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Author: Public Affairs
Potential Severe WeatherMuch of New England is forecasted to experience heavy snowfall into early this evening, and the Great Lakes are expected to have lake-effect snow into tomorrow.  In the Pacific Northwest, there is a chance for rain and mountain snow.  Our regional offices will be in close coordination with our state and local partners in case any needs arise. (See the National Weather Service precipitation forecast for the U.S.)Georgia “Get Ready” BlogSevere winter weather has been prevalent in 2011, with several storms affecting the eastern part of the country.  Here’s...
Posted On: January 21, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
As promised, the Administrator's speech from the 2011 ESRI Federal User Conference, is now available online.Let us know what you think in the comments below.- Brad
Posted On: January 21, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Remember last week when the Administrator was on the West Coast meeting with tech companies to talk about social media, technology, emergency management, and ways to better assist the public in getting prepared, by using the tools they use on a daily basis?Well two of the places Craig visited were Wired Magazine and Twitter. During his visit to Wired, Craig recorded a podcast. It’s up and you can listen to it on their website.And here’s a quick video Craig filmed after his meeting with Twitter.Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Posted On: January 20, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
On the heels of his trip to the West Coast to meet with representatives of Twitter, Apple, Facebook and Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist), yesterday Administrator Fugate made the keynote address at the 2011 ESRI Federal User Conference here in Washington, DC.The Administrator talked about the importance of leveraging the tools that people use every day, specifically social media, so that FEMA can better communicate with our customers – the American people. We hope to have the full video of his remarks available soon (and will post it here on the blog).After his remarks, Craig sat down...
Posted On: January 20, 2011
Author: Denis Rousselle
Last week, I had the pleasure of celebrating a momentous event - a ribbon cutting for the first completed, FEMA-funded school in Plaquemines Parish, our Learning Center in Port Sulphur, La. Designed as a safe-haven for students with challenges, the Learning Center fulfills an important, state-mandated need for the residents of our Parish. Like much of the Gulf Coast, Plaquemines was hit hard by Katrina, and the hurricane destroyed not one, not two, but five of the schools we have here.  However, with the help of FEMA and the state, I can proudly say that we are building back better...
Posted On: January 19, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
In case you missed it, I wanted to share a recent story by the Christian Science Monitor highlighting Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK). A Random Hacks of Kindness is where developers and tech-savvy volunteers come together for a weekend to develop software solutions for challenges facing humanity. Imagine that, hacking for good. As the Christian Science Monitor article notes, last year, Administrator Fugate challenged the group to create a mobile phone application where disaster survivors could tell friends and relatives that they are OK – without overwhelming the cell phone service capacity...
Posted On: January 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Pacific Northwest severe weatherThe Pacific Northwest is experiencing heavy precipitation as severe weather rolls through the area. In areas of lower elevation, heavy rain is expected through the weekend, with the possibility of localized flooding. Higher elevations may experience significant levels of snowfall.Our regional office in Seattle, Washington is in close contact with state and local officials in case any needs arise. Throughout the weekend, we urge residents in affected areas to track local news and weather reports and follow the guidance of local officials.Northeast cleanup...
Posted On: January 14, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
Yesterday I had a very productive day in California talking about social media, technology, emergency management, and ways to assist the public in getting prepared, by using the tools they use on a daily basis. Check out this short video to see who I met with:In addition to meeting with fellow “Craig”, Craig Newmark (the founder of Craigslist), I also met with editors from Wired Magazine, Twitter, Apple and Facebook.Some of the things we discussed included:The need to provide information to the public as data feeds, because they are a key member of our emergency management team;The importance...
Posted On: January 14, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
Feeling creative and interested in emergency preparedness?  Want to participate in our ongoing challenge?  We’ve got just the thing for you. As part of Administrator Fugate's challenge, we're looking for ideas on how your family, school, workplace or community can be better prepared before a disaster strikes.  Maybe your idea is about the best way to start a Community Emergency Response Team in your community.  Or perhaps you’d like to see preparedness information passed out in your local school system.If you have an idea on preparedness, we’d love to hear about it....
Posted On: January 13, 2011
Author: Lynn Canton
As several blog posts have pointed out, strengthening the emergency management team is vital to how well communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from, disasters.  After two and a half years as the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) Director, I would like to welcome back Mark Walters to our regional office in New York, NY.Mark's career with FEMA can be directly attributed to his personal experience with Hurricane Hugo in 1989.  Born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), he was working in St. Thomas when his employer's entire fleet of...
Posted On: January 13, 2011

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