Collection: Hurricane Irene

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Multimedia related to response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Irene, which affected the East Coast in August of 2011.
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September 20, 2013
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  • When disaster strikes, partnerships between government agencies and voluntary organizations, like the American Red Cross and the Vermont National Guard, can play a vital role in providing survivors with much needed assistance and life saving supplies.

    Leveraging Partnerships After A Disaster

    Video by Robert Rose
    When disaster strikes, partnerships between government agencies and voluntary organizations, like the American Red Cross and the Vermont National Guard, can play a vital role in providing survivors with much needed assistance and life saving supplies.
  • FEMA is just one part of the team. The team begins at the state and local level, including teams of volunteers that come out to help after a disaster.  After Hurricane Irene struck Schoharie, NY teams of volunteers played a vital role in response and recovery.

    Why do people volunteer?

    Video by mike mancino
    FEMA is just one part of the team. The team begins at the state and local level, including teams of volunteers that come out to help after a disaster. After Hurricane Irene struck Schoharie, NY teams of volunteers played a vital role in response and recovery.
  • After a declared disaster, FEMA opens disaster recovery centers to help survivors begin their recovery.  At a disaster recovery center, survivors receive information about state and federal resources available to assist in their recovery.

    Opening Disaster Recovery Centers

    Video by Earl Boyd
    After a declared disaster, FEMA opens disaster recovery centers to help survivors begin their recovery. At a disaster recovery center, survivors receive information about state and federal resources available to assist in their recovery.
  • The Preliminary Damage Assessment, or PDA,
is an important first step in helping affected 
communities recover from a severe weather event.

    Preliminary Damage Assessment for Public Assistance - North Carolina

    Video by Earl Boyd
    The Preliminary Damage Assessment, or PDA, is an important first step in helping affected communities recover from a severe weather event.
  • Soon after Hurricane Irene had passed, community relations teams were sent to Hatteras Island, North Carolina to assist local residents and identify potential opportunities for federal assistance.

    Community Relations Teams In North Carolina

    Video by Earl Boyd
    Soon after Hurricane Irene had passed, community relations teams were sent to Hatteras Island, North Carolina to assist local residents and identify potential opportunities for federal assistance.
  • Steven Bogdanski, an onion farmer in Pine Island, New York describes the destruction of his crops after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  FEMA, the Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture offer assistance to farmers and small business owners after a disaster.  For more information, visit www.disasterassistance.gov.

    A Farmer's Story

    Video by Judith Grafe
    Steven Bogdanski, an onion farmer in Pine Island, New York describes the destruction of his crops after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. FEMA, the Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture offer assistance to farmers and small business owners after a disaster. For more information, visit www.disasterassistance.gov.
  • Community Relations teams will sometimes
conduct what's called a "CR Blitz."  That's when
the teams return to affected areas to make
sure survivors have information they need about applying for disaster assistance.

    Community Relations Blitz

    Video by Earl Boyd
    Community Relations teams will sometimes conduct what's called a "CR Blitz." That's when the teams return to affected areas to make sure survivors have information they need about applying for disaster assistance.
  • When disasters strike farmland, the recovery usually means that the farmers have to seek help from not just FEMA, but many of their federal partners.  Some of the other agencies available to help farmers are the Small Business Administration, the Farm Services Agency, and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.  Farmers profiled in this video had, in some cases, damage not only to their homes, but they also lost crops, and equipment.

    Farmers, FEMA & Federal Partners

    Video by Judith Grafe
    When disasters strike farmland, the recovery usually means that the farmers have to seek help from not just FEMA, but many of their federal partners. Some of the other agencies available to help farmers are the Small Business Administration, the Farm Services Agency, and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Farmers profiled in this video had, in some cases, damage not only to their homes, but they also lost crops, and equipment.
  • FEMA gives information about getting help to Spanish speaking survivors.

    Para ayuda a raíz del desastre, llame al 1-800-621-3362 - Resources for Spanish Speakers

    Video by Tim Pioppo
    FEMA gives information about getting help to Spanish speaking survivors.
  • A short step-by-step video on how to register on-line with FEMA for disaster assistance. The video captures (1) the Web-based, on-line steps to register with FEMA, (2) the on-line steps required to check on the status of an application, and (3) the on-line steps required to locate a Disaster Recovery Center.

