Bismarck, N.D. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has posted three new short videos on its YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/fema) about North Dakota's efforts in responding to and recovering from flooding disasters throughout the state.
FEMA's web videos are meant to capture the voice and perspective of a community involved in a disaster. These stories educate and inform others throughout the country on disaster preparedness, response and recovery as well as highlight the tribal, federal, state and local partners.
The two-to-four minute videos feature:
After all the sandbagging done to prevent the spring flooding over the years, a local farmer created a machine from a grain hopper that is faster, easier on the back and easy on the help. The Mercer County road department used it this year for the first time and it proved very successful.
Another video shows how the town of Mott, home to one of the largest peddle tractor museums in the U.S., used the floodplain it bought from residents to fund the local swimming pool, park and sports teams. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQM_OuKWG4k
And finally, one of FEMA's federal partners, the National Weather Service, launches a simple balloon daily from its office in Bismarck helping to gather state-of-the-art data on any severe weather high in the atmosphere. www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBCSzBi3_PU
FEMA has been in the forefront of federal agencies in using social media to communicate its mission. FEMA has been using Twitter (www.twitter.com/femainfocus ) since the fall of 2008 and was the first to establish an operating agreement with Google, which set a framework for others.
All videos posted on FEMA's YouTube channel are also on its multimedia site at www.fema.gov/medialibrary and available for viewing, embedding and downloading.
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The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services provides 24/7 emergency communications and resource coordination with more than 50 lead and support agencies, private enterprise, and voluntary organizations to assist local jurisdictions in disaster and emergency response activities. It administers federal disaster recovery programs and the Homeland Security Grant Program.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.