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Author: Lars Anderson
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 weekSummer weather continuesThe 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...
Posted On: August 23, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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.To round out the week, here are a few of the updates from around our digital channels that showcase what’s at the top of our list this week:From Facebook: Peak hurricane season is hereEarlier this week, the FEMA Facebook page posted this graphic from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  It shows the number of hurricanes and tropical storms over the last 100...
Posted On: August 16, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
Effectively responding to disasters requires a team, but not just any team.  This team needs to be as diverse, multi-faceted, and as talented as the fabric of America itself.  Because of this, FEMA is always looking for opportunities to strengthen the team that prepares for, responds to, and recovers from emergencies.   I’m proud that last week FEMA took a step in bolstering this collection of partners by signing a partnership agreement with the AARP.  Here’s Administrator Fugate and AARP CEO Barry Rand at the signing ceremony:As Administrator Fugate and Mr. Rand said...
Posted On: August 14, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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.Weather OutlookAccording to our friends at the National Weather Service, heavy rainfall with the potential for flooding is expected to continue across Northern Oklahoma and Arkansas.  Additionally, some rainfall with thunderstorms is possible from the Mid-Mississippi valley across the Mid-South, Carolinas, and Virginia. For folks in these areas here are some flood safety tips to...
Posted On: August 9, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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.Tropical Storms Dorian & FlossieWe continue to closely watch both Tropical Storm Dorian in the Atlantic and Topical Storm Flossie in the Pacific.  Although at this time there are no watches and warnings in effect for either storms, we encourage residents in projected paths to take action now and prepare.  Tropical storms still present dangerous hazards such as winds over...
Posted On: July 26, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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.Weather OutlookFor many parts of the U.S. it’s been a scorcher all week long, but it looks as though things are finally going to cool off as slightly lower temperatures are expected next week. In the meantime, here are some extreme heat safety tips to keep in mind until the cool down arrives:Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (...
Posted On: July 19, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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 PossibleAlthough 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...
Posted On: July 12, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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 WeekTo kick things off, here are a few of my favorite photos from the week. For more photos, visit the FEMA Photo Library.Celebrating the Fourth SafelyWith the celebration of our country’s Independence tomorrow, I wanted to take some time to remind folks that while this holiday is indeed a joyous occasion often marked with grilling, picnics, and of course fireworks -- it’s...
Posted On: July 3, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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.Severe Weather OutlookOver the next couple of days and into the weekend, our partners over at the National Weather Service expect above normal temperatures to continue across the Great Basin, Rockies, Southwest and California.  While those areas will be seeing a bit of a heat wave, flooding is possible in other places around the country.  Portions of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa,...
Posted On: June 28, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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.Photo & video of the weekTo kick things off, here are a few of my favorite video and photo of the week, courtesy of our photo and multimedia libraries.Video: Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams register Illinois flood survivors for FEMA assistancePhotos:Newly minted FEMA Youth Preparedness Council membersIn case you missed it from earlier in the week, the FEMA Youth Preparedness...
Posted On: June 21, 2013