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No matter where you live in the United States, there are natural hazards known and unknown. While some areas have higher risks, no place has zero risk. From ice storms to volcanic activity, from tornadoes to tsunamis, these natural hazards pose a threat to communities and the human environment. It is important to understand what causes these risks and what you can do to reduce them. The National Risk Index is designed as a user-friendly tool to help individuals and communities gain a deeper understanding of their risks.

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The RISE Challenge gives students and opportunity to learn about hazard mitigation and risks where they live. Teams develop projects to improve the resilience of their local communities. Projects are judged and winners receive funds to help make them a reality.

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The people of the historic town of Princeville, North Carolina, have experienced major and repetitive flooding events for decades, most recently hurricanes Fran, Floyd and Matthew.

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The growing threat of climate change brings more severe weather and disasters. The best way to protect our nation from these threats is to build resilience in our communities. This is the focus of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant program.

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This week, Marcus Coleman was sworn-in as the new director of the DHS Center for Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships (DHS Partnerships Center) after his appointment by the Biden-Harris Administration.

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Last week, we commemorated the landmark signing of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA provided a strong foundation for FEMA and our partners to work together to serve disaster survivors with disabilities and ensure equitable access to services and programs, while preserving and promoting the independence of people with disabilities.

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FEMA’s Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Administrator for Resilience Alex Amparo discusses how the new guide helps public and private sector emergency managers at all levels collaborate to increase community resilience.

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Hunter Tobey is a returning Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) member from Massachusetts. In this fun Q and A, Hunter reflects on the past year with the council, shares some helpful tips for new members and looks ahead to next year with big plans!

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Mohammed Billah was working as an environmental engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency when hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria made landfall in 2017. He decided to lend his talents to hurricane response efforts by joining the Surge Capacity Force.

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June was Immigrant Heritage Month. In the last month, we showcased some of the diversity that is reflected through our workforce. The diverse FEMA workforce is made of people from all different backgrounds, reflecting the wide range of cultures that can be found throughout the country.

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Last updated September 9, 2021