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FEMA and SCRI held the first Save Your Family Treasures class at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute designed to train our specialists on techniques that the public can use to save water-damaged items.

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This summer many parts of the country have endured temperatures soaring above 90 degrees for periods lasting several days. When this happens, the heat and humidity you may experience is known as extreme heat.

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During an evacuation, it’s important to consider each family member’s needs. Disabilities can impact a person in a variety of ways, both visible and invisible. Having a plan BEFORE a disaster happens can eliminate potential stress or barriers for you or your family member with a disability.

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This summer it’s possible your household will lose power. Above average temperatures are causing extreme heat and drought, which has elevated the risk of power outages throughout the country.

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Office of Disability Integration and Coordination Acting Director Jason Lagria shares how the Americans with Disabilities Act has reinforced our commitment to serving people before, during and after disasters.

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Around the country, emergency responders and fire/rescue departments rescue people from disasters large and small. From a single collapsed building to major disasters, these responders locate and extricate survivors and victims while providing on the ground situational awareness to all responding agencies. This helps local resources coordinate with state, federal and tribal authorities to get help as quickly as possible to where it is needed the most.

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Senior Advisor for the Office of Response and Recovery Mike Plostock shares his experience responding after the Surfside Collapse.

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Jamie Casterton is a Public Affairs Specialist at FEMA Region 8. She joined the agency in November 2018 and have been with our regional office in Denver, Colorado since May 2020.

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Mass attacks in public spaces are not uncommon in the United States. This year the country has already experienced 267 mass shootings and several other mass attacks. These types of attacks can be well thought out or random. Individuals may use a firearm, a vehicle, homemade bombs and other methods to cause mass casualties.

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June is Pet Preparedness Month. Your pets are an important part of your family and they rely on you to keep them safe. You may have to evacuate quickly or may be separated from them when something happens. By making a plan to prepare your pets for disasters, you can prevent having to make impossible decisions about your beloved pet and can give them their best chance of staying safe during and after a disaster. 

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Last updated September 9, 2021