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Author: FEMA Public Affairs
In previous blog posts, we’ve shared widgets and other web resources you can use to share information on emergency preparedness. With National Preparedness Month underway and the peak of hurricane season upon us, we wanted to share a collection of web videos that you can embed directly on your website or link to that promotes emergency preparedness.The videos make this simple point: whether you’re a business owner, employee, educator, student, parent or concerned citizen, there are simple steps you can take today to get your organization, school, community or family better prepared before a...
Posted On: September 16, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Yesterday, on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, millions around the world remembered those that were killed, their families, the first responders and members of the military who valiantly serve America every day. Our own Deputy Administrator Rich Serino went back to his hometown of Boston, Mass. to attend a memorial service with Secretary Napolitano, where hundreds gathered at the Massachusetts State House as the names were read aloud of the 206 Massachusetts residents that were killed on that day.And as part of the Day of Remembrance and Service, Deputy...
Posted On: September 12, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and communities being impacted by the wildfires in Texas. We continue to work closely with the Texas Department of Emergency Management, Texas Forest Service and the Small Business Administration throughout the duration of these fires, and we are supporting the firefighting efforts.Last night, the President signed a major disaster declaration for Texas, making federal aid available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by wildfires that began on August 30, 2011. The President’s action makes federal...
Posted On: September 10, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Between wildfires in Texas, remnants of tropical storm Lee causing heavy rains and flooding in the northeast, and developing tropical storm systems in the Atlantic, here’s an overview of what we’re doing to continue supporting states – whether they are responding to current disasters or preparing for the next one.Texas Wildfires We continue to closely monitor and work with states affected by recent wildfires. Last night, we approved an additional Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) for the state of Texas, raising the total to nine for this series of wildfires. As we said in previous...
Posted On: September 9, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Earlier this summer, Secretary Napolitano launched Faces of Homeland Security: Heroes on the Front Lines to tell the stories of some of the inspiring DHS employees who have gone above and beyond to prevent terrorism, secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.Since then, more stories have been added, including two FEMA employees: Fred Endrikat, Branch Chief, Urban Search and Rescue, who works with federal search and rescue components to strengthen response to emergencies and disasters, and helps establish...
Posted On: September 9, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
We continue to support federal, state, local and tribal efforts to combat the raging wildfires in Texas and California. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities being impacted by these wildfires, and we sincerely thank the firefighters and first responders who have been heroically working around the clock to fight these fires.Last night, the President called Texas Governor Rick Perry to express his concern for citizens of Texas impacted by the unprecedented fires. During the call the President extended his condolences for the lives that have been lost as a result of...
Posted On: September 8, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
The peak of hurricane season is here, and we’re closely watching the effects of tropical storm Lee’s remnants, Hurricane Katia in the Atlantic, and the newly formed tropical storms – Nate and Maria.As we continue working closely to support the states recovering from the impacts of Irene, we are also working closely with them to support state and local response operations from Lee as a major flood threat continues. Here’s an overview of what we’re doing: We have liaison officers in many Mid-Atlantic state emergency operations centers who are in constant coordination with the National...
Posted On: September 8, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
(Entrada de blog en español / Spanish blog post)Yesterday, our Region VI Administrator, Tony Russell blogged about the support we are providing the state of Texas, as they work to combat devastating wildfires. At the time of yesterday’s blog post, we had authorized Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) for seven fires, meaning FEMA funding will be available to pay 75 percent of state and local government eligible firefighting costs.Since then, we have authorized an additional FMAG for the Bear Creek Fire, bringing the total to 8 for this series of fires and 53 for this year.With FMAGs in...
Posted On: September 7, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
Paterson, NJ, September 4, 2011 --President Obama along with Federal, State and Local officials, surveyed flood damages in New Jersey. The administration, coordinated through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the states and territories that have been affected by Hurricane Irene. FEMA, through our regional offices in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the states and territories that have been affected.President...
Posted On: September 5, 2011
Author: FEMA Public Affairs
The administration, coordinated through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support the states and territories that have been affected by Hurricane Irene. FEMA, through our regional offices in Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the states and territories that have been affected.President Obama has declared major disaster declarations for the commonwealths and states of North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, New...
Posted On: September 4, 2011