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Author: Angela R. Gladwell
October is National Community Planning Month. Community planners around the globe join the American Planning Association  in highlighting this year’s theme of “Planning for Infrastructure that Benefits All”.  This year, the focus is on how well-planned infrastructure projects strengthen communities, boost the economy, expand opportunity, and promote equitable development. Infrastructure projects include transportation systems, housing, parks, dams and levees, and communication systems, among others. The topic of well-planned infrastructure is especially relevant to...
Posted On: October 23, 2019
Author: David I Maurstad, Deputy Associate Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
It only takes one storm, one flash flood, or one inch of water to cause significant damage to a home or business. September marks National Preparedness Month – a reminder to all of us that we need to be prepared for unexpected disasters and emergencies that can strike at any time.  One of the most important steps you can take to prepare for the next storm is to purchase flood insurance.One year ago, this month, Hurricane Florence released record-breaking rain on the Carolinas and much of the Southeastern United States. The powerful storm dropped up to 35 inches of rain on eastern...
Posted On: September 26, 2019
Author: Daniel Kaniewski, PhD
National Preparedness Month is every September when we focus on preparing ourselves, our families, and our communities for the disasters and emergencies that can happen where we live, work, and visit. This month we encourage everyone to take actions that will make us better prepared to reduce the impact of disasters. The 2019 theme is: “Prepared, Not Scared,” and focuses on teaching children the importance of preparedness.Over the last two years, emergencies and natural disasters have tested us as a nation. We have responded to unprecedented hurricanes and wildfires as well as...
Posted On: September 19, 2019
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
As the storm track and severity of Hurricane Dorian changes, it’s important for those in its forecasted path to stay alert to the dangers it could bring. Pay attention to the forecast in your area, and be prepared to follow guidance from local officials. You may be ordered to evacuate with little notice. Be ready to leave, have a plan for where you will go. Areas in the storm’s path include Florida, southeastern Georgia and the Carolinas. Impacted areas could experience life-threatening storm surge, dangerous winds and significant infrastructure damage in the coming days...
Posted On: August 31, 2019
Author: Regional Administrator Thomas Von Essen (Region II), Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney (Region III), Regional Administrator Gracia Szczech (Region IV), Regional Administrator Tony Robinson (Region VI), Rear Admiral Keith Smith (Fifth Coast Guard District)
Every year, FEMA and the United States Coast Guard meet to discuss the past year’s hurricane response efforts and to plan for future storms. It may not sound extraordinary, but it’s not only one of the best opportunities for FEMA to engage with the Coast Guard on our joint mission to protect the homeland, but it also brings together multiple FEMA Regions (representing the states most at risk from hurricanes) to discuss how we can better prepare for future storms.  This annual gathering allows us to learn how the Coast Guard is securing and reconstituting U.S. ports,...
Posted On: July 15, 2019
Author: Nancy M. Piñero Vega
The Puerto Rican community of Toro Negro is located in the central, mountainous municipality of Ciales. The isolation and privacy of this small community has been cherished by its residents for over 100 years.  It was in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, however, that the remote nature of the community proved to be a challenge.   Its seclusion—the closest town is a 35-minute drive—reduced access to basic services such as garbage pickup and mail delivery. As the hurricane’s aftermath worsened, the limited basic services created pollution and raised public...
Posted On: July 10, 2019
Author: Jessica Geraci
When the flames started in an LA family’s kitchen, two parents were able to extinguish it with baking soda.  It was a technique their 11-year-old son had taught them only weeks before, after his second MySafe: LA class.  These classes are funded by the Assistance to Firefighters Grants, specifically the Fire Prevention & Safety Grant.   MySafe: LA was awarded in part to help fund a 3-part fire and life safety training.  The training is intended to spread fire safety awareness, as well as to inspire kids to want to grow up and become firefighters.  When...
Posted On: July 8, 2019
Author: Jessica Geraci
Amid rushed evacuations, strong winds, and approaching floodwaters of a disaster, chaos often ensues, forcing families to make impossible decisions about the animals that are part of their families. These situations may not always be preventable but having a plan in place can give your pets their best chance of staying safe during and after a hurricane.  Keep that plan, and the tools needed to implement it, within an emergency kit tailored specifically to your pet. Here’s the top 10 items recommended for your kit:Food. At least a three-day supply in an airtight,...
Posted On: June 13, 2019
Author: Cindy Clark
The children sat in rapt attention, their faces upturned, hanging on the words being read aloud from the book, “Molly and the Earthquake.”Tilting the book so all could see the pastel-colored illustrations, the woman continues to read.“Children, it feels like we’re having an earthquake. Get under the table. Remember: Drop, cover, and hold on,” said Miss Chris calmly, but firmly. The preschoolers slid back their chairs and got under the table, just like they’d practiced in their earthquake drills, but Molly started to cry and headed for the door.”...
Posted On: May 1, 2019
Author: Paul Huang
Over the past several years, our state, local, tribal, and territorial partners have experienced, first hand, destruction caused by floods in communities across the country. In fact, for the 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons combined, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) paid its policyholders more than $11 billion to assist in their recovery efforts. And yet, that amount doesn’t touch the thousands of others with flood losses who weren’t insured.The state of Virginia was no exception. Tropical Storm Michael and Hurricane Florence impacted the Old Dominion with back-to-back...
Posted On: April 18, 2019