Hurricane Ian is bearing down on Florida, bringing life-threating storm surge, powerful winds and the possibility of flash floods. Most of Florida, as well as southern states, will be affected by the hurricane. It is important to listen to local officials if they recommend that you evacuate. If you are unable to evacuate or if you are told to shelter-in-place, here are some last-minute ways you can prepare.
Carson City became Nevada’s second community to participate in FEMA’s High Water Mark Initiative. This initiative helps communities increase local awareness of flood risk by posting high water mark signs to help educate the public and encourage mitigation action.
Guest author Holly Nett, Director of Child Care Emergency Partnerships at Child Care Aware® of America, shares how the organization partnered with FEMA to build a disaster ready toolkit focused on child care needs.
Each September, FEMA uses National Preparedness Month to emphasize how vital it is for the Nation and everyone to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
At the core of FEMA’s workforce are the talented hard-working people eager to assist when disaster strikes. This includes FEMA Reservists, our largest segment of employees. These on-call employees play an important role in fulfilling the agency’s mission to help people before, during and after disasters.
Five years ago, three back-to-back hurricanes caused major devastation across six Southern states and two U.S. territories. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria took lives and caused property loss and damage to critical infrastructure. For each of these disasters, FEMA answered the call to respond and help residents and communities recover and rebuild.
FEMA recently held a virtual disaster preparedness brief with a cross section of national faith-based and community organizations to reinforce our commitment to working with these leaders who build and strengthen underserved communities. This event was an opportunity to connect on how the agency’s work can help advance a people first approach to disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
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.
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.
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.