    Register with FEMA Online

    Video by Christopher Mardorf
    A short step-by-step video on how to register on-line with FEMA for disaster assistance. The video captures (1) the Web-based, on-line steps to register with FEMA, (2) the on-line steps required to check on the status of an application, and (3) the on-line steps required to locate a Disaster Recovery Center.
  • The little town of Prattsville, NY (population approximately 625)  lost many of their homes and businesses in the flooding of the Schoharie Creek after Hurricane Irene.  Town Supervisor, Kory O'Hara, describes what the disaster has done to his town and talks about the impressive efforts of volunteers helping to aid the recovery.

    Little Prattsville Takes a Big Hit

    Video by Judith Grafe
    The little town of Prattsville, NY (population approximately 625) lost many of their homes and businesses in the flooding of the Schoharie Creek after Hurricane Irene. Town Supervisor, Kory O'Hara, describes what the disaster has done to his town and talks about the impressive efforts of volunteers helping to aid the recovery.
  • New Hampshire's roads, parks and tourist destinations were impacted by Hurricane Irene, but they are recovering quickly thanks to the a coordinated effort by the emergency management team.

    Disaster Recovery Supporting Tourism in New Hampshire

    Video by Richard Cardona
    New Hampshire's roads, parks and tourist destinations were impacted by Hurricane Irene, but they are recovering quickly thanks to the a coordinated effort by the emergency management team.
  • FEMA, in conjunction with the state and county counterparts, conduct preliminary damage assessments at the beginning of each disaster to determine the level of damage and the level of support needed in each area.

    Preliminary Damage Assessments in New Jersey

    Video by Tim Pioppo
    FEMA, in conjunction with the state and county counterparts, conduct preliminary damage assessments at the beginning of each disaster to determine the level of damage and the level of support needed in each area.
  • A look at what has been accomplished since Hurricane Irene hit North Carolina.

    Hurricane Irene: North Carolina Overview

    Video by Earl Boyd
    A look at what has been accomplished since Hurricane Irene hit North Carolina.
  • The DRC (Disaster Recovery Center) in Brattleboro Vermont was set up on the ice rink floor of the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. The West Coast Shelter may be set up almost anywhere a shelter is needed.

    West Coast Shelters

    Video by wendell.davisjr@fema.gov
    The DRC (Disaster Recovery Center) in Brattleboro Vermont was set up on the ice rink floor of the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. The West Coast Shelter may be set up almost anywhere a shelter is needed.
  • Ayeshah Raferty tells her story about how Hurricane/Tropical storm Irene affected her family.

    People Care, The Ayeshah Raferty Story

    Video by wendell.davisjr@fema.gov
    Ayeshah Raferty tells her story about how Hurricane/Tropical storm Irene affected her family.
  • Demonstrate how FEMA reaches out to limited English proficiency audiences in the Haitian community and how a survivor received assistance.

    FEMA Reaches Out to the Haitian Community

    Video by Howard Greenblatt
    Demonstrate how FEMA reaches out to limited English proficiency audiences in the Haitian community and how a survivor received assistance.
  • After Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee The Commonwealth of Pennsylvainia implemented a multi-agency services approach in all the Diasaster Recovery Centers, or a one stop shop approach for survivors.

    PA implements multi-agencies services in all the DRC's

    Video by mike mancino
    After Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee The Commonwealth of Pennsylvainia implemented a multi-agency services approach in all the Diasaster Recovery Centers, or a one stop shop approach for survivors.
  • Demonstrate how FEMA reaches out to limited English proficiency audiences in the Haitian community in Creole to encourage survivors to register.

    FEMA Reaches Out to the Haitian Community in Creole

    Video by Howard Greenblatt
    Demonstrate how FEMA reaches out to limited English proficiency audiences in the Haitian community in Creole to encourage survivors to register.
  • Earle Curtis was in the path of Hurricane Irene. He weathered the storm only to find substantial damage to his home the next day.

    Earle Curtis Irene Story

    Video by wendell.davisjr@fema.gov
    Earle Curtis was in the path of Hurricane Irene. He weathered the storm only to find substantial damage to his home the next day.

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