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Author: FEMA Office of External Affairs
Efforts have continued across the country to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, and other federal partners are working to execute a whole-of-America response to fight COVID-19 and protect the public. This week, those efforts are focused on providing the guidelines, information and necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers on the frontline. This is part of the multi-prong approach to re-open American economic activity while continuing to limit spread of COVID-19.Over the weekend, Department of Health and Human Services...
Posted On: April 28, 2020
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: Administrator Pete Gaynor
This week marks completion of FEMA’s first month leading the Whole-of-America coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response.  While we have a way to go, I have no doubt that we will be successful in protecting our communities by slowing the spread of the virus.  The efforts and lessons learned in these first 30 days will shape our approach moving forward.Preserve and Prioritize Scarce Resources to Save Lives   Our priority remains ensuring critical healthcare workers have the necessary PPE to treat COVID-19 patients.  We also want to ensure that workers, whose jobs...
Posted On: April 17, 2020
Author: Regional Administrator Thomas Von Essen (Region II)
It really became personal for me when the USNS Comfort arrived in New York City.I looked across the river as I was driving in this morning and had a flashback to the morning 18 ½ years ago when I was told that a small plane had crashed into the Trade Center. Our lives all changed at that moment, just as they have now. I remember having the USNS Comfort come then. However, we didn't need it for what we need it for now. We didn't need it for people who needed hospital care. We needed it for crisis counseling for a lot of fire chiefs and police officers who were really, really...
Posted On: March 30, 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: Daniel Kaniewski, PhD
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month; a month to ensure all Americans are safer and more secure online. At FEMA, we are always focused on preparing ourselves, our partners, and the American people for the many threats and hazards we face as a nation. As the need for cybersecurity has grown, so too has our cyber preparedness efforts.   In partnership with our colleagues at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), we support numerous programs aimed at making the nation more resilient to cyber-attacks. In the past ten years, we have invested over...
Posted On: October 28, 2019
Author: Angela R. Gladwell
October is National Community Planning Month. Community planners around the globe join the American Planning Association  in highlighting this year’s theme of “Planning for Infrastructure that Benefits