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Greeneville, TN, May 2, 2011 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate speaks at a press conference in Greeneville, Tennessee after viewing damage from last Thursday’s tornadoes that ripped through Eastern Tennessee and across the south east part of the country. Behind the Administrator from left to right are Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, State Senator Steve Southerland, U.S. Representative Phil Roe, and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Bassham.Coming on the heels of his trips to Alabama and Mississippi last week (April 28 and April 29) and over the weekend, today Administrator...
Posted On: May 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the devastating storms and tornadoes struck the southeast last week, the federal government has been supporting the emergency management team in supporting the ongoing response and recovery efforts. Administrator Fugate traveled to Alabama on Thursday, April 28, and linked up with President Obama the following day. Yesterday, several Cabinet members visited Alabama as well.The videos below, courtesy of the White House blog, are of President Obama’s visit to the affected area. For the latest updates on the ongoing response and recovery to the southeast tornadoes, visit the Severe Storms...
Posted On: May 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Administrator Craig Fugate and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano traveled to Alabama and Mississippi yesterday with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Small Business Administration Administrator (SBA) Karen Mills to survey the damage and the response and recovery efforts underway.  American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern also joined the delegation.The administration officials visited the Pratt City Command Center in Birmingham, Ala., with Mayor William Bell to tour the damage and meet with first...
Posted On: May 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.At the request of the respective governors, FEMA currently has personnel on the ground in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and commodities strategically pre-positioned in the region to support the states.Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan, Agriculture...
Posted On: May 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes and severe storms struck parts of the country, FEMA began mobilizing people and resources to support several states in which entire communities were devastated by some of the most powerful tornadoes ever seen. As we work with our local, state, and Federal partners, here are some photos from the past few days:President Barack Obama talks with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate to discuss the continuing federal disaster relief efforts for areas affected by the devastating severe storms...
Posted On: May 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country earlier this week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.At the request of the respective governors, FEMA currently has personnel on the ground in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and commodities strategically pre-positioned in the region to support the states.President Obama joined Administrator Fugate, the Governor and other state and local officials on the ground in Alabama...
Posted On: April 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities struck by the deadly series of tornadoes and severe storms that swept through many of our southern and Midwestern states late last week and over the weekend. FEMA, through our regional offices in Denton, Texas and Atlanta has been closely monitoring the storms and their aftermath, and has been in constant contact with the impacted states. Yesterday, President Obama spoke with Governor Bentley of Alabama and Governor Perdue of North Carolina to let them know that the entire federal government, through FEMA, stands ready to support...
Posted On: April 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
On our blog we are always talking about the team effort that is involved when it comes to emergency management. This team effort was on display this past Thursday as multiple federal agencies, including FEMA Regional Administrators Nancy Ward and Ken Murphy, as well as our state partners in Alaska testified before the House Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations regarding Tsunami preparedness for the United States.Washington, DC, April 14, 2011 -- (From left to right) Mary Glackin, Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere for NOAA, FEMA Region IX...
Posted On: April 15, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: On May 16, 2011, we removed an image of the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map.Severe weather outlookFEMA continues to closely monitor a severe weather pattern as the threat of tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds emerges over many parts of Alabama and Mississippi, and continued red flag warnings in Texas.  Severe storms could also affect parts of Eastern Missouri, central and southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and the Florida panhandle through Saturday.Stay connected to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center for severe...
Posted On: April 15, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Last month Administrator Fugate did a blog post asking you for your questions about FEMA and/or emergency management in general.  You responded with some great ones and below is a video from Administrator Fugate answering a few:  
Posted On: April 14, 2011