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Severe weather outlookSevere weather will affect much of the U.S. over the coming days, as forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for: above normal temperatures to continue across the southeast, continued flooding for those along the Mississippi River and in much of the Great Plains, heavy precipitation and lower temperatures for northern California, and severe drought conditions to continue across the south, especially in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. Check your local forecast at //www.weather.gov/ and mobile.weather.gov and get prepared for the hazards in your...
Posted On: June 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families in central and western Massachusetts impacted by the tornadoes that swept through the Northeast last night. This morning, FEMA is joining the state in conducting assessments of areas of western and central Massachusetts affected by yesterday’s severe weather and tornadoes. In addition, a regional Incident Management Assistance Team is on the ground in Massachusetts to assist state response efforts, as needed.As we mentioned last night, we continue to closely monitoring the impact of the storm through our regional office in Boston, Mass., and...
Posted On: June 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Updated at 10:05pm EST: Massachusetts Resources:www.mass.gov/mema, twitter.com/MassEMA, twitter.com/MassGovernor Updated at 8:50pm EST: At the request of the respective states, FEMA has liaison officers in place in Massachusetts and Vermont, and a liaison officer has been in contact with New Hampshire emergency management officials. These officials are working with state officials and are in place to help coordinate federal support, if needed. Through our regional office in Boston, we're closely monitoring the severe weather and tornado watches and warnings as they continue throughout...
Posted On: June 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We continue to support the affected states and the entire emergency management team in the ongoing recovery, from the severe storms in the Midwest to the heavy flooding along the Mississippi River.Throughout every step of the process, we continue to work with our partners to support those impacted by the recent disasters. Here are some of recent shots from our photo library that show the emergency management team in action:Joplin, Mo., May 29, 2011 -- FEMA personnel work inside a Mobile Emergency Response Support vehicle, equipped with video and telephone communications equipment. FEMA is...
Posted On: May 31, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Hackleburg, AL, May 29, 2011 -- Secretary Napolitano and Congressman Aderholt meet with volunteers at the Hackelburg volunteer coordination center.Yesterday, as part of the Obama administration's ongoing commitment to assisting the long-term recovery efforts of communities affected by recent severe weather, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano surveyed the progress made in response and recovery efforts in the month following the storms and tornadoes that struck the Southeast region this spring.She was joined by Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Hackleburg Mayor Douglas Gunnin,...
Posted On: May 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor’s note: the blog post is cross-posted from the White House blog and updated May 30 with a video and photos.Today, President Obama traveled to Joplin, Missouri to meet with those in the community who lost so much in the tornados last week and participate in a Memorial Service at Missouri Southern University.Before the Memorial Service, President Obama visited one of the neighborhoods that was devastated by the tornadoes. After seeing the extensive tornado damage the President spoke to the people of Joplin and reminded them that they are not alone in this tragedy:The main thing I just...
Posted On: May 29, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The survivors of the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, in Alabama and Mississippi, and in all other states currently recovering from disasters have been through a lot and we are committed to helping them every step of the way.When survivors apply for individual disaster aid through FEMA, their needs are assessed based on a number of factors, based on eligibility requirements laid out under federal law. After a survivor registers with FEMA, they receive a letter from us explaining the status of their application, and whether or not they will receive assistance.We know the recipients of these...
Posted On: May 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As National Hurricane Preparedness Week comes to a close, we wanted to share tips on how to prepare both your home and families before, during, and after severe tropical weather.  All week, we've been sharing ways you can get prepared for the various hazards associated with a hurricane, so we wanted to end the week with a more tips on protecting your home and family from a hurricane.In addition to the tips below, you can get more information on preparing for hurricanes and tropical storms at www.Ready.gov/hurricanes.Tips for protecting your home: Make plans to secure your property....
Posted On: May 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We wanted to share two stories from Joplin, Mo. about the ongoing recovery efforts:  In case you missed it, Administrator Fugate shared an update on Joplin in an interview this morning with National Public Radio. He also focused on the role of the federal government after a disaster strikes. Yesterday, players from the National Football League met with disaster survivors and surveyed damages in Joplin, and here are some of the articles recapping the visits. joplinglobe.com: Bradford, teammates provide smiles in Joplin (May 27) espn.com: Rams giving $25,000 to tornado relief (May...
Posted On: May 28, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Severe weather outlookThis Memorial Day weekend, forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for potentially severe weather in many parts of the U.S., including: continued flooding along the Mississippi River, and in parts of the Great Plains, the eastern half of the country will experience high temperatures than normal through the weekend, and severe drought conditions across the south, stretching from parts of Arizona into Florida. Visit the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center for a full forecast, and make sure to take steps to get prepared for the hazards...
Posted On: May 27, 2011