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Our thoughts and prayers are with the families in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and other states impacted by tornadoes last night.In Oklahoma, FEMA already has staff on the ground, including a Federal Coordinating Officer embedded with state officials at the Oklahoma Emergency Operations Center, and in Arkansas, we also have a Federal Coordinating Officer embedded with state officials at their Emergency Operations Center. FEMA also has proactively placed two Incident Management Assistance Teams on stand-by to assist with coordination efforts, should they be needed and requested by the state....
Posted On: May 25, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note, May 25, 11:50 a.m.: See this updated blog post for the latest on our ongoing support for the ongoing tornado response and recovery efforts.Through our regional offices in Denton, Texas and Kansas City, Mo., we are closely monitoring the severe storms and tornadoes currently passing through Oklahoma and parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. We stand ready to support our state partners and the entire emergency management team across the affected area as they prepare for and respond to the severe weather.As President Obama has said throughout the day, if you are in the...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Hurricane season is fast approaching (beginning June 1), and we are encouraging those in hurricane-prone areas to get prepared as part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Yesterday, we focused on getting prepared for the storm surge often caused by hurricanes– today’s theme is keeping your family and home safe from tropical storm- and hurricane-force winds.While hurricane-force winds often make the news, there’s no such thing as “just a tropical storm”. Hurricane- and tropical storm-force winds can send debris through the air, causing damage to homes and businesses. Also, hurricanes can...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's note, June 2, 2011: Added Administrator Fugate's video about the best ways to help the people of Joplin.To help manage the generous outpouring of support for Joplin, Mo., tornado survivors, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether volunteering or making donations.Along with our partners at the Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, here are some specific ways to help those impacted by the recent storms and tornadoes.Donate or Volunteer The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency has established a web portal to coordinate...
Posted On: May 24, 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.The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend.Through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL, has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck,...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we continue to support the states’ efforts to recover from the deadly tornadoes that struck over the weekend, we are also closely monitoring the threat of severe weather today for the central U.S., including in Joplin, Mo. The National Weather Service is forecasting severe storms (with the possibility of tornadoes) for parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri – if you’re in the area, make sure you are prepared for potential severe weather: Have a safe place to go in case a severe storm or tornado is imminent. The safest place is inside, in an interior room on the lowest level...
Posted On: May 24, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: We added to Monday's activities and added a photo of President Obama.The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend. FEMA, through our regional offices in Kansas City, Mo. and Chicago, Ill., has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck, and has already deployed staff and resources to the impacted areas in Missouri to help with response needs.Both President Obama and DHS...
Posted On: May 23, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Today marks the start of National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2011. President Obama recently designated May 22-28, 2011, as National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and called upon all Americans, especially those in hurricane prone areas as well as inland areas, to learn more about how to protect themselves against hurricanes and to work together, as a whole community, to respond to and recover from them.FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are partnering once again to get the message out about the importance of preparedness for hurricanes and other possible...
Posted On: May 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Severe Weather OutlookThis spring has been filled with severe weather so far, and forecasts from the National Weather Service say it’s likely to continue in many parts of the country. Flooding is expected to continue along the Mississippi River, from Illinois down to Louisiana. Parts of North and South Dakota are also expected to see flooding over the next ten days as well.Drought conditions are projected to continue across the southern U.S., particularly in New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Florida. For your local forecast, go to //www.weather.gov/ or //mobile.weather.gov/ on your phone. And...
Posted On: May 20, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: We wanted to share a blog post from our friends at the Centers for Disease Control.  Preparing for a zombie attack, or other fictional disasters, can provide useful tips to get prepared for a real disaster.  The following is an excerpt of the original blog post on the CDC Public Health Matters Blog May 16th, 2011 by Ali S. Khan.There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey,...
Posted On: May 19, 2011