Every Friday, we do a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
Carolina, Puerto Rico, September 1, 2011 -- Carlos Otero (left) with Ramon Otero (right) at the Carolina Municipal Emergency Management Agency helping with the distribution of blue tarps. FEMA is currently in a joint effort with Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency to distribute blue tarps for affected residents to different municipalities in Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Irene Recovery
We continue to support the states and territories affected by Irene, as the focus of the emergency management community begins to shift from response to recovery. To date, President Obama has made federal disaster assistance available to individuals and business owners in eligible counties in Puerto Rico, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Vermont. In several other states, we continue to support state, local and tribal response efforts through a federal emergency declaration as we work with our partners to complete damage assessments (this blog post explains federal assistance before, during and after a hurricane).
Those individuals and business owners in eligible counties can apply for assistance today by visiting Disasterassistance.gov/ (or m.fema.gov on their phone), calling 800-621-3362, or going to a disaster recovery center in your area. We’ll continue to provide updates regarding our role, highlighting how we continue to work with our partners in the affected areas.
Developing Tropical Systems
As we said on the blog earlier today, we continue to monitor the developing systems in the Atlantic. Check out the blog post for specifics on what we’re doing and how you can stay safe if you live in an area that may be affected by tropical storm Lee or Hurricane Katia.
Kicking Off National Preparedness Month
In case you missed it, Administrator Fugate blogged yesterday about kicking off National Preparedness Month, encouraging you to share your preparedness tips with us and others. In addition to the Administrator’s visit to New York City, kick off events were held in many cities around the U.S. At our regional office in Chicago, Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez started National Preparedness Month with this video:
All month long, we’ll have blog posts devoted to emergency preparedness, so check back for more updates. In the meantime, visit community.fema.gov to join the National Preparedness Month coalition and get tools to help you share emergency preparedness in your school, workplace, home, or business.