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Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Across the country, communities are using innovative approaches to support COVID-19 response efforts. Each week, FEMA is highlighting these extraordinary efforts so that other others can learn from and expand on them. This week focuses on community members that are going the extra mile to look after essential workers and provide local care.Local Food Truck Provides Meals at Truck StopsOwners of a local food truck in Grand Rapids, Colorado, took it upon themselves to help semi-truck drivers delivering vital supplies across the nation. With statewide stay-at-home orders in place, truck drivers...
Posted On: April 24, 2020
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
In the past few weeks, communities across the country have taken different approaches, and faced different challenges, in their tireless and heroic response to the coronavirus pandemic.  In an effort to preserve and expand on the work of these medical practitioners and emergency managers, FEMA has created a Best Practices page that compiles the most up-to-date, vital information in one central location.FEMA is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human (HHS) to collect and share these best practices and lessons learned. The information can help users learn from one another...
Posted On: April 21, 2020
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
In times of uncertainty, helping others can have a significant impact.  To make the most of your contributions, it’s important to follow these guidelines for donating and volunteering responsibly.  DonationsFinancial contributions to recognized organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and frequently purchase through businesses local to the affected area, which supports economic recovery. Critical needs change rapidly, so do not...
Posted On: March 27, 2020
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
FEMA continues taking aggressive and proactive steps to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Under the direction of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, the Department of Health and Human Services and our federal partners are working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole of America response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories and four tribes are working directly with FEMA under the nationwide emergency declaration for COVID-19. FEMA is working...
Posted On: March 24, 2020
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
(Español) On August 25, 2017, FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) was fully activated to a Level I with all emergency support functions operational, including Department of Defense (DoD) liaisons in preparation for Hurricane Harvey. The NRCC remains at a Level I activation. Prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria, federal personnel were already positioned on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in response to Hurricane Irma.These personnel included federal coordinating officers and Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMATs) on both the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto...
Posted On: September 29, 2017
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Every Friday, we post a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.Hurricane Season ContinuesWe continue to closely monitor Hurricane Ophelia and tropical storm Philippe in the Atlantic. While forecasts from the National Hurricane Center call for Ophelia to stay in the Atlantic, the projected path of Philippe may bring it closer to the U.S. and its territories. While neither storm posts an immediate threat, they serve as a reminder to get prepared for severe tropical weather, especially if you...
Posted On: September 30, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Tropical storm Ophelia is currently churning in the Atlantic, the fifteenth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. We’re closely monitoring the progress of the storm through our regional offices in Atlanta, New York, Denton, Texas and our Caribbean Area Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico.While it is too early to know whether Ophelia will pose a threat to the U.S. mainland or territories, it’s never too early to be prepared. Hurricane season runs through November 30, if you haven’t already, visit Ready.gov/hurricanes for tips on creating your family emergency plan and getting an emergency...
Posted On: September 21, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Many communities across the country continue to recover from natural disasters - and members of the emergency management team are working tirelessly to support the affected individuals and communities. The photos below show this team in action in the past week – a team that includes federal, state and local government agencies, voluntary and faith-based organizations, the private sector, and concerned citizens.For more FEMA photos, visit our Photo Library. If you’d like to learn more about helping those recovering from a disaster, visit fema.gov/howtohelp.Hickory Point, NC, September 17, 2011...
Posted On: September 21, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Duryea, PA, September 16, 2011 -- During a tour of the flood damage caused by tropical storm Lee, Vice President Joe Biden stops to ask a young resident how she is holding up.We continue to support our state, local and tribal partners as recovery efforts are in full swing in states affected by this summer’s flooding from the remnants of tropical storm Lee. To date, over $19.4 million of federal assistance has been approved in eligible counties to jumpstart survivors’ recovery and help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other...
Posted On: September 19, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Every Friday, we do a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.Disaster Recovery Continues Bastrop County, TX, September 15, 2011 --FEMA Community Relations specialists prepare bags with registration information at the Bastrop, TX High School stadium during the first game of the football season. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by recent fires. As we go into one of the last weekends of summer, many communities around the...
Posted On: September 16, 2011