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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.Weather outlookAs summer starts to fade into fall in some areas of the country, we continue to closely watch the tropics.  As you know, we are currently at the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, and the season continues until November 30. Currently, tropical storm Nadine is swirling in the Atlantic ocean and poses no threat to the U.S. or its territories. Keep up with the latest...
Posted On: September 14, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
As we often say at FEMA, emergencies can strike at any moment, anywhere which is why it’s so important to be prepared for an emergency.  The Center for Domestic Preparedness provides responders with knowledge to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from chemical, biological, explosive, radiological, or other hazardous materials incidents. This training has proven to be a critical investment in ensuring responders, individuals, and communities are prepared for an emergency.We wanted to share the recent experiences of Sutter Health employees that completed the Healthcare...
Posted On: September 12, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
September is National Preparedness Month, and FEMA is encouraging individuals, organizations, and communities to promote emergency preparedness by taking the Pledge to Prepare for natural disasters.  Now is the perfect time for those living in coastal states, as well as inland areas to consider the hazards that hurricanes and tropical storms bring, making areas vulnerable to risks such as flooding, high winds, tornadoes and storm surge.According to the National Hurricane Center, August through October are the peak months for the Atlantic hurricane season, which continues until November...
Posted On: September 7, 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 partners at the National Weather Service continue to monitor tropical weather activity, specifically a low pressure system that is producing overcast and some rain along the Gulf Coast.  Although this system has a low chance of becoming a tropical cyclone, we will also continue to monitor weather conditions.We are also monitoring Tropical Storm Leslie and...
Posted On: September 7, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
We often say that FEMA is one part of the team that helps Americans prepare, respond, and recover from disasters.  Over the past few weeks, this has been very evident in the response and recovery to Hurricane Isaac around the Gulf Coast.  In addition to the tireless work of our federal, state, local, and tribal government partners, the support of countless non-profit and voluntary organizations has been vital in providing assistance to survivors of Isaac. Below are three stories that demonstrate the work of a few of our non-profit partners: the Humane Society, the Salvation...
Posted On: September 5, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Today, President Barack Obama met with state and local officials in Louisiana and viewed ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano traveled to Mississippi and Louisiana on Sunday to visit areas damaged by the storm.  Also, Administrator Craig Fugate has been in the impacted region since before the storm made landfall. In Louisiana and Mississippi, he has been traveling and meeting with disaster survivors, state and local officials and FEMA staff.  National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD)...
Posted On: September 3, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
In the wake of Hurricane Isaac, voluntary agencies continue to be a vital member of the disaster response and recovery team, working alongside state and local emergency responders to help to address immediate needs of survivors. The public can play an important role with the emergency management team, volunteering their time, money, and energy to help disaster survivors and their families. There are ways individuals can support the ongoing response and recovery efforts, whether they live in one of the affected areas or across the country.Administrator Fugate commented:When disasters occur,...
Posted On: September 3, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano traveled to Mississippi and Louisiana to visit some of the areas damaged by the storm. President Obama plans to visit Louisiana on Monday to meet with state and local officials and assess the ongoing response and recovery efforts from Hurricane Isaac. Administrator Craig Fugate has been in the impacted region since before the storm made landfall. In Louisiana and Mississippi, he has been traveling and meeting with disaster survivors, state and local officials and FEMA staff, and commented:The hard work begins for survivors who are...
Posted On: September 2, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Jackson, Miss., Aug. 30, 2012 -- FEMA personnel set up operations in the Mississippi State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during Hurricane Isaac. FEMA/Tim BurkittAt the direction of President Barack Obama, FEMA continues to coordinate the federal government's efforts to support state, local, tribal, private sector, and faith-based and non-profit partners, as the Gulf Coast states respond and recover in the wake of Isaac.FEMA and Federal partners remain on the ground in communities affected by Hurricane Isaac. More than 1350 FEMA staff are on the ground in Louisiana and Mississippi,...
Posted On: September 1, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
(August 30 - FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate surveys flooding in Madisonville, La. with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. (Photo courtesy of Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness)Earlier today, the President held a call with a number of Parish Presidents, Mayors, and County Leaders from Louisiana and Mississippi let them know that they and their communities were in his thoughts and prayers and make clear that he had directed FEMA to continue to make all resources available. The President plans to visit Louisiana on Monday to meet with local officials and...
Posted On: August 31, 2012