this campaign, we’re hoping they give you some ideas on preparing your family for home fires. Visit www.ready.gov/kidsfiresafety to learn more, and follow the conversation on...
Posted On: February 16, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
Yesterday, we were excited to kick off our public awareness campaign on fire safety tips for families and kids, and we’re happy that word is already getting out about both the campaign and some of the ways parents are educating their children about the risk of home fires. As Glenn Gaines, Acting Administrator of U.S. Fire Administration, mentioned yesterday, we’re working with a host of partners to raise awareness of how families can keep their homes and loved ones safe from home fires.  This story from WCTV (Tallahassee, FL) highlights some of the steps Tallahassee residents are taking...
Posted On: February 15, 2011
Author: Rachel Jacky
This blog often highlights the “emergency management team”, the collective group of first responders, local/state/federal government agencies, volunteer and faith-based groups, and citizens that play a role in making the nation more resilient to the impacts of emergencies. I wanted to call attention to a group of particularly committed citizens on this team, members of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).Local CERT programs are a great resource for community members to get trained in basic disaster response skills and preparedness. They play vital role in preparing communities before a...
Posted On: February 15, 2011
Author: Glenn Gaines
Every winter, we see the number of fires in homes or apartment buildings rise, especially as families turn to alternative sources of heating during the winter months. This year is no exception – and a new report released today by the U.S. Fire Administration finds that the threat of serious injury or death from residential fires is especially high for young children under the age of five.In fact, as USA Today reports this morning, according to this new study, 52 percent of all child fire deaths in 2007 involved children under the age of four, a slight increase from the most recent study...
Posted On: February 14, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
When Bridgewater, Mass, was struck by the mid January 2011 blizzard, virtually the entire town was without power or communications. The Bridgewater Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, opened an emergency storm shelter available to the public.    Click here for information on how to start a CERT in your community.
Posted On: February 11, 2011

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