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Author: Rachel Racusen
How many New Year’s resolutions have you managed to keep over the years?  If you’re like me, there have been more than a few resolutions that have not withstood the test of time.  Researchers say our resolutions often fail for a number of reasons: our goals were too lofty, we didn’t have a clear plan for success, or we didn’t have someone holding us accountable.At FEMA, we’re encouraging everyone to Resolve to be Ready in 2011.  As we saw in 2010, disasters can strike anywhere in America, from hurricanes in southern Texas to ice storms in the Northeast, to flooding in the...
Posted On: December 29, 2010
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Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public AffairsWith severe snow storms making all the headlines, many of you may be wondering where FEMA’s role comes into play?  Here’s an overview of what our role is when winter weather rolls in.Before a stormBefore a winter storm or extreme cold front, we’re all about preparedness.  If you follow FEMA on Twitter or Facebook, or visit fema.gov on a regular basis, chances are you’ve seen messages on the importance of being prepared before a winter storm. We obviously can’t stop the forces of Mother Nature, but we can all play a part in limiting the...
Posted On: December 28, 2010
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Posted by: Shayne Adamski, Senior Manager, Digital EngagementAt the 2010 TEDMED Conference in San Diego, CA, Administrator Craig Fugate spoke about the need to expand the emergency management team and engage all Americans in better preparing our communities before disaster strikes.He took the opportunity to challenge his fellow attendees to come up with ideas on how we can better prepare communities before disasters strike:“How can we—as we play our many roles as part of businesses, governments, medical and emergency response fields, community groups, schools and families—make our communities...
Posted On: December 28, 2010
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Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public AffairsThe current snowstorms blanketing the East Coast are another reminder that its important to take simple steps now to be prepared -- and to Resolve to be Ready for emergencies in 2011.As we get closer to the New Year, today our Deputy Administrator, Rich Serino, teamed up with the head of Massachusetts Public Safety, Mary Beth Heffernan, to urge everyone to consider making a new year's resolution that could make a real difference in the next snowstorm, flood, or hurricane: "Nearly half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. This year, why...
Posted On: December 27, 2010
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Posted by: Brad Carroll, Press Secretary(Photo courtesy of FEMA Photo Library, 2006)If you’ve turned on the news anytime in the past week, the headlines have been littered with stories of the ongoing severe weather across the U.S.  Last week, a powerful rain and snow storm affected much of the West coast.  Over the weekend, a blizzard moved in along the eastern seaboard.  Airports are closed, major sporting events have been affected, and thousands of residents are without power or sheltering in their homes.We are in close coordination with our state and local partners, monitoring developments...
Posted On: December 27, 2010
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Posted by: Public AffairsIn this video Administrator Fugate shares a special holiday message on being prepared before a disaster strikes. With New Year's right arond the corner, why not Resolve to be Ready in 2011? You can start today at Ready.gov with three easy steps: get a kit, make a plan and be informed.  From all of us at FEMA, have a safe and happy holiday!
Posted On: December 23, 2010
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Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public AffairsAt FEMA, we continue to monitor severe weather on the Hawaii islands and in the western U.S. through our regional offices in Denver and Oakland. Parts of Utah and Nevada are still getting rain, and we remain in close coordination with the Utah and Nevada Departments of Public Safety, as well as the California Emergency Management Agency. With the powerful storm system forecasted to head east in the coming days, the National Weather Service is calling for a wet holiday weekend for much of the country, whether snow or rain. Follow your latest...
Posted On: December 23, 2010
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Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public Affairs As the countdown to New Year’s Eve continues, FEMA is doing our part to encourage all of you out there still looking for a New Year’s resolution to Resolve to be Ready in 2011.  Last week, we highlighted op-eds written by Nancy Ward, our Region 9 Administrator, and Ken Murphy, our Region 10 Administrator, in the LA Daily News and the Oregonian. Yesterday, our Administrator Craig Fugate continued this drumbeat, partnering with Jim Bassham, the director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, on an op-ed published in the...
Posted On: December 22, 2010
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Ongoing severe weatherAs we mentioned yesterday, we’re continuing to monitor the severe weather in the western U.S. through our regional offices in Oakland, Seattle and Denver.  Last night, Governor Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in six California counties due to extreme weather and storm conditions. By declaring a state of emergency, the Governor makes available state government resources, such as personnel, equipment and facilities, to support and assist disaster response operations.Heavy rain is also hitting portions of Utah and Nevada, and we are in close coordination...
Posted On: December 22, 2010
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Posted by: Brad Carroll, Press SecretaryFor a lot of folks across the country, winter has already come in like a lion.  There’s been snow in the mid-Atlantic, Mid-West and Nevada is currently getting dumped on with feet of snow in some areas.  The Metrodome collapsed and California and Hawaii are currently experiencing some serious severe weather.But, as your local meteorologist will probably point out on your evening newscast today, December 21st, is actually the first official day of winter.  Which means, if you haven’t already, now is a great time to get ready for winter.Winter...
Posted On: December 21, 2010

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