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Author: Mark Peterson
View in FEMA Multimedia Library August 1st marks the 50th anniversary of the National Flood Insurance Act, the guiding legislation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The program provides flood insurance coverage to millions of households and small businesses in over 22,000 communities and also provides floodplain management and building codes to protect those communities from future flooding. We talk to David Maurstad, FEMA’s chief executive for the National Flood Insurance Program, about the history of the program and reflect on the public service of...
Posted On: August 1, 2018
Author: Mark Peterson
 Are you a life-long learner, or do you enjoy discovering new topics you didn’t even realize you’d find interesting?That seems to be the outcome for a majority of podcast listeners who access this popular digital platform in ever increasing numbers to listen and learn about an array of topics from hard-hitting news to how things work. Described as “Internet-radio-on-demand,” the world of podcasting has exploded in recent years as an easy-to-use, mobile source of information, as well as a rare, but welcome reprieve from the ever present smartphone or laptop screen...
Posted On: June 14, 2018
Author: Mark Peterson
At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend. Weather Outlook It appears the weather this weekend will be relatively nice and everyone can enjoy the holiday weekend according to our friends at NOAA. As of today, there are no significant weather threats expected across the U.S.Severe drought conditions are expected to continue throughout parts of the Southeast, Central and Southern Great Plains, Southwest, and Upper...
Posted On: April 6, 2012
Author: Mark Peterson
Over the last few days Flat Stanley has been making his way around Washington, DC with a very special chaperone, Administrator Craig Fugate. We’re excited Flat Stanley was able to join Craig in some very important meetings, take a tour of FEMA Headquarters and even learn a lesson on how to be prepared when disasters strike.Craig and Flat Stanley even took a moment out of their busy schedule to shoot this video to help us get the word out to families and communities about getting prepared for disasters, including severe weather and home fire prevention.As Flat Stanly learned while visiting www...
Posted On: April 5, 2012
Author: Mark Peterson
On March 1, 2012, the State of Illinois requested assistance from FEMA to conduct Preliminary Damage Assessments as a result of the severe storms and tornadoes that affected Illinois on February 29. Those same storms caused significant impacts across much of the Midwest and South, and we also received requests to support PDA’s in Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Disaster reservists and staff from our regional and headquarters offices immediately deployed to the affected areas to support our states.Among the staff deployed was Susanna Marking, who in her day-to-day job is a...
Posted On: April 5, 2012
Author: Mark Peterson
  Over the past several weeks, we’ve talked a lot about supporting several states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia) with joint preliminary damage assessments as a result of the recent wave of severe storms and tornadoes, and I wanted to provide a little information into what this means, and what a PDA team does when they are on the ground.PDA TeamsFollowing a disaster, a Governor requests PDAs as the first step in the declaration process. Federal representatives, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, join state, tribal, and local officials to form what we...
Posted On: March 20, 2012
Author: Mark Peterson
Chicago, Ill., Jan. 12, 2012 --Administrator Fugate addresses a collection of federal, state and local officials, as well as private sector partners, regarding working together during a complex disaster response. For our FEMA regional offices across the country, engaging internal and external stakeholders in planning for future emergencies is a top priority. This means building relationships throughout the whole community to find opportunities to prepare both man-made and natural hazards.FEMA Region V, which covers Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, is currently...
Posted On: January 13, 2012