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Author: Tony Russell
FEMA’s recovery mission in Louisiana took an important new step recently, as I was honored to meet separately with outgoing Congressman Joseph Cao and representative-elect Cedric Richmond.Our great partnership with the state was also exhibited, as top managers from the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), also attended the meeting, along with FEMA staff, including Joseph Threat, our Acting Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Office.Before becoming the Regional Administrator for FEMA’s Region VI, I served as the head of FEMA’s Louisiana...
Posted On: December 30, 2010
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By Rachel Racusen, Director, Public AffairsAll week we have been sharing tips with you on the simple steps you can take to Resolve to be Ready in 2011. Earlier in the week, we went over how you can take the first two steps – getting an emergency supply kit for your home and you car and making a family communications plan. Now, with New Year’s Eve just a day away, it’s time to share our tips for the third and final step: being informed of the potential hazards in your community.This past week was proof that no matter where we live, we all face risks posed by severe weather and other types of...
Posted On: December 30, 2010
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Posted By: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public AffairsWe make plans for almost anything.  In a typical day, you might plan for how you’ll make your morning commute, what you will have for lunch, how you will accomplish projects at work, and what meal you will have upon returning home. As the New Year approaches, we’re encouraging Americans to take three simple steps to get prepared before a disaster strikes: get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.  Planning for a potential emergency can ease the stress of an emergency situation, and can ultimately save your life, or the life of...
Posted On: December 30, 2010
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Posted by: Public Affairs2010 was a busy and eventful year for emergency management.  Here is a look back at 2010, featuring images from the FEMA Photo Library.Note: Javascript is disabled or is not supported by your browser. For this reason, some items on this page will be unavailable. If you don't have the Flash plug-in, please Download the Flash plug-in.
Posted On: December 29, 2010
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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