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What We’re Watching: 6/21/13


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.

Photo & video of the week

To kick things off, here are a few of my favorite video and photo of the week, courtesy of our photo and multimedia libraries.

Video: Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams register Illinois flood survivors for FEMA assistance


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Moore, Okla., June 15, 2013 -- FEMA Debris Deputy Task Force Leader Tony Furr speaks with a US Corps of Engineers Debris Subject Matter Expert. FEMA Public Assistance funds are reimbursing a portion of debris removal cost from the May tornadoes. George Armstrong/FEMA

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Long Beach Island, N.J., June 15, 2013 – FEMA representatives distribute information on home rebuilding at the Long Beach Island Thank You Fest. The celebration was dedicated to the first responders for their work during and after Hurricane Sandy hit the coast last fall. Rosanna Arias/FEMA

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Atlanta, Ga., June 18, 2013 -- Administrator Craig Fugate speaks about the financial and economic aspects of disaster recovery. The event was hosted by Operation HOPE, an organization that works to share financial literacy with underserved populations around the U.S.

Newly minted FEMA Youth Preparedness Council members

In case you missed it from earlier in the week, the FEMA Youth Preparedness Council just added five new members for 2013.  The Youth Preparedness Council is brings together youth leaders from across the country who are working in their communities to move the needle on getting America’s youth better prepared for emergencies.  Through regular meetings, idea sharing, and networking, the council provides a great way for FEMA to bring in their energy and enthusiasm, while sharing the agency’s successful approaches to spreading emergency preparedness.

Join me in welcoming the newest members:

  • Sophie Friedfeld-Gebaide (New York)
  • Alex Pasculle (Pennsylvania)
  • Louyankkah Justilien (Florida)
  • Daniel Wernsman (Wisconsin)
  • Emily Rosenblum (Missouri)

All of the members of the Youth Preparedness Council are doing great work – from holding health and wellness fairs, organizing emergency safety drills, to participating in their local Community Emergency Response Team.  I encourage you to check out their bios and learn more about the program at

From around the web

There were lots of great stories from the week, but here are three of my favorites:

  • Administrator Fugate visited with The Weather Channel earlier in the week and talked about lessons from Hurricane Sandy, as well as the 2013 hurricane season.  You can check out the full Q & A session on
  • This next one is a must-read for those in the emergency management field.  FEMA’s Mike Byrne, our lead in New York after Hurricane Sandy, provided his perspective in Emergency Management Magazine.  Mike has tons of disaster experience so he talked about how events the size of Hurricane Sandy are different from other types of disasters.  The three main differentiators he talks about in the article: scale, velocity, and ambiguity.
  • All right, this one is also a must-read for those in emergency management.  The Mid-American Regional Council posted a great story this week about inclusive emergency planning.  For those that don’t know, the Mid-American Regional Council brings together city and county governments in the Kansas City metro area to advance social, economic, and environmental progress.  Justin Sorg, their Emergency Services Planner, wrote about how incorporating a community’s needs into emergency plans doesn’t take rocket science – it just takes bringing the right people together to solve problems. 

With that, have a safe weekend!

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