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Author: Joe Girot
When disaster strikes, it’s the first responders right there in your local community who make the difference in effective disaster response – the firefighters, medics, utility workers, the faith and community-based groups, the crisis counselors and search and rescue teams. And these are just some of the people who serve during emergencies or disasters.But, could you play a key role in your community during a disaster?Folks all over Alabama asked themselves that question as communities across the state held “Be Ready” events throughout September, recognized as National Preparedness Month.There...
Posted On: October 6, 2011
Author: Stephen De Blasio
Dayville, CT, Brooklyn, CT, September 29, 2011 -- FEMA Community Education Specialist, Steven Klein, right, shows a Mitigation activity book to local resident Dylan Lacasse, 3, during a community education outreach event at Lowe's. FEMA specialists distributed over 200 cd's that include mitigation publications for Tropical Storm Irene.It’s been a month since President Obama’s Sept. 2 major disaster declaration for the state of Connecticut following Tropical Storm Irene. FEMA and its state partners continue to make major strides in the support of the Constitution State’s recovery.Providing...
Posted On: October 3, 2011
Posted by: Brad Carroll, Press Secretary Back in August, to ensure we had the resources needed to continue to provide assistance to individual disaster survivors, as well as support our state partners in their response to future disasters, we placed some funding restrictions on longer-term repair, rebuilding and mitigation projects from previous and current disasters that are funded through our Disaster Relief Fund. This strategy, which we call “immediate needs funding”, has been used in previous years to help preserve our Disaster Relief Fund so we can continue to meet the immediate needs of...
Posted On: October 1, 2011
Author: Elizabeth Zimmerman
Editor's note: This was originally posted on the White House Blog.  Today, we are announcing a new multiagency effort to strengthen the way the federal family works together to support state, tribal, territorial and local communities to recover after disaster strikes.For the first time, the National Disaster Recovery Framework defines how federal agencies will work together to best meet the needs of states and communities in their ongoing recovery, by aligning key roles and responsibilities among all our partners. The emphasis of this framework is that recovering after a disaster is a...
Posted On: September 23, 2011
Author: Janet Napolitano
Editor's Note: This was originally posted on the The Blog @ Homeland Security of the Department of Homeland Security on September 22.Today I visited Joplin, Mo. with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino, to survey the progress of recovery efforts on the ground. When I last visited Joplin in June, I told our team of federal, state, local and community partners that we would not leave until the job was finished and today, three months later, we remain committed to helping the people of Missouri rebuild.Joplin, MO, September 22, 2011 -- Education Secretary...
Posted On: September 22, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Many communities across the country continue to recover from natural disasters - and members of the emergency management team are working tirelessly to support the affected individuals and communities. The photos below show this team in action in the past week – a team that includes federal, state and local government agencies, voluntary and faith-based organizations, the private sector, and concerned citizens.For more FEMA photos, visit our Photo Library. If you’d like to learn more about helping those recovering from a disaster, visit Point, NC, September 17, 2011...
Posted On: September 21, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Duryea, PA, September 16, 2011 -- During a tour of the flood damage caused by tropical storm Lee, Vice President Joe Biden stops to ask a young resident how she is holding up.We continue to support our state, local and tribal partners as recovery efforts are in full swing in states affected by this summer’s flooding from the remnants of tropical storm Lee. To date, over $19.4 million of federal assistance has been approved in eligible counties to jumpstart survivors’ recovery and help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other...
Posted On: September 19, 2011
Author: Stephen De Blasio
When Tropical Storm Irene blew through Connecticut, FEMA was well prepared to help the state and disaster survivors get their recovery underway as needed. Together with state and local officials, preliminary damage assessments were quickly wrapped up and federal assistance was approved for individuals and business owners in eight counties across the state.Milford, CT, September 1, 2011 --September 1, 2011--City crews and residents clean up in neighborhoods after Hurricane Irene battered the Connecticut shoreline. While FEMA’s operations have just moved into our Joint Field Office in Windsor,...
Posted On: September 15, 2011
Author: Patricia McCoy
Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s website. If you suspect anyone – an inspector, disaster survivor, or someone posing as one of these – of fraudulent activities, call our toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721, or your local law enforcement officials. This year has seen quite a few notable natural disasters, including deadly tornados, wild fires, and floods. Most recently an unusually strong earthquake, hurricane and floods have stuck the eastern United States.Of course, with any disaster comes the cleanup, which can be expensive...
Posted On: August 31, 2011
Author: Dan Stoneking
Joplin, MO, August 22, 2011 -- Walgreen on 20th Street and Range Line re-opens after it was destroyed by the EF-5 tornado on May 22, 2011. Walls and a roof on the building only took nine days to build. FEMA is in the city to provide assistance to the disaster survivors.On August 22, three months following the devastating tornado, I visited Joplin, Missouri. I wanted to see first-hand how the public and private sector were working hand-in-hand in recovery, bringing their community back – stronger and better than before. While touring the area, I met some amazing business owners and managers...
Posted On: August 26, 2011
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