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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]Also earlier today, Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Fugate briefed members of Congress from the affected states on the preparations.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.Key Efforts:  FEMA, through our regional offices...
Posted On: February 1, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
When it comes to weather, the National Weather Service is the official source of severe watches and warnings.  For the current winter storm making its way across the country, the National Weather Service has already issued winter storm watches, warnings or advisories in over 30 states, and blizzard warnings have been issued for eight states, including Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana.But what do all the watches and warnings mean?  Here’s a quick rundown: Winter Weather Advisory means cold, ice and snow are expected. Winter Storm Watch...
Posted On: February 1, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
A large winter storm moving across the southern plains, the Midwest, and into the Northeast, will affect millions of Americans today and tonight.  The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches, warning or advisories in over 30 states, and blizzard warnings have been issued for eight states, including Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana.Here's the latest:What we’re doingThrough our regional offices in Kansas City (Missouri), Denton (Texas), Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, we’re closely coordinating with other members...
Posted On: February 1, 2011
Author: Tony Russell
Motivating residents of Dallas County, Texas This week I had the opportunity to work with our state, tribal and local partners and reinforce the need for cooperation. I began the week by participating in a joint press conference with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, Dallas County Director of Health and Human Services, Zachary S. Thompson, Texas Department of Emergency Management Director Nim Kidd and other local officials. We reminded residents of Dallas County and the surrounding counties of disaster preparation, creating a plan, having a disaster kit...
Posted On: January 31, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
It’s the start of a new week – and we're closely monitoring a major winter storm that is expected to hit many states, in many regions throughout the week. As of now, forecasters expect the storm to bring heavy snow and ice to the Midwest and as far south as Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas early this week, and to the Northeast later in the week.Through our regional offices in Kansas City (Missouri), Denton (Texas), Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, we are in constant contact with our state and local partners in all of the areas that could be impacted, as well as the National...
Posted On: January 31, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
East coast snow cleanupThe big story of the week was the winter storm that affected much of the east coast. Our regional offices in New York, Philadelphia and Boston are in close coordination with our state and local partners, but this won’t be the last winter storm of the season.  Forecasters are calling for more severe weather next week, so make sure you’re prepared with these tips from Ready.gov (see the National Weather Service forecast map).Germantown, MD, January 26, 2011 -- Heavy, wet snow blankets cars in a residential neighborhood. Upwards of 8 inches of snow fell across the...
Posted On: January 28, 2011
Author: Elizabeth Harman
Phoenix, AZ, January 19, 2011 -- Elizabeth Harman greets members of Phoenix Fire Department recruit class 11-1 during a break from live fire training on January 19, 2011. The class of 28 firefighters is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant. Last week, I visited Phoenix, Arizona to speak at the Labor Management Initiative Conference co-sponsored by the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. This conference encourages cooperation between labor and management to improve the level of service provided to the...
Posted On: January 27, 2011
Author: Dennis Campeau
As several FEMA bloggers have mentioned before, training is vital to being prepared before a disaster strikes.  For those in the emergency response community (first responders, emergency managers, government officials), training is even more important.At FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), we provide responders with knowledge to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from chemical, biological, explosive, radiological, or other hazardous materials incidents.  I wanted to highlight one such course from last week – the Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass...
Posted On: January 26, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
Since the end of October, we've been accepting your ideas for innovative and effective ways communities can get prepared before a disaster strikes.  I wanted to send out a final appeal to share your preparedness idea before our challenge closes on January 29.To date, we have published over 140 submissions from the public.  To inspire your creativity, here are a few of them:Ready RockawayEmergency Broadcast AlarmTeen Community Emergency Response Team Training (TEEN CERT)Small Business Development Center Involvement in Preparing Small BusinessesMy last blog post also highlighted some...
Posted On: January 26, 2011
Author: Richard Serino
After disaster strikes, the affected community often has a number of immediate needs.  In addition to food, clothing, shelter and medical care, communities affected by disasters often need something that is currently in short supply: blood. Having spent more than 35 years in local emergency services in Boston, I can tell you first hand that a strong local blood supply is a critical component to ensuring that first responders and medical staff can help those who have immediate medical needs during an emergency.  The need is real, the need is now.The American Red Cross, one of...
Posted On: January 25, 2011

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