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Atlanta, GA, August 25, 2011 -- The Region IV Region Response Coordination Center in Atlanta, Ga. has been fully activated to prepare for for the threat of Hurricane Irene impacting North and South Carolina. FEMA regional offices along the East Coast, in Philadelphia, Penn., Boston, Mass. and New York, N.Y. are also working closely with potentially affected states. Through our regional offices in Boston, Mass., Philadelphia, Penn., New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the territories that have been...
Posted On: August 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We’re continuing to closely monitor Hurricane Irene as it threatens much of the East Coast, from Florida to Maine. While it’s too soon to tell exactly where Irene will make landfall or have the most significant impacts, Administrator Fugate has an update on the ways you can get prepared:  Know if you’re in an evacuation zone, and what your plan is to evacuate if local officials give the order. If you’re not in an evacuation zone, be prepared for potential flooding and power outages. Make sure your emergency kit has supplies to sustain you, your family, and your pets for at least 72...
Posted On: August 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor’s Note: As Hurricane Irene makes its way up the East Coast, our state and local partners are encouraging those in their communities to get prepared. For those in New York City, we wanted to share an important update from Mayor Bloomberg on how they can get prepared. This morning, the Mayor made remarks outside a place of worship in Queens, and here are excerpts of his address.Visit nyc.gov for Mayor Bloomberg’s complete remarks. For information on getting prepared for a hurricane or tropical storm, visit www.Ready.gov/hurricanes.   By the time Irene gets to us, which is...
Posted On: August 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
It’s still uncertain where Hurricane Irene will make the most impact along the East Coast – but one thing is certain – all those along the East Coast should take steps to get prepared.Whether you live in a coastal area in South Carolina, an apartment in New York City, or a farm in Maine that’s away from the coast, it’s worth getting your family and home prepared. Whether Irene is a major hurricane or tropical storm when it comes to your area, it will bring significant rainfall and potentially damaging winds, increasing the risk of flooding and potential power outages.As we continue to work...
Posted On: August 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Washington, D.C., August 24, 2011 -- Bill Read, Director of NOAA's National Hurricane Center (on-screen, center), provides a briefing to federal and state partners on Hurricane Irene via videoteleconference.Through our regional offices in Boston, Mass., Philadelphia, Penn., New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the territories that have been affected, and states that may be impacted.On Monday, President Obama declared an emergency for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, making available federal resources to...
Posted On: August 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As Hurricane Irene continues to move through the Atlantic, we continue to be in close contact and coordination with all of our state and territorial partners in the Caribbean and along the East Coast that have already or could possibly experience impacts from this storm.  At this time, Hurricane Irene is a category three hurricane, according to the Staffir-Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.What You Can DoYesterday, we emphasized that those along the East Coast should get prepared since Irene’s future path is uncertain. As Irene continues its approach toward the...
Posted On: August 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Through our regional offices in Boston, Mass., Philadelphia, Penn., New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the territories that have been affected, and states that may be impacted.Last night, President Obama declared an emergency for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, making available federal resources to support response efforts. In advance of Irene moving through the territories, we deployed teams to both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to coordinate directly with local officials on the ground.And at...
Posted On: August 23, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
According to United States Geologic Survey, the mid-Atlantic Region of the United States experienced a 5.9 magnitude earthquake this afternoon. Along with the entire federal family, we are closely monitoring the situation and are in close contact and coordination with our federal and state partners in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland and the surrounding areas.There are no initial reports of significant damages, but we will continue to coordinate closely with our state and local partners to assess their needs.Today’s earthquake in the mid-Atlantic region is a great reminder that...
Posted On: August 23, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: A list of emergency management agencies along the East Coast is below.  For our latest update on Irene, visit the Severe Tropical Weather category on the blog.  We’re continuing to closely monitor Hurricane Irene through our regional offices in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Atlanta. As the storm continues through the Caribbean, current forecasts from the National Hurricane Center project Irene may continue to strengthen and could make landfall anywhere along the East Coast.We continue to be in constant contact and coordination with all of our state and...
Posted On: August 23, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 21, 2011 -- Caribbean Area Division Director, Alejandro De La Campa provides the press with information about FEMA's ongoing activities in support of the Puerto Rico government response operations to Hurricane Irene.At the direction of President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano, we continue to work with our federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local partners, as well as voluntary organizations, the private sector, and others to aggressively prepare as hurricane Irene approaches the continental U.S.  In advance of Irene moving through the territories,...
Posted On: August 22, 2011