Potential severe weather
Over the next few days, the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is calling for drought conditions to continue for much of the southern U.S., stretching from Arizona to Florida. These drought conditions have caused wildfires to spread in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and we continue to support emergency responders and firefighters through Fire Management Assistance Grants. Widespread flooding is also expected to continue for parts of the Mississippi, Missouri, and North Platte rivers.
We will continue to monitor the threat of severe weather, coordinating closely with our partners at the National Weather Service. If you're in an area with severe weather, wildfires, or flooding, remember to listen to the direction of local officials and follow evacuation orders if given.
And as higher temperatures arrive and summer settles in, make sure you’re taking steps to stay safe. We encourage you to take time with your family this weekend to create your family emergency plan – it can ultimately save the lives of the ones you love.
Increase in disaster higher education programs
A story in the New York Times highlighted that colleges around the U.S. are increasing their programs related to emergency management, a trend that’s been influenced by high-profile disasters such as the September 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina. Here’s an excerpt from the full story:
The number of emergency-management programs in higher education has jumped from about 70 in 2001 to at least 232 now, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In 1995, the year after FEMA began encouraging the development of new academic programs to supplement training at its Emergency Management Institute in Maryland, there were just five. In addition, there are now at least 112 “homeland security” programs, which focus mainly on terrorism — all of them begun since 9/11.
A local perspective on preparedness training
Several of our guest bloggers have talked about their experience after taking preparedness training, specifically at our Center for Domestic Preparedness. One of the most recent graduates from the CDP training is George Rodericks, city manager of Belvedere, Cali., who blogged about his experience and take a ways from the course. The center offers hands-on training for federal, state, local and tribal emergency responders on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive weapons, as well as specialized training for healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness.
For an inside look at what CDP training is all about, check out George’s blog posts: