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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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Paul is a Regional Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist at FEMA Region 8. He started with FEMA as a local hire in early 2005 to support disaster recovery after four strong hurricanes hit Florida in just a matter of weeks.

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9 ways to keep you and your loved ones cool this summer.

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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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Last updated September 9, 2021