It looks like most of the country will be able to enjoy relatively nice weather this weekend! According to the National Weather Service, there are not any severe weather hazards expected over the next several days. However, the NWS expects drought conditions to continue throughout parts of the South and Great Plains regions and some flooding in parts of the Northwest.
Although there are no severe weather threats, we encourage you to follow your area’s local forecast as weather conditions can change. Stay up-to-date on your local forecast by visiting weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your mobile device.
Save the Date: Administrator Fugate Keynotes Tech @ State (February 3)
Next Friday, February 3, Administrator Fugate will be the keynote speaker at "Tech @ State." The event will be held at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Here’s some background information on the event:
Tech@State: Real-Time Awareness will focus on how to use the vast amount of data generated by social media and other internet technologies to deliver real-time awareness. Specifically, we will be examining the range of challenges that exist when trying to create real-time awareness, especially in the context of breaking news or events, crisis response and citizen engagement. We’ll discuss questions like: Which data feeds are the most reliable? What is the best way to filter the data? How should the data be analyzed? What’s the best way to convey the information to the user? What do citizens expect when they use social media to communicate with governments?
Visit http://tech.state.gov for registration information, and if you’re on Twitter, follow @techATstate and contribute to the conversation by using #techATstate.
Save the Date: The Great Central Shakeout (February 7)
On February 7 at 10:15 a.m. Central time, millions of Americans will stop what they’re doing to participate in an earthquake drill and "Drop. Cover. Hold on." Signup today to participate and then check out Ready.gov/earthquakes to learn how you can prepare your home, workplace or school for an earthquake.
Picture of the Week
While touring damage in Jefferson County, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley visited the FEMA-funded Maplesville community storm shelter that housed more than 100 people who emerged uninjured following high winds and tornadoes that tore through the region in the early morning hours of Jan. 23. The governor was accompanied by (from left) by State Rep. Kurt Wallace and State Sen. Cam Ward.