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Little Rock, Ark., May 17, 2011 -- Administrator Fugate (Center) meets with several members of the emergency management team in Little Rock, Ark. during the National Level Exercise, a simulated earthquake drill. They are meeting inside a Mobile Emergency Response Support vehicle, which was deployed for the simulation. Monday at 10 a.m. EDT, we received simulated notifications that a catastrophic earthquake has struck the central United States – which means that the National Level Exercise 2011 was officially off and running. While our many partners participating in this exercise have long...
Posted On: May 18, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
On Saturday, we shared how the emergency management team stood ready to support Louisiana as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the decision to open the Morganza Spillway.  We continue to closely coordinate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to ensure the safety and recovery of the people and communities we serve.Below is a video of Col. Ed Fleming, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Gerard Stolar, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, talking about ongoing federal support efforts as the spillway was...
Posted On: May 16, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Today, FEMA, along with other federal, state, local, private sector and other partners will kick off a week-long functional exercise, the capstone event of National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 11), a White House-directed, Congressionally mandated cycle of planning and preparedness events.The NLE 11 functional exercise, which will simulate a catastrophic earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, is scheduled to take place at venues in the national capital region and throughout the central U.S. These exercise activities are being carefully balanced with the current flooding and tornado-...
Posted On: May 16, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
When federal disaster assistance becomes available to individuals, we use many means of communication to encourage disaster survivors to apply with FEMA. One way we get the word out is through our teams of community relations specialists. We’ve talked about community relations teams in the past, after they hit the ground in Alabama encouraging residents to apply for assistance. Recently, teams have been on the ground in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and Georgia, performing door-to-door “sweeps” in affected areas. The work of community relations teams have been in the news lately, and...
Posted On: May 10, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor’s Note: Updated on May 10, 5 p.m. EDT  Yesterday, President Obama made federal disaster assistance available to individuals in five counties in Missouri and Tennessee, to supplement the state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding.   If you live in an eligible county and have sustained losses, you can register for assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov, on your phone at //m.fema.gov, or by calling  800-621-FEMA (3362) / TTY 800-462-7585.If you have flood insurance, this is a good time to locate your policy and...
Posted On: May 9, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Many of you were following our blog and the activities leading up to the Great Central U.S. Shakeout conducted on April 28. Not only was the ShakeOut the multi-state earthquake drill (with 3.1 million participants), there’s no doubt that it was also the most successful drill to take place along the New Madrid Seismic Zone.  Millions of registered participants; from Atlanta, Ga. to Chicago, Ill. took part in the “Drop! Cover! Hold On!”  drill scheduled to teach earthquake safety.Students at the Milford Elementary School in Atlanta, GA participate in the ShakeOut drill. FEMA and...
Posted On: May 9, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We are continuing to support the emergency management team across the southeast as they recover from deadly storms and tornadoes.  Here are some of the latest photos from our Photo Library, highlighting some of the ongoing recovery efforts.Griffin, Ga., May 4, 2011 -- A Catoosa County resident confirms the necessary paper work for filing an application to receive federal funding for damage from the April 27, 2011 tornado. FEMA Disaster Assistance Employee Carol Hill, at the Catoosa County Disaster Recovery Center, explains the process.Concord, Ala., May 4, 2011 -- Federal Coordinating...
Posted On: May 9, 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 teams on the ground in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee, as well as strategically pre-positioned commodities in the region to support the states.Federal Coordinating Officers have been working closely with these affected states to assist them in meeting the...
Posted On: May 6, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Getting Assistance to SurvivorsPresident Obama has made federal disaster assistance available to individuals and business owners in several states in the past two weeks – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee.  If you are in an area that has received a disaster declaration, and you haven't yet, now is the time to register for assistance.  Visit www.disasterassistance.gov to apply online, or //m.fema.gov to apply on your smartphone.  You can also call (800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585 or visit a disaster recovery center in your area....
Posted On: May 6, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
One of the most unsettling aspects after a disaster is establishing contact with family, friends, and loved ones to let them know your whereabouts. In addition, loved ones in other areas are often anxious to hear from those in the affected area to know they are OK. Since the deadly tornadoes struck in the southeast last week, we’ve been encouraging survivors to visit the Red Cross Safe and Well site to connect disaster survivors with their families. Birmingham, AL, May 1, 2011 -- A Red Cross Disaster Relief truck provides meals to residents and workers at the Pratt City deadly April tornado...
Posted On: May 6, 2011