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Author: Lars Anderson
On July 3, 2012, President Obama declared a major disaster in the state of Florida, making federal disaster assistance available in many counties for those affected by Tropical Storm Debby.  Among the many FEMA staff who deployed to support our state and local partners’ response and recovery efforts was Marlene Phillips. Marlene’s day-to-day job is serving at FEMA headquarters as a Public Affairs Specialist, whose primary responsibility does not include regular deployments to the field.The account below is from Marlene’s experience working as a Community Relations Specialist in the areas...
Posted On: August 2, 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.Severe weather outlookLast night’s severe storms may have an encore today, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service. Portions of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic are at slight risk of severe thunderstorms later today, so those in the potentially affected area should keep up-to-date with their forecast and make sure they are prepared.Severe storms can bring high winds, heavy...
Posted On: July 27, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Today, we are proud to unveil the new FEMA.gov. As Administrator Fugate said in his video, this is not just an update to the look and feel of our site – the new fema.gov is completely redesigned from the inside out.To set the stage for the project, here are a few numbers:Over 3,300 pages were reviewed, updated and migrated to the new site; Over 300 users across the agency were trained to manage and edit content on the site; Over 30,000 news releases migrated to the new site; and Over 17,000 disaster pages migrated to the new site.We began the overhaul of the FEMA.gov site...
Posted On: July 19, 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. Severe weather outlook The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is calling for above average temperatures next week for much of the Upper Midwest, while portions of the Ohio and Tennessee Valley may experience heavy rains. And, as you can see in the predominant brown portions of the map above currently on the National Weather Service website, drought conditions will...
Posted On: July 13, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
The Administration, through FEMA, remains committed to providing support to Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states affected by last week’s storms. FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center and regional offices in Chicago, Ill. and Philadelphia, Pa., have been in constant coordination with our federal partners as well as impacted states since the storms first struck on Friday, to make sure there are no unmet needs.The following timeline provides an overview of federal activities, to date, in support of the impacted states, families and communities.Thursday, July 5  At the request of the...
Posted On: July 5, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
The Administration, through FEMA, continues to provide support to Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states affected by last week’s storms.  Through FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center and Regional offices in Chicago, Ill. and Philadelphia, Pa., we have been in constant coordination with our federal partners as well as impacted states since the storms first struck on Friday, to make sure there are no unmet needs.  The following timeline provides an overview of federal activities, to date, in support of the impacted states, families and communities. Tuesday, July 3 U.S....
Posted On: July 3, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
As a result of Friday’s severe weather that struck many parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, President Obama issued emergency disaster declarations for all counties within the states of West Virginia and Ohio in response to requests from Ohio Governor John Kasich and West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities who suffered damage as a result of these severe storms and for those who are in areas without power. Please remember to check on your neighbors and stay in touch with friends and family who may be impacted by the...
Posted On: July 1, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been affected by the storms that struck many states last night, including parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. We’re continuing to monitor the storm’s aftermath and we’re working closely with all of the states that were affected. If you are in an area impacted by the storm last night, please continue to listen to local officials, and make sure you do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with a downed power line. When it’s safe to do so, report down...
Posted On: June 30, 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.  President Barack Obama tours fire damage with elected officials and firefighters in the Mountain Shadows residential neighborhood in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 29, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) Ongoing wildfire response  If you have been watching the news this week, you’re probably familiar with the ongoing wildfire fight...
Posted On: June 29, 2012
Author: Lars Anderson
Posted by: Lars Anderson, Director, Public AffairsWe’re continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Debby as it continues to create dangerous conditions along much of the Gulf Coast. According to the National Hurricane Center’s forecast at 5 p.m. Eastern time today, Debby is expected to bring large amounts of rain to affected areas – especially northern and central Florida, southeast Georgia, and coastal South Carolina. In some areas, over 15 inches of rain is expected this week. June 25 - National Hurricane Center projected rain totals for the next three days. Image originally inserted as...
Posted On: June 25, 2012