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Data is at the heart of every weather forecast, including hurricane forecasts. Having the right data at the right time is critical to both FEMA and emergency managers so they can make informed decisions and protect their communities before, during and after a hurricane. We’ll never be able to stop a hurricane, but we can use data to help people before, during and after the storm.

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May 1 kicks off Hurricane Preparedness Week. Sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) before the June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season, the week raises awareness of the hazards posed by hurricanes.

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To celebrate Earth Day, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, AmeriCorps Chief Executive Officer Michael Smith and AmeriCorps teams partnered with Washington Parks & People for a service event at the Marvin Gaye Community Center in Washington, D.C. During the event, participants planted a tree, removed invasive species from the park and cleared out debris from surrounding waterways. The community center is the largest municipal park in the district and is home to over 200 forest plants.

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When disasters threaten our homes, offices and communities, the importance of building codes is more evident than ever. If a structure follows modern codes, it is more likely to withstand strong floods, wind and other risks due to natural hazards. These codes help to protect property and save lives.

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In June 2021, southeast Michigan faced destructive flooding that impacted a large area of Detroit and surrounding communities. As a part of the recovery process, Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) were formed, with assistance from Michigan State Police Emergency Management division, FEMA, and the Michigan Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD).

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Leyda Becker is an expert on immigrants and refugees who come from all over the world in search of a new life in Kentucky. As the international communities liaison for the City of Bowling Green, Becker knows where they live, what languages they speak and their cultural needs.

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Are you an entrepreneurial analytics professional interested in using data to help the government prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters? Region 9 of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be hiring for several new analytics positions to strengthen the Region’s ability to tackle disaster-related challenges.

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On a rainy day, when streets were flooding and muddy streams were flowing fast, a team of FEMA hazard mitigation specialists arrived at Taylor County High School to demonstrate the destructive power of water.

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Bolinski received the 2022 Distinguished Service Award at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida.  He received the award for the work he does to provide hurricane preparedness, hurricane planning and operational response and decision training making for federal, state and local partners.

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As the climate changes, FEMA is adapting to meet new challenges. Focusing on preserving the environment is just one of the many ways we are confronting the impacts of climate change. Director of the Office of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (EHP) Kristin Fontenot is one of the people on the frontline of these efforts.

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Last updated September 9, 2021