Every Friday, we post 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.
Possible Tropical Storm Systems
Hurricane season lasts until November 30, and we’re currently closely watching two areas of interest with a chance of developing into a more organized tropical storm system. Since hurricane season started back in June, we’ve been working on a daily basis with our partners at the National Hurricane Center as they provide the latest forecast information for both the Atlantic and Pacific basins.
The threat of tropical storms and hurricanes still persists, so those in coastal or inland areas should take steps to get prepared. Make sure you have an emergency kit to sustain you and your family for at least 72 hours, and an emergency plan so you know where to go and who to contact if a tropical storm or hurricane does hit.
At Ready.gov/hurricanes (or m.fema.gov on your smartphone), learn the steps you can take today to get your family and property more prepared, and visit hurricanes.gov (hurricanes.gov/mobile on your smartphone) for the latest tropical forecast.
Fire Prevention Week Wrapping Up
This past week, Glenn Gaines, the Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration, has posted several blogs about fire safety, with a focus on preventing home fires and limiting the loss of life and property. Here are his blog posts, in case you missed them:
- Protecting your Family from Fire: Smoke Alarms and Home Escape Plans
- Protecting Your Family from Fire: Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Prevention Week: Reflect and Prepare
- Kicking Off Fire Prevention Week
To conclude Fire Prevention Week, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate will attend the National Fallen Firefighters memorial service on Sunday in Emmitsburg, Maryland to honor those firefighters who have given their life on the job.
We encourage you to take steps to prevent fires in your home, workplace or school, and there are some easy steps to help: make sure all your smoke alarms are working and practice your fire escape plan. For more on getting prepared for a fire, visit Ready.gov/fires.
As we look out several days, we wanted to remind you of two upcoming events:
- Health & Human Services Facebook App Challenge ends November 4 – The Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a challenge for members of the public to develop a Facebook application that helps individuals be better prepared before a disaster strikes. Ideas should focus on designing a Facebook application that makes it easy for people to create their own emergency support network and provides users with useful tools in preparing for and responding to emergencies.
- Emergency Alert System Test coming up November 9 – The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System is next month, and we’re working closely with our partners at the Federal Communications Commission and broadcasters across the country to ensure people know what to expect. For more, check out yesterday’s blog post from Damon Penn, Assistant Administrator, National Continuity Programs.