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We’ve mentioned the Great California ShakeOut several times on the blog, but wanted to put out a friendly reminder now that it’s right around the corner. On Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m. Pacific time, over 8 million people will participate in an earthquake drill to practice how to safely duck, take cover, and hold on in the event of an earthquake.With the ShakeOut just a few days away, here are a few reminders about the drill:  You don’t need to be in California to participate - The recent earthquake on the East Coast shows that earthquakes can happen practically anytime,...
Posted On: October 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
PoEmmitsburg, MD, October 16, 2011 -- The names of firefighters who lost their lives in 2010 are unveiled at the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial. Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator, and Glenn Gaines, Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration, were in attendance to honor those who lost their lives serving their communities, and support the families they leave behind. (Photo courtesy of Fallen Firefighters Foundation)Yesterday, the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted a memorial service remembering firefighters who have lost...
Posted On: October 17, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Every Friday, we post a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.Possible Tropical Storm SystemsHurricane season lasts until November 30, and we’re currently closely watching two areas of interest with a chance of developing into a more organized tropical storm system. Since hurricane season started back in June, we’ve been working on a daily basis with our partners at the National Hurricane Center as they provide the latest forecast information for both the Atlantic and Pacific basins.The...
Posted On: October 14, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Every Friday, we post a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.The Week in PhotosIn many communities across the U.S., we continue to support individuals and communites as they recover from disasters. Below are a few photos from the past week that show the recovery efforts in action. For more on our role, visit our disaster pages.Madison, CT, October 6, 2011 -- FEMA Community Education Specialist Warren Kurten, left, shows a local resident a mitigation activity book during an event held at a...
Posted On: October 7, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Joplin, Mo., September 22, 2011 -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (middle), FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino (right) and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tour the damaged high school. Just four months after a tornado destroyed the school, students were able to start the new school year on time in temporary facility.Yesterday, we shared a blog featured on the Blog @ Homeland Security from Secretary Napolitano describing her visit to Joplin, Mo. alongside FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to survey the progress of the ongoing...
Posted On: September 23, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: On September 1, Video of Administrator Fugate's visit to Vermont on August 30 was added.  The administration, coordinated through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the states and territories that have been affected by Hurricane Irene.FEMA, through our regional offices in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the states and territories that have been affected. Over the past several days,...
Posted On: August 31, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since Irene first threatened the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico last week, we’ve been posting updates on this blog about our efforts to support our state, local, territorial and tribal partners. Even before Irene made landfall in Puerto Rico, the federal family was taking proactive steps to ensure assets and personnel were readily available to support the potentially affected areas, as needed.  The bottom line is that meeting the needs of disaster survivors and affected communities after a disaster requires a team effort, and determining the extent of support is done through close...
Posted On: August 31, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The administration, coordinated through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the states and territories that have been affected by Hurricane Irene.FEMA, through our regional offices in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the states and territories that have been affected. Over the past several days, President Obama has declared a major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and emergency declarations...
Posted On: August 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
To help manage the generous outpouring of support for those individuals and communities affected by Irene, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether you’re looking to volunteer or send donations.Along with our partners at the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, here are reminders when helping those impacted by Irene:  Donate through a trusted organization – At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. In addition to the...
Posted On: August 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Even though Tropical Storm Irene has dissipated, the inland flooding that it has left in its wake still poses a very real and immediate threat. There are many areas where inland flooding may yet occur or worsen, don’t put yourself at risk; follow the instructions of local officials. In some areas rivers have not crested yet. Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack will visit North Carolina, while Administrator Fugate will go to Vermont to meet with state and local officials and survey damages of the ongoing effects from Irene.Yesterday,...
Posted On: August 30, 2011