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What We’re Watching: 8/23/13


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.

Photos of the week

secretary napolitano shakes hands with fema employees
Queens, N.Y., Aug. 23, 2013 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met with staff from FEMA and other agencies during a visit to the New York Joint Field Office, thanking them for their efforts in helping New York recover from Hurricane Sandy.

fema employee talks with community member
Long Beach Island, N.J., Aug. 18, 2013 -- Hazard Mitigation Community Education Outreach Task Force Crew Leader, Paul David Lear, speaks with Long Beach Island residents about techniques that can help minimize property damage in the event of severe weather like Hurricane Sandy at the Long Beach Island Arts Festival.

Summer weather continues

The severe weather over the last week shows what summer tends to bring – wildfires in the west, tropical storm and hurricane threats around the Atlantic, and severe storms across the country.  No matter where you live, make sure you’re staying current on the latest conditions:

  • For wildfires - InciWeb is where you can find the latest updates on wildfires happening across the U.S. It’s a site where interagency partners provide their updates, so it’s a great source for the latest on the ground information.  And for wildfire safety tips, visit
  • For tropical storms and hurricanes - While there are currently no tropical storms or hurricanes threatening the U.S. or our territories, the National Hurricane Center website and mobile site are worth bookmarking on your computer and phone.  For what to do before, during, and after a tropical storm or hurricane, visit
  • For severe storms & other weather – Visit the National Weather Service website or mobile site for the latest on severe weather advisories, watches, or warnings. has details for staying safe, so check it out before severe weather threatens.

Adding “disaster reporting” into the FEMA app

For those of you that already have the FEMA app on your phone or tablet, you may have noticed an update over the last few weeks.  The team has been working hard to incorporate several new features and improvements, especially one feature called Disaster Reporter.  Disaster Reporter allows people to upload a photo of what they’re seeing during or after a disaster and submit it to a public map.

The updated FEMA app is currently available for Android and Apple devices – the updated Blackberry version is under development.

With that, have a safe weekend!

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