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Author: Raymond J. Piper
View in FEMA Multimedia LibraryThe time to prepare for Hurricane Florence is now. This powerful storm is expected to bring powerful winds, flooding, storm surge, and dangerous rip currents. Storm tracks can change swiftly, so it’s important to prepare now. Basic services, such as cell service, power, and water, may be disrupted for an extended period of time. Here are some steps you can take:Fill up your gas tank and stock your vehicle with supplies with food that does not need to be stored in a refrigerator and drinking water. Get refills of your medications now for any needed...
Posted On: September 11, 2018
Author: Raymond J. Piper
 The National Flood Insurance Program has worked to protect the life you’ve built for the past 50 years and will continue to do so into the future.  Don’t let rumors and myths drive your decisions.  Here are the five most common myths about flood insurance. MYTH: I receive flood insurance through my homeowner's insurance.FACT: Homeowner insurance policies do not normally cover flood damage. That is why the federal government backs the NFIP. You can purchase Federal flood insurance through an insurance agent or company. The average cost of a flood...
Posted On: July 23, 2018
Author: Raymond J. Piper
It was like any other night. The school day was over, and my family was waiting for my father to get home so we could eat dinner together. I don’t remember where I was specifically, but it’s likely my brother and I were playing in the living room while the TV played.At 5:05 p.m. the first tornado touched down near Albion, Pennsylvania, and began a 4 hour and 20 minute onslaught of life-threatening tornadoes that would impact parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, Canada.Looking back, I realize now the danger that my dad was in. He worked near where an F5 tornado—...
Posted On: June 5, 2017
Author: Raymond J. Piper
Memories can often be a casualty of natural disasters. Items we cherish, like photographs and other keepsakes, can be ruined by flood waters or destructive winds. However, there are ways to safeguard and even recover these items after a disaster—and we have a task force working on helping do just that.The Heritage Emergency National Task Force was formed in 1995, after the need for a partnership to help protect our nation’s cultural heritage was identified.Co-sponsored by FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, the task force consists of 42 federal agencies and national service...
Posted On: April 3, 2017
Author: Raymond J. Piper
During a disaster members of the community seek opportunities to help each other. Neighbors, faith-based organizations, businesses and volunteer organizations that may not normally not focus on helping disaster survivors often chip in to lend a helping hand wherever it is needed.This assistance is a key part of a disaster response and recovery, but in the past has not often been fully coordinated with emergency managers.Thanks to ongoing work by the Department of Homeland Security and our Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, we’re improving our ability to coordinate...
Posted On: September 12, 2016