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Author: Public Affairs
As you may have read on this blog and in the news, spring flood season is upon us.At the end of last year, we did a post on FEMA’s role in winter weather, and thought we would share what the disaster declaration process looks like when it comes to flooding.The bottom line is that – as with all disasters – FEMA is not the team, FEMA is only part of the team.When natural disasters, such as flooding, occur, first responders are the first ones on the ground, providing the emergency assistance that protects the public’s health and safety, while meeting immediate human needs. These first responders...
Posted On: March 7, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Stormy, wet weekend for manyForecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for rain and thunderstorms across much of the Midwest for the next few days.  Large portions of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee are under flood watches or warnings due to rapidly melting snow and rainfall, so make sure you’re aware of local conditions.  We’re closely monitoring the severe weather through our regional offices in Chicago and Atlanta, and working closely with our state partners, as well as the National Weather Service.The Northeast is also expected to experience rainy,...
Posted On: March 4, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Many times, the most useful and memorable advice comes from people sharing their experiences and that holds especially true when it comes to advice on how to prepare before disaster strikes.Check out this video from a couple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and how they are taking steps to protect their home from flooding:If you live in an area that has a risk of flooding the tips in the video above are great places to start getting prepared.  Here are some other ways you can prepare your family, home, or business for flooding: Visit – for details on getting an emergency kit, making...
Posted On: March 3, 2011
Author: Deborah Ingram
Voluntary agencies are a vital part of a community’s ability to prepare for, respond to and  recovery from disasters.   Before a disaster, voluntary agencies help communities and families get prepared by providing disaster training, raising awareness regarding vital health and safety issues. After a disaster strikes, voluntary and faith-based organizations respond alongside state and local emergency responders, helping to address immediate needs of survivors. At FEMA, we engage the vitally important voluntary agency sector through Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VALs). ...
Posted On: March 3, 2011
Author: Andrew Velasquez III, Robin Finegan
The National Weather Service has issued forecasts indicating communities in the Dakotas and Minnesota are at a significant risk for major flooding this spring, and Ohio and other states are already dealing with significant floods. Indeed, disaster season 2011 is upon us, and we are working together to coordinate closely with states in the impacted regions as they respond to or prepare for flooding, and stand ready to assist them any way we can.Our regional offices in Chicago and in Denver continue to monitor forecasts, plan for extreme flooding, and anticipate the commodities and resources...
Posted On: March 2, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
As many of you know, FEMA is a sub-agency of the Department of Homeland Security, and today is the eight-year anniversary of the department. We’re proud to work alongside all our DHS colleagues every day to do our part to protect our citizens and communities and strengthen our nation’s resiliency against all hazards. As Secretary Napolitano notes in a blog post today, “homeland security begins with hometown security” – nowhere is this more true than in the world of emergency management.So as we mark DHS’s eighth birthday, we’d like to take an opportunity to thank all of our state and local...
Posted On: March 1, 2011
Posted by: Public AffairsSevere weather outlookLooking ahead to the weekend and the next few days, the National Weather Service is forecasting another round of severe weather for much of the U.S.  Much of the Pacific Northwest, along with parts of the Northeast, are expected to experience rain, freezing rain, or snow (depending on elevation).  For those in the California and Arizona, predictions call for colder temperatures than normal.  And a common occurrence for this time of the year, parts of the Midwest should be prepared for increased risk of flooding. Get your...
Posted On: February 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
With the end of winter in sight, warmer weather is right around the corner. While most of us are happy to say goodbye to our winter coats, shoveling snow, and wearing snow boots, spring also means in increased risk of flooding in many areas of the U.S. The rainy months of March and April, combined with melting snow packs, can cause water levels to rise in rivers and streams in many areas.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently published an updated flood forecast for the North Central U.S., including parts of Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and...
Posted On: February 25, 2011
Author: Lynn Canton
This winter has been an especially active one in the Northeast. While I am accustomed to significant snowfalls being from upstate New York, Region II has been busy responding to this year’s major winter storms with our federal, state, and local partners throughout the region. I would like to share one particularly valuable element of FEMA’s support of first responders, the Incident Management Assistance Team, or IMAT.IMATs are made up of dedicated and experienced senior-level emergency management professionals that are able to deploy upon a moment’s notice when requested by the state. IMATs...
Posted On: February 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we've mentioned in previous blog posts, Tim Manning, Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness, was in Christchurch, New Zealand when the earthquake struck on February 22.  Since the quake, Tim has been supporting U.S. officials as they assist in the ongoing earthquake response and recovery efforts. At the request of the New Zealand government, the U.S. Agency for International Development deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team, a team that includes the Los Angeles County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue team, also known as California Task Force 2...
Posted On: February 24, 2011


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