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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
Author: Public Affairs
We've been closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Wilma, which passed over American Samoa on Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, a Wind Advisory remains in effect, today, for Tutuila, Aunuu and Manua. A wind advisory means winds of 30 mph or higher are expected.  Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms are forecast through tonight, and scattered showers are expected through Saturday.A single shelter remains open on the island and local response agencies, including the American Red Cross, are addressing immediate needs.  No significant damage or casualties have been...
Posted On: January 25, 2011
Author: Gracia Szczech
Last May, Tennessee was hit with deadly flooding, affecting thousands of residents across 46 counties.  The entire emergency management team responded, providing assistance to disaster survivors in the affected communities. The recovery efforts have been and continue to be an important part of our work here at FEMA, as we keep working with our partners at the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, with local officials, the private sector, faith-based and voluntary groups, and many others to help the impacted communities rebuild.In short, this recovery has continued to be - and shows the...
Posted On: January 24, 2011
Author: Tony Russell
Nearly all of the 92,000 Louisiana families living in travel trailers, mobile homes and park models following hurricanes Katrina and Rita have transitioned into longer term housing. This is a real, tangible sign of progress in the ongoing recovery of Louisiana. However, it is clear that the less than 500 remaining families are in need of additional resources before they can move on.That is why I participated in the Team Approach Conference at the Louisiana Recovery Office (LRO) in New Orleans this week. It was the latest effort, hosted by FEMA in partnership with the State of Louisiana, to...
Posted On: January 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been closely monitoring Tropical Cyclone Wilma, which developed in the Pacific over the weekend and is intensifying as it forecasted to pass over American Samoa this evening. According to the National Weather Service, Wilma currently has sustained winds of up to 60 miles per hour and is forecasted to reach hurricane strength as it approaches the islands. A storm warning, flash flood watch and high surf warnings are all in effect for American Samoa, and a hurricane warning has been issued for the islands of Tutuila and Aunuu.FEMA staff in our...
Posted On: January 23, 2011
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

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