Editor's Note: On May 16, we removed an image of the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map.
North Carolina disaster
Earlier this week, the President declared a major disaster for areas affected by the deadly tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding on April 16. Federal disaster assistance is available to individuals and eligible state and local partners as they work to recover from the disaster. (If you are in one of the 18 declared counties you can apply for disaster assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov, or on your mobile device at m.fema.gov).
Raleigh, NC, April 20, 2011 -- Volunteer workers band together to help survivors clean up debris and complete temporary repairs following the severe storms and deadly tornadoes that damaged or destroyed homes and businesses across North Carolina on April 16, 2011.
Potential severe weather
Over the past few weeks, volatile spring weather has been in full force, and forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for more of the same in the next week. Here are some of the severe weather highlights:
- Southern U.S. – Drought conditions are expected to continue in Texas, New Mexico, Florida and several surrounding states. Weather conditions are favorable for wildfire outbreaks in Texas and New Mexico going into next week as well.
- Midwest – Heavy rains are expected in the middle of the country, where flooding is taking place in many states. (See how we’re supporting the emergency management team in the Red River Valley flood fight.)
- Northeast – While no spring storms are expected in the next few days, forecasters are calling for high winds in Massachusetts, Connecticut this weekend.
- West – Over the next few days, be prepared for colder temperatures, especially in Idaho, Utah and Montana.
For more details, see the full hazards assessment from the National Weather Service and view your local forecast. If severe weather is in your area, remember to listen to local officials and follow local news reports for the latest information. For tips on getting prepared for the hazards in your area, visit Ready.gov.
Through our regional office in Denton, TX we continue to closely partner with the State of Texas and provide financial support for efforts to fight and mitigate the volatile wildfire conditions that have affected the state this season. We are in constant communication with Texas Forest Service and Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and will continue to support firefighting efforts, as needed.
During this fire season, the federal government has been supporting the State of Texas with 21 Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) declarations, including 15 FMAGs since the beginning of April.
An FMAG authorization makes FEMA funding available to pay 75 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling designated fires. These grants do not provide assistance to individual home or business owners and do not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.
April 22 is Earth Day – check out this blog post from Ed Connor, Acting Administrator of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration about some of the ways we’re implementing sustainable practices and encouraging the emergency management team to do the same when preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters.
For tips on how you can “go green” at home, work, or in your community, visit the Department of Energy’s Earth Day page.
Sign up to shake out next Thursday
As several of our bloggers have mentioned, the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is fast approaching. Join over 2.6 million participants in 11 states as they practice earthquake safety on April 28 at 10:15 CDT.