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Author: Rafael Lemaitre
America is in the midst of an unprecedented increase in energy production. Today, the United States is producing more oil, gas, and renewable energy, and becoming more energy efficient overall. These trends are increasing our energy security, cutting our carbon pollution, and enhancing our economic growth. One area of substantial energy growth is crude oil, and with this increase in production comes the need to safely transport this oil across the nation. While rail incidents have declined by 47 percent over the past decade and incidents involving the transportation of hazardous...
Posted On: April 17, 2015
Author: Gwen Camp
Doing your taxes takes time, can seem tedious, and ALWAYS involves paperwork.  Did you know the fruits of completing all those tax forms can serve a dual purpose? Tax Day is the perfect time to update your emergency kit with critical documents and information that will help you recover faster should disaster strike.  One of the best tools to help reuse those tax documents is the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), a joint publication from Operation Hope and FEMA’s Citizen Corps. It has checklists and space to identify important documents, medical records and contracts...
Posted On: April 14, 2015
Author: Jessica Stapf
Raging floodwaters, swirling winds, and startling earthquakes are just some of the hazards that communities across America face. It’s impossible to plan for every possible disaster or emergency - but it is possible for community leaders to implement a scalable, adaptable organizational system or “structure” so affected communities can bounce back as quickly as possible – no matter the event.We are excited about a new resource designed to help any community build their own approach to disaster recovery: the Effective Coordination of Recovery Resources for State, Tribal...
Posted On: April 9, 2015
Author: Shayne Adamski
The digital age has made information more available and more accessible than ever before. That’s a good thing. Information drives innovation, a more engaged citizenry, and helps those of us working for you in government do a better job providing information you need to be safe and secure. But often, a consequence of living in a digital age is too much information all at once. For example, many websites have become crowded with distractions getting in the way of the content users are trying to find.There are too many navigation links. There are too many banner ads. Sometimes, you’...
Posted On: April 7, 2015
Author: Erin Ward
One year after the devastating SR530 slide struck the community of Oso, Washington, the loss and devastation to the communities throughout the Stillaguamish Valley still cannot be understated. On Sunday March 22, 2015 families, communities, volunteers and responders came together for the one year remembrance of the SR530 landslide to honor and remember the 43 lives lost that day.Around 10:15 a.m. from both west and east sides of the closed highway, volunteers, first responders, community members, honor guard, color guard and public officials walked to the SR530 slide impact area to join the...
Posted On: March 24, 2015
Author: Alexandra Woodruff
Do you remember the best meeting you’ve ever been to?  Maybe there was a memorable speaker.  Maybe you learned things that made an impact on your career.  Or maybe it was a field trip.I’d like to share the story about a recent meeting that’s near the top of my list—the March meeting of FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC).  I’m going to talk about the three things that made this meeting special: the setting, the stories, and the vision.For those that don’t know, the NAC brings together a diverse group of experts from many...
Posted On: March 23, 2015
Author: Shayne Adamski
I wanted to write a quick update about a bunch of things going on at the agency right now – from fire grants to preparedness leaders to House of Cards.  There are a lot of updates below for different partners and customers.First, House of Cards. I’m a fan too and one of our real life initiatives is highlighted in this season. Jessica Stapf blogged about it – and other then the program being in an episode, there are no spoilers in her blog post. This is the House of Cards blog post for you to read. Enjoy.Second, preparedness leaders. The agency wants to recognize...
Posted On: March 20, 2015
Author: Jessica Stapf
The release of the third season of the Netflix hit series House of Cards provides a great opportunity to provide some insight into what FEMA Corps is all about. I wanted to use this space to share some truth about the real-life men and women who wear the “FEMA Corps” blue shirts you may have seen onscreen.*Rest assured – no spoilers here!Truth: FEMA Corps is a real program.I’m proud to be a former FEMA Corps member. The FEMA Corps program was created in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service to enable young people to help their communities...
Posted On: March 18, 2015
Author: Jason Lindesmith
My phone is constantly buzzing and beeping all day long. E-mails, social media, texts, and app notifications bombard my phone and create a cacophony of reminders that tend to all blend together.  But what if one of those texts, e-mails, or social media posts is about an emergency? Wouldn’t it be nice for those emergency updates to “rise to the top” and make you pay attention?That’s a big reason why Wireless Emergency Alerts have a distinct vibration and alert tone – the alerts are designed to make you pay attention because there’s a potential emergency...
Posted On: March 16, 2015
Author: Rafael Lemaitre
All it takes is one.One hurricane. One tornado. One flood, earthquake, or fire to displace a family, upend a business, destroy a school - or worse.  No one is immune to the threat of disasters, and 2014 was no exception. View in FEMA Multimedia LibraryIn March, we witnessed an entire community wiped away from the mudslide that hit Oso, Washington. In August, an earthquake hit Napa damaging buildings and homes.  And in September, severe weather in Michigan generated significant flooding, affecting thousands of families in Detroit, just to name a few.  But how does 2014...
Posted On: March 12, 2015

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