Although the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil “predicted” an early spring, the threat of severe winter weather is not over. According to the National Library of Medicine, 63% of temperature-related deaths are caused by exposure to cold. As the season progresses, it is important to stay #WinterReady and prepare for the potential risks and hazards that come with it.
As we continue to face disasters that are increasing in severity and frequency, the nation calls on responders at all levels of emergency management to be ready to meet the challenge. When so many aspects of a crisis feel out of our control, how much of a difference can one leader make?
Camille Crain grew up in a small town of 900 people in rural western Kentucky. She now works as the section chief for FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program. Below, she shares the importance of making sure every community, no matter how small, has the resources it needs to be resilient.
Throughout efforts to manage debris removal after Typhoon Mawar, FEMA has consistently prioritized the preservation of Guam's delicate environmental ecosystem. The Environmental Historical Preservation (EHP) team has implemented various efforts focused on making this possible.
Emergency preparedness may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Valentine's Day, but it could be the most important gift you give your loved ones this year. Disasters can happen at any time, and having a starter emergency kit for the home or the road could make all the difference in an emergency.
Each year Black History Month brings another opportunity to discover contributions that enrich our nation. The 2024 theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” explores the creativity, resilience and innovation from a culture that has uplifted spirits and soothed souls in countless ways across centuries. FEMA joins the nation in this celebration of the arts and artists that demonstrate the influence and resilience of these creators.
The FEMA app’s latest update added 19 new weather alert types. This expansion is part of our commitment to providing you with the information and tools you need to make decisions before, during and after a disaster.
FEMA is working to expand our reach so that our help is accessible for everyone. As part of these efforts, the agency recently hired Small State and Rural Advocate Patricia Pudwill.
During winter months, fire dangers increase and claim more lives than any other time of year. In 2024 alone, 247 people have lost their lives. Additionally, thousands of people are displaced when homes are destroyed by fires, increasing homelessness numbers.
We’re excited to share a new look for the homepage of FEMA.gov that highlights important work being done across the nation by communities every day to become more resilient and to help those affected by disasters.