Main Content

What We’re Watching: 7/12/13


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.

Chantal Weakens But Heavy Rain Still Possible

Although Tropical Storm Chantal broke up and the system was downgraded into a tropical wave, it served as a great reminder of the severe weather like heavy rain that can be accompanied by these storms.  Over the weekend, remnants of the storm are likely to bring heavy rain for those in Florida and along the Southeastern coast of the United States. We urge residents in these states to monitor weather conditions as they can quickly change.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous. Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas, at bridges, and at highway dips. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.  Remember – turn around, don’t drown.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving.

 Flood safety terms:

  • Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
  • Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if local officials give notice to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Flash Flood Watch: Rapid rises on streams and rivers are possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
  • Flash Flood Warning: Rapid rises on streams and rivers are occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.

For more flood safety tips, visit or // (on your mobile phone).

Mark Your Calendars                 

Join Deputy Administrator Serino next Thursday, July 18 at 2:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. PST) for the next FEMA Think Tank conference call.  This month’s call will provide an opportunity to discuss innovations that those in emergency management should know about, including existing, new, and forward thinking innovations that improve a product or service in unexpected ways. 

The goal is to take innovations that are not necessarily associated with emergency management and relate them to emergency management in order to improve the way we do response, recovery, preparedness, and mitigation. Here’s the call-in information:

  • Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time (11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time)
  • Call in Number: 888-323-9869
  • Passcode: Think Tank
  • Captioning:

So mark your calendars and join us next week!

In Case You Missed It

Earlier this week, Shayne Adamski, Senior Manager of Digital Engagement for the agency testified in front of a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security along with our partners from the American Red Cross, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, and Jersey City Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The discussion of the hearing focused on how social media and new technology are transforming preparedness, response and recovery efforts and the way we operate here at FEMA.  In case you missed it, you can watch the hearing here.

I came across this article on Emergency Management Magazine about how the Cleveland Indians put their emergency plans into play during a recent exercise.  The article serves as a good reminder of the importance of being prepared no matter where you are or where you live – even professional sports teams need to practice their emergency plans!  Read more about the exercise and visit for information on getting your business better prepared for emergencies.

Video of the Week

A great example of the continued recovery work after Hurricane Sandy, the Statue of Liberty reopened on July 4, 2013, after being closed for eight months following damages from Hurricane Sandy.

Have a safe weekend!

Last Updated: 
06/02/2017 - 09:21