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Author: Michael Widomski
Washington, D.C., March 13, 2012 -- Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, discusses the new partnership between AmeriCorps' Corporation for National and Community Service and FEMA. The new partnership is designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to and recover from disasters while expanding career opportunities for young people. Along with our partners at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), we announced the creation of FEMA Corps, which sets the foundation for a new generation of emergency managers.  FEMA Corps...
Posted On: March 13, 2012
Author: Michael Widomski
Most of you have been following the tornadoes that struck several southern and mid-western states last week. As you may have read on this blog and in the news, FEMA and its federal partners remain in close contact with emergency officials in impacted states across the country.We did a post last March on FEMA’s role in responding to spring flooding, which also included an explanation of the disaster declaration process. As state and local emergency officials assess damage in their jurisdictions, we thought it would be helpful to citizens to once again explain how disaster declarations are...
Posted On: March 7, 2012
Author: Michael Widomski
Deputy Administrator Serino will host the second Think Tank conference call tomorrow, Feb. 17 from 1:00 p.m. EST (10:00 a.m. PDT) from San Francisco, CA. This month’s call will focus on technology in emergency management including smartphone apps and amateur radio.Here are the three ideas that we will discuss:Smartphone AppsCharitable Donations Rescue NeededAmateur RadioAmateur Radio The call is open to the public, so anyone interested can join the call. Here’s the call-in information:Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT)Call in number: 800-369-1986Password: Think Tank...
Posted On: February 16, 2012
Author: Michael Widomski
You’re familiar with the candy hearts with the sayings, “Be Mine,” “Cutie Pie” or “Sweet Talk.” What if there were hearts that read “Be Prepared” or “Get Ready”?Every year on Feb. 14th, the streets are usually filled with people carrying flowers and boxes of chocolates.This Valentine’s Day, why not think outside the candy box and truly demonstrate your devotion by helping loved ones be prepared? Think about it. In the end you’ll also be helping yourself by ensuring that the ones you love are around for a long time to come.So, how can you do this?All of us here at FEMA have provided some...
Posted On: February 14, 2012
Author: Michael Widomski
Today at 10:15 a.m. CST (11:15 a.m. EST) -- millions of people across the U.S. will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. The drill is the largest earthquake preparedness event in central U.S. history. And don’t worry, even if you don’t live in the central U.S. you can still participate. Earthquakes can strike without warning, and you will only have seconds to react - so it’s important that everyone participates in the drill to ensure you know what to do should an earthquake strike.It only takes a couple of minutes to participate in the drill and practice these three simple steps...
Posted On: February 7, 2012
Author: Michael Widomski
Last Thursday, February 1, Deputy Administrator Rich Serino announced the Employee Workforce Transformation -- a new disaster workforce-centric program aimed at ensuring we at FEMA, are the most prepared, well trained, informed, and engaged emergency management team possible.Under the theme, every employee is an emergency manager, the re-organization aims to harness the dedication and expertise of every employee. Throughout 2012, FEMA will be placing significant emphasis on developing and implementing a number of key initiatives to improve and enhance the work experience of the total disaster...
Posted On: February 6, 2012
Author: Michael Widomski
Published by: Michael Widomski, Deputy Director, Public Affairs Today, the Senate unanimously confirmed Ernest (Ernie) Mitchell Jr. as the Administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).After the vote, Administrator Fugate praised the action:  With decades of experience fighting fires and leading fire service organizations, Chief Mitchell will be a great addition to our team at FEMA and a tremendous asset to firefighters and first responders around the country.As with our other senior leaders at FEMA, he comes from a state and local background, which means he understands the kind...
Posted On: November 18, 2011
Author: Michael Widomski
Published by: Michael Widomski, Deputy Director, Public Affairs Have you ever had a trip not go according to plans? The comedy film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles with Steve Martin and John Candy focuses on the efforts of a man trying to get home for the holidays. In true Hollywood fashion though, everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.As you and your family gear up for the holiday travel season, I wanted to provide you with some travel safety tips. Because, albeit watching travel disasters on the screen makes for big laughs, these predicaments are far from funny when they happen to...
Posted On: November 18, 2011
Author: Michael Widomski
Posted by: Michael Widomski, Deputy Director, Public AffairsI wanted to share with you a short video Administrator Fugate recorded to show his appreciation of our nation’s veterans: At FEMA we are fortunate to have veterans from all five branches of our nation’s military working at headquarters, in our regional offices and on the ground. We appreciate all that they have done by serving in the armed forces and all that they continue to do with their public service here at FEMA. They bring extensive experience and expertise to every phase of the disaster cycle – preparedness, response,...
Posted On: November 11, 2011