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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.  Wildfires, warmer temperatures, and droughtsWe are closely monitoring the ongoing wildfires in several Rocky Mountain and southwest states, working with our state, local and tribal partners to ensure they have the support they need in fighting the fires. The National Weather Service forecast centers are calling for warmer temperatures and drought conditions to continue in states...
Posted On: May 18, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Many of our blog posts tend to throw a lot of information out there about how you can get prepared for emergencies. But for today, we just wanted to post cute photos of how pets can make sure they’re prepared before disasters strike, too. Hurricane season begins June 1, so now is a great time to make sure your family (and pets) have an emergency plan and have extra supplies. And even if you don’t live in a hurricane prone area, getting prepared for the risks in your area could help keep your family safe, reduce the stress during an emergency, and give you peace of mind.And now, to the photos:...
Posted On: May 17, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
It’s the middle of the week, “Hump Day” and most of us have begun the countdown until the weekend. Maybe your weekend plans include staying home to get some much needed R&R. Or maybe you are looking forward to going to a nearby park or to spending time with family.If your weekend plans include taking a drive in your car or truck, take a minute during the rest of this week to make sure you have supplies in case an emergency should happen. Having emergency supplies in your vehicle could prove useful in situations ranging from popping a tire to being caught in a sudden flash flood. So take a...
Posted On: May 16, 2012
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 OutlookOur friends at NOAA forecast severe weather for most parts of the Middle Mississippi Valley on Sunday, May 6. If severe weather is expected in your area we encourage you to continually monitor weather conditions and listen to NOAA weather radios. Here are some terms you should be familiar with in the event a severe weather watch or warning is issued for your area:...
Posted On: May 4, 2012
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 Outlook This evening, NOAA is forecasting a slight risk for severe thunderstorms that can produce tornadoes for portions of the Central Plains. We urge residents in this area to monitor weather conditions and listen to NOAA weather radios.  Here are some terms you should be familiar with if watches or warnings are issued in your area:Thunderstorms can bring heavy...
Posted On: April 27, 2012
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 Outlook This weekend, there are no significant severe weather threats. The folks at NOAA forecast below normal temperatures for most of the Western U.S. Heavy rainfall is expected across the Mid-Atlantic region and New England. Heavy rainfall over a short period of time can cause flash flooding. If heavy rainfall is expected in your area, be familiar with these terms...
Posted On: April 20, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
As we continue to monitor the aftermath of the storms, Administrator Fugate commented today:  "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who’ve lost loved ones in Oklahoma, and the survivors affected by these storms. FEMA's priority is to support local efforts to keep residents and communities safe, and we remain in close coordination with the affected states. We urge residents to monitor storm conditions, and follow the guidance of their local officials, both for the continuing severe weather threats as well as directions to avoid affected areas.” The importance of being prepared can...
Posted On: April 15, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
We’re continuing to monitor the severe weather in the midwest and southern states through our regional offices in Chicago, Ill., Denton, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo., and we’re closely coordinating with our federal partners at the National Weather Service.  As a result of yesterday’s tornado touchdown in Norman, Okla., we proactively deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team to the Oklahoma City state emergency operations center to support the state response efforts if they are needed. The National Weather Service is expecting a major tornado outbreak today in the Central and...
Posted On: April 14, 2012
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 Outlook This weekend, our friends at NOAA forecast severe weather for parts of the Lower Missouri Valley, Eastern Oklahoma, Western Arkansas, and Northeast Texas. Included in this forecast is a high probability for severe weather – especially in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, where large hail and a few strong tornadoes are possible. Here are some terms you should familiarize...
Posted On: April 13, 2012