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What We’re Watching: 7/1/11

Every Friday, we do a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Richard Serino, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deputy administrator, visits with Red Cross official at the Red Cross shelter in Minot, North Dakota during his visit on June 29.
Minot, ND, June 29, 2011 -- Richard Serino, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deputy administrator, visits with Red Cross official at the Red Cross shelter in Minot, North Dakota during his visit on June 29.

North Dakota Flooding Response
Federal, state, and local officials continue to support disaster survivors in response to the historic flooding along the Souris River in North Dakota. Here’s a look back at our blog posts this week, discussing the emergency management team’s role in the ongoing flood-fighting efforts in North Dakota:

Disaster assistance is available to individuals and business owners in McHenry, Morton, Renville, Ward and Burleigh counties, and we encourage all disaster survivors to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 or by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov or m.fema.gov on your smartphone.

Upcoming holiday weekend
With the Fourth of July only a few days away, we wanted to take the time to remind you to have a safe and memorable holiday. For many, Independence Day is marked by fireworks, cookouts, and picnics. While you celebrate this year, remember to leave the fireworks to the professionals and use safe cooking techniques at your cookout. And if your local forecast is calling for high temperatures, remember to take steps to get prepared for the heat.

Arlene stays away, but serves as a reminder
In case you missed it this week, tropical storm Arlene became the first named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. Although Arlene did not have a significant impact on the U.S. (and has since began to dissipate over Mexico), it serves as a reminder that hurricane season is here. Make sure you’re prepared for hurricane season by visiting Ready.gov/hurricanes and visit the National Hurricane Center website for official advisories and forecasts on severe tropical weather.

Faces of Homeland Security
Earlier this week, Secretary Napolitano, launched Faces of Homeland Security: Heroes on the Front Lines to tell the stories of some of the inspiring DHS employees who have gone above and beyond to prevent terrorism, secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

Check out Sidney Melton’s (a FEMA employee) story about his role following the deadly tornadoes that struck Alabama this spring.

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06/18/2012 - 21:04

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This is the only way I could find to tell you {FEM...

This is the only way I could find to tell you {FEMA} this. You were recently in DuQuoin Il helping people on food stamps with the recent storms weve had. Just so you know not all people on food stamps are on welfare. SOME OF US ACTUALLY HAVE JOBS AND DO WORK! Due to your hours and quitting at 4 pm some of us were not able to be able to participate in your program. I have 3 kids still at home and a exhusband who is over 30 thousand in back child support. I could of used your help but I couldnt take the day off of work. Next time keep this in mind. People need help 24/7 not just 830 am to 4 pm. Thank you. Still struggling. Vivian Stotlar.

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