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What we're watching: 12/17/10

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Going into the weekend, here’s what’s on our radar screen:

Potential severe weather
Our friends at the National Weather Service (NWS) are calling for one to three inches of rain for much of the California coast up into Oregon. In the mountainous areas of the region, heavy snow is expected. For the southeast portion of the U.S., forecasters are calling for weekend rain along the north Gulf Coast region. Winter weather is expected to continue for the east coast, and some portions of the region may see snow later this weekend.

Make sure you’re prepared for any severe weather that could come your way this weekend. For more detailed forecasts in your local area, visit the NWS website (or bookmark it on your mobile phone).

A cartoonist's take on Twitter & earthquake notification
For the social media users among us, check out this comic on Twitter users and earthquake notification. Whether it’s true or not, it shows the power of social media in notifying emergency managers of emergency situations.

Last minute holiday shopping
The holiday shopping season is in full gear, and if you’re like us, you still need to find gifts for the hard-to-please. One of the best gifts you can give is the gift of emergency preparedness. It gives people peace of mind, and can ultimately save their life. So if you’re looking for gift ideas, here are some ideas to get you started.
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06/15/2012 - 22:19


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Additionally, we in local emergency management are watching the impending weather shift in Washington State.<br /><br />As you may recall, we have been the recipients of a significant amount of rainfall over the past 10 days, with the ground unable to process water quickly.<br /><br />The winds expected tonight appear to be quite vigorous, coming from a direction our trees are not conditioned to withstand, and saturated soil.<br /><br />Some tree species, such as the Douglas Fir, have shallow root systems and are particularly vulnerable to falling over in strong winds when the soil is saturated with water.<br /><br />Given the weather effects over the past two weeks (connected as one mission), this may well put parts of Washington State over the top in uninsured weather damages for the purposes of requesting a Stafford Act Declaration.

Good information!<br /><br />Will you be using the blog for the daily situational report?<br /><br />Will each region have a blog?<br /><br />Will the Twitter feed update when something new is added to the blog?<br /><br />Thanks

@ kc5fm - Great questions - apologies for the delayed response. The blog will not be used to send out the daily situational report. The daily report can still be found at, or you can subscribe to the RSS feed at<br /><br />As for your second question, the blog will regularly feature content from our Regional Administrators. The blog is designed to be a one-stop-shop for "all things FEMA", so our regions will be an important part of the content.<br /><br />And finally, in most cases, the FEMA Twitter account will be updated when a new blog is posted. If you'd like to receive updates each time a new blog is posted, click on the RSS or E-mail Updates links on the right-hand side.

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