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Author: Sandra Knight
Calexico, CA, April 6, 2010 -- A magnitude7.2 earthquake rocked the city on Easter leavingmany facilities, roads, and public buildings closed.This photo shows damages at a home in the area. Back in December, Tim Manning spoke about our efforts to prepare for a catastrophic earthquake along the New Madrid seismic zone on the anniversary of the historic earthquake that struck the Midwestern U.S. in 1811.Since 2011 is the bicentennial anniversary, states across the central U.S. are recognizing February as Earthquake Awareness Month.  FEMA has teamed up with the Central U.S. Earthquake...
Posted On: February 7, 2011
Author: Christopher Jones
Here at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) we focus on delivering all-hazard preparedness training for local, tribal and state first responders. This training is timely, skill-based, and a critical investment in more resilient communities. Time and time again, we have seen cases of CDP alumni putting what they have learned with us to work – saving lives, protecting property and making our country safer for all Americans.A great example is what happened last spring in the attempted Times Square car bombing in New York City, NY. On May 1, 2010 a local vendor noticed smoke seeping from...
Posted On: February 7, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Severe weather continuesThe worst of this week’s massive winter storm has passed, but much of the southeast is forecasted to receive a combination of snow and ice through the weekend.  As always,  we’re continuing to monitor this weather through our regional offices in Denton, Texas, and Atlanta, and are in close touch with state and local officials – especially in Dallas, where they continue to gear up for the Superbowl.   If you’re in the projected path of the storm, make sure you’re prepared for winter weather or potential power outages.  As the storm moved...
Posted On: February 4, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Key Efforts When natural disasters, such as winter storms, strike the first responders are local emergency and public works personnel, volunteers, humanitarian organizations, and numerous private interest groups who provide emergency assistance required to protect the public's health and safety and to meet immediate human needs. Yesterday, the President announced a federal emergency declaration for all 77 counties in Oklahoma to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm beginning on January 31, 2011 and continuing. This declaration frees up...
Posted On: February 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
 McAlester, OK, February 1, 2011 -- FEMA generators are staged at the Army Ammunition Plant for rapid deployment to support emergency facilities and public buildings.One of the ways that we were preparing before this past week's severe winter weather struck was by prepositioning commodities including generators, ahead of time in areas that were forecasted to be heavily impacted. We wanted to be ready in case a Governor's team needed our support, and one of the major concerns was power outages.When most people see the term "generator", they think of small, personal generators that...
Posted On: February 3, 2011
Author: Andrew Velasquez III
Chicago, IL, January 25, 2011 -- Assistant Administrator William Carwile (left), Region IX Administrator, Nancy Ward (center), Region V Administrator, Andrew Velasquez III (back), FEMA Deputy Administrator, Richard Serino, and FEMA Director of Regional Operations, Patty Kalla (right), tour Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Last week, before the snow started to fall, I had the opportunity to tour Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) with FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, Assistant Administrator William Carwile, FEMA Region IV...
Posted On: February 3, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
Winter weather continues to impact areas across the country, and is forecasted to bring bitterly cold temperatures into parts of Texas and the Deep South today.  Impacted areas have seen a combination of snow, ice, gusting winds, and rain, making travel very hazardous. Yesterday, the President declared an emergency in Oklahoma, making federal disaster aid available to State and local responders in Oklahoma to supplement the response efforts.  We’re continuing to closely monitor the severe winter weather through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO, Denton, TX, Chicago,...
Posted On: February 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Earlier today FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano briefed President Obama by phone on preparations for the winter storm. [White House Readout]This morning FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate held a video teleconference call to discuss the latest developments with the National Weather Service, partner agencies and regional representatives to assess their needs and readiness.Administrator Fugate and the Deputy Director of the National Weather Service held a press conference call to discuss the latest developments with the storm and the ongoing federal efforts to...
Posted On: February 2, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
Washington, DC, February 1, 2011 -- Senior officials from FEMA, including Administrator Craig Fugate (center, back to camera), Deputy Administrator Rich Serino (left) and Chief of Staff Jason McNamara (right), joined via telephone by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, brief President Obama via teleconference on the winter storm that is affecting a large portion of the country. The winter storm affecting millions across the U.S. is currently moving north and east, and is expected to impact Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and the New England states today.  Through our regional offices...
Posted On: February 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
After doing some television interviews this morning talking about the team effort that is going into the response to this winter storm, Administrator Fugate recorded this quick message:For other video clips, see Administrator Fugate's interviews on PBS News Hour, Good Morning America, and The Early Show.
Posted On: February 2, 2011

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