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Author: Shayne Adamski
As Hurricane Irene threatens the East Coast, I’m excited to announce FEMA’s gone mobile (again). I wanted to share two new ways you can get information about how to prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other disasters on your mobile devices, and here’s Administrator Fugate to introduce one of them (and then continue reading for even more details):FEMA AppIn the new FEMA App, you’ll be able to:Check off the items you have in your family’s emergency kit,Enter your family emergency meeting locations,Review safety tips on what to do before, during and after a...
Posted On: August 26, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is “A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.” With September right around the corner, I wanted to make sure you knew about the different online tools you can use to organize your community and spread the word about National Preparedness Month and emergency preparedness.First, sign up on our website to access collaboration tools, templates, calendars, and other resources. You’ll join a community of thousands of individuals, emergency management professionals, businesses, and voluntary and faith-based groups who are sharing...
Posted On: August 16, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
The 2011 hurricane season began last week, so we’ve been blogging about ways you can get prepared for the hazards associated with severe tropical weather. While there hasn’t been a named tropical storm or hurricane yet this year, I wanted to share some resources you can bookmark or save that could be very helpful before, during and after disaster strikes.So whether you are a parent, student, teacher, emergency responder or website manager, the resources below will keep you connected to the latest information on hurricanes and tropical storms. Take a look and share them with your friends and...
Posted On: June 7, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
I’ve written several times about using social media in emergency situations.  This past Thursday, several of us from FEMA attended a hearing before a U.S. Senate panel on “Understanding the Power of Social Media as a Communication Tool in the Aftermath of Disasters.”  Administrator Fugate testified at the hearing to discuss how we use social media to facilitate two-way communication with the public in a disaster environment.  In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from his testimony: He emphasized the importance of adapting to the method and tools that the...
Posted On: May 11, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
The title says it all.  Disaster survivors can now search for disaster recovery centers on our mobile site (m.fema.gov).  This latest feature is part of our commitment to deliver information to the public in a timely and efficient way.  After a disaster, we want to make it as easy as possible for disaster survivors to get the information that they need.If you’re not familiar with disaster recovery centers, they are staffed by state, voluntary agency and federal personnel who meet one-on-one with disaster survivors to explain assistance programs.  As we respond and support...
Posted On: May 4, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
We’ve partnered with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency to create a joint Facebook page as an additional way to reach Alabama residents during the response and recovery efforts after the severe storms and tornadoes.And as we support multiple states that are impacted by the severe storms, I wanted to provide a list of other online resources:  Alabama Emergency Management AgencyFacebook full site / Facebook mobile siteTwitter full site / Twitter mobile siteInformation on volunteering Mississippi Emergency Management AgencyFacebook full site / Facebook mobile siteTwitter full site /...
Posted On: April 30, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
What's the best advice you've ever received?  Often times, the best nuggets of wisdom motivate us to action, or inspire us to be better at what we do. We wanted to highlight a few places where you can find preparedness tips on a daily basis to keep you and your family safe.Every weekday, we will publish a safety tip on Twitter and Facebook (in English and Spanish) with information on what to do before, during and after various natural or man-made disasters. Our primary method of publishing the daily tips will be through our Twitter and Facebook channels, however, that's not the only way...
Posted On: March 30, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
As we've mentioned before on the blog, social media is becoming increasingly important to disaster survivors and emergency managers. Tomorrow, I will be attending an event on social media in emergency management with colleagues of mine, as part of the annual National Association of Emergency Managers Mid-Year Conference.  The goal of the social media event is to bring together the team --- emergency managers from the Federal, State and local levels, technology volunteers, private sector, and others who are involved in the social media space --- to continue the dialogue about using...
Posted On: March 23, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
Cell phones are becoming more and more valuable to our lives – providing internet access, the latest weather forecast, and access to our favorite social networking sites.  While cell phones can be a great convenience, they can also be a lifeline after an emergency.As Administrator Fugate often says, a cell phone is a data center, with the ability to store and access a large amount of information quickly.  So why not tap into the power of your cell phone, whether it's the latest-and-greatest model, or a phone that’s been around a while, and be ready to use it in case a disaster...
Posted On: March 10, 2011
Author: Shayne Adamski
Since the end of October, we've been accepting your ideas for innovative and effective ways communities can get prepared before a disaster strikes.  I wanted to send out a final appeal to share your preparedness idea before our challenge closes on January 29.To date, we have published over 140 submissions from the public.  To inspire your creativity, here are a few of them:Ready RockawayEmergency Broadcast AlarmTeen Community Emergency Response Team Training (TEEN CERT)Small Business Development Center Involvement in Preparing Small BusinessesMy last blog post also highlighted some...
Posted On: January 26, 2011