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Author: Public Affairs
The first full weekend of 2011 is upon us.  Here’s what we’re watching:Severe weather Meteorologists are calling for a storm system to bring snow to the Great Lakes, parts of New York (including New York City), and some of the east coast into next Tuesday.  Forecasts are also calling for potentially icy conditions in much of the Southeast this weekend, so be sure to track your local forecast at and visit to get prepared. As always, we’re continuing to monitor the coming weather closely, and through our regional offices, will remain in close contact with our...
Posted On: January 7, 2011
Author: Brent Colburn
The start of 2011 means newly-elected lawmakers, appointed officials and staff are beginning their terms, both in Washington D.C., in our state capitals and communities across the country. These new officials are another important member of our nation’s emergency management team.A great way elected officials can help their constituents is to make sure individuals and communities have the resources they need to be prepared for the hazards in their communities. Back when newly-elected members of Congress went through orientation in November, we encouraged them to share emergency preparedness...
Posted On: January 6, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
Recently, you may have heard about or read a report issued by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General (IG) saying FEMA has identified approximately 160,000 applicants that may have received improper disaster assistance payments totaling approximately $643 million.Unfortunately, whether through fraud, human or accounting errors, or for other reasons, assistance sometimes goes to individuals who are not eligible for it during the response to any disaster.The payments in question were made through our Individuals and Households Program during the response and recovery to...
Posted On: January 5, 2011
Author: Don Boyce
When a blizzard reared its ugly head across the Northeast U.S. at the end of December, much of the area came to a virtual standstill.  Airports and roads were closed, and several governors declared a state of emergency to mobilize their state’s resources to respond.  Our Regional offices were in touch with our state and local partners throughout the storm.While the Northeast blizzard was a newsworthy storm, it won’t be the last severe storm this winter.  At FEMA, we encourage everyone to get prepared for winter weather before the next storm hits.  You can get started today...
Posted On: January 5, 2011
Author: Joe Threat
As 2010 draws to a close, it’s customary to reflect upon the highlights of the past year. For us at the Louisiana Recovery Office, 2010 most notably marked the 5th anniversaries of both hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It’s difficult to imagine that so much time has passed.  As Administrator Fugate pointed out, we know the rebuilding efforts have been incredibly challenging and frustrating at time, but they have also been a powerful testament to the courage, hope and determination of the people of the Gulf Coast and it’s impressive to see that progress is still moving forward at full speed....
Posted On: January 4, 2011
Author: Rachel Racusen
Severe weather in the middle of the U.S. brought in the New Year with an exclamation point.  For residents in Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, and parts of Illinois, a severe weather system moved through the area, bringing deadly storms and tornadoes.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and communities of those in Arkansas and Missouri who lost their lives during the storms.We are in close coordination with our state and local partners, as well as volunteer and faith-based organizations, as they work with first responders to meet the immediate needs of survivors....
Posted On: January 3, 2011
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
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
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
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


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