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Author: Charlotte Porter
When it comes to issues that matter, Washington never has all of the answers. Effective emergency management is no exception. We say this a lot at FEMA, but it's true: we're just one part of the nation's emergency management team. Elected officials, non-profit groups, the private sector, tribal nations, and survivors themselves from across America- working together - are the ingredients that make up a successful national effort.That's why our National Advisory Council is so important. Through this group, experts from across the nation help us guide our plans and strategies by...
Posted On: January 30, 2015
Author: Eilis Maynard
I’m Eilis and I work in FEMA’s Region 1 office in Boston. Right now, wind is whipping snow around my Charlestown apartment, and the typically busy intersection right outside my door is completely deserted - not a car in sight! I’m in the midst of what Twitter has dubbed #snowmageddon2015. Although the city of Boston is almost completely shut down (no running subway and a driving ban in place) I’m happily working away inside, safe and warm and fully in touch with the rest of my coworkers. As you can imagine, we don’t have snow days at FEMA - on the contrary, we...
Posted On: January 27, 2015
Author: Rafael Lemaitre
The worst of the #Blizzardof2015 is about to hit the Northeast. Throughout the day, we’ve remained in close contact with state, local and tribal officials to make sure there are no unmet needs. And as we continue to track and monitor this storm, we also want to make sure you have all the information you need to stay safe during the storm.  We have a full list of tips on Ready.gov, but here are three that deserve your attention right now.   Check on your neighbors. Believe it or not, when it comes to severe events YOU are very often the first responder.  So if it...
Posted On: January 26, 2015
Author: Jessica Stapf
CAPTION: NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured the center of the developing Nor'easter located off North Carolina's Outer Banks on Jan. 26 in the image from 16:30 UTC (12:30 p.m. EST). There are quite a few stories that caught our attention this week. The #blizzardof2015 is forecast to bring feet of snow to areas that aren’t used to getting that much of the white stuff at once.Our Social Hub is updated to highlight our federal, state, and local partners in the Northeast, including our Region I and Region II accounts. The Hub is a way to follow updates from trusted sources; you don't...
Posted On: January 26, 2015
Author: Jessica Stapf
CAPTION: Community Emergency Response Team members completing their fire extinguisher training. Photo Credit: Ready Houston In case you missed it (or #ICYMI for social media nerds like yours truly), we’ve been highlighting the great work of Community Emergency Response Teams across our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course, here on our blog.In my post last week, I highlighted these teams as a great way to get involved within your community this year. The work of each Community Emergency Response Team is as diverse as the thousands of communities across the...
Posted On: January 20, 2015
Author: Shayne Adamski
I know that understanding data can sometimes be daunting, especially if you’re looking at a spreadsheet with rows, upon rows, upon rows of data.To make our data easier to understand, a small project team and I have been working on an innovative data visualization tool designed to help you better understand how we support communities and help visualize it in a way that tells a story. Watch this quick video to learn more about it: View in FEMA Multimedia LibraryHere’s a link to our data visualization tool.Our project team is really excited about bringing the visualization from...
Posted On: January 9, 2015
Author: Jessica Stapf
The New Year is upon us and with that comes the inevitable, hard-to-answer question: "What's your New Year's resolution?" Many will respond with something along the lines of "I'd like to give more time to my community" or "I'd like to do some volunteering."If you are one of those who have placed this on their to-do list, you may want to consider linking up with your local Community Emergency Response Team.These teams are designed to get communities more involved in disaster response and recovery:Nearly half (49%) of these teams have volunteer...
Posted On: January 9, 2015
Author: Jessica Stapf
Fires can happen on both large and small scales in all kinds of places. This week, we’ve seen two examples that show the dangers of fire, but both stories offer examples of fire safety in action.Here in the United States, lightning struck two separate homes in Texas—six miles apart. The damage was devastating, but not as devastating as it could have been. Both families’ lives were spared thanks to some working smoke alarms.The communities affected have rallied around these families in order to help them begin their recovery. "’The neighborhood is coming...
Posted On: January 7, 2015
Author: Jason Lindesmith
Winter is here – that time of year when we’re bundling up, trying to stay warm, and getting ready for the holiday season.  It’s also a time to think about fire safety, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t recognize the amazing progress our partners are making to make our communities safer.     Here’s one example.  One of our closest partners, the American Red Cross, has embarked on an innovative effort to focus their fire preparedness campaigns - and they’re using data from FEMA to make it happen. Here’s how it...
Posted On: December 15, 2014
Author: Yajaira Reyes
My name is Yajaira Reyes, I am 24 years old and am part of FEMA Corps. I am now concluding the final round of my FEMA Corps journey and am beginning to reflect at how much this program has done for me. I started this program as someone a little unsure of what the future would look like and lacking confidence in my skills and abilities and am graduating the program completely different. This program has allowed me to work and learn alongside successful professionals and leaders at FEMA while gaining skills that will help me in my future career and life. I have had experiences this year that I...
Posted On: December 11, 2014

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