Thaddaeus Vasquez was pursuing a career in IT when he quickly realized that he did not enjoy sitting at a desk all day. After a conversation with a professor, he instead was inspired to take an emergency management training program with Job Corps.
Photographs are a powerful storytelling tool that can stir emotions and put a human face on the effects of disasters. By showing the scope of a disaster and the work done to help survivors, FEMA photographers are in the unique position of telling FEMA’s story when words fail the imagination.
At FEMA, there is no short supply of women who have helped shape the emergency management field. This includes incredible women like Federal Coordinating Officer Lai Sun Yee, who responded after the September 11 attacks, and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, who is the first woman to serve as the FEMA Administrator. This month, we honor these women in celebration of Women’s History Month. Below we have highlighted just a few of the incredible women that make up the FEMA workforce.
Four leaf clovers, leprechauns and rainbows won’t help you prepare for disasters this St. Patrick’s Day. As Spring approaches, so does hurricane and wildfire seasons, along with an increased threat of tornadoes. It’s important to do everything you can not to leave disaster preparedness to chance. Although we can’t control when or where disasters happen, we can take the luck out of preparing for them!
Tulsa, Oklahoma has always had a flood problem. A turning point came in 1984 when the Memorial Day flood left 14 people dead, injured 288 and flooded approximately 7,000 buildings. This devastating flood was a wake-up call to take action and set things in motion for city leaders. Since then, Tulsa has stood out as a leader in risk reduction.
As of February 28, FEMA has approved over $1.9 billion in assistance to help people with COVID-19-related funeral expenses. While the assistance we provide can never replace the loss of a loved one, FEMA is working tirelessly with applicants to ease some of the burden of this devastating pandemic.
Throughout Black History Month, we are taking time to honor FEMA employees who help to make our nation safer, stronger and more prepared. Justin Akuffo is one of these individuals.
Feb. 1 is the start of a New Lunar Year. Celebrated for thousands of years in many Asian cultures around the globe, the lunar new year is known by different names — such Chunjie (Spring Festival) in China, Seollal in Korea and Tết in Vietnam — but it always has family, food and fun at its core. FEMA employees share what Lunar New Year means to them and how they’ve celebrated over the years.