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What We’re Watching: 4/6/12

At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Weather Outlook 
It appears the weather this weekend will be relatively nice and everyone can enjoy the holiday weekend according to our friends at NOAA. As of today, there are no significant weather threats expected across the U.S.

Severe drought conditions are expected to continue throughout parts of the Southeast, Central and Southern Great Plains, Southwest, and Upper Mississippi Valley. Additionally, some flooding is forecasted in Southeast Texas.

Since weather conditions can quickly change, we encourage everyone to monitor your area's local forecast by visiting or on your mobile device.

Highlighting Preparedness
We wanted to share an article about the great work our disability integration specialists are doing to help ensure everyone is prepared for an emergency. As Deputy Administrator Serino discussed during last month’s FEMA Think Tank call, it’s important for everyone to be involved in emergency planning, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. And it’s equally important to ensure everyone has access to resources that will help them be more prepared in the face of an emergency.

Here’s an excerpt from a local ABC news affiliate featuring Disability Integration Specialist Jessica Mitchell discussing how her work in Region V is ensuring that the preparedness needs of residents with access and functional needs are met.

"I definitely think people should prepare in advance, think about what type of disasters are likely to happen in your area and how you would respond to them," said Jessica Mitchell, FEMA's Region V disability integration specialist. "Think about how you would know if a disaster is going on."

Mitchell said her role is to make sure people disabilities know what do during an emergency and how state and local emergency managers can make their programs more accessible.

For many years, FEMA has had information on emergency plans for people with disabilities.

We've really been updating our information to take into account new technologies that people with disabilities use and really try to make more of a concerted effort to get the information out to people with disabilities," Mitchell said. "We do offer training for emergency managers and local planners. We have the functional needs, support services and general population shelters where we teach people who plan out how emergency shelters will work, the different things they can do to make sure it's accessible with all types of disabilities, from mobility disabilities, to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, to people who are blind or have low vision or have cognitive or intellectual disabilities."

Read the full article and watch the interview.

And here is a list of our blog posts from this past week in case you missed any of them:

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

Last Updated: 
06/16/2012 - 16:12

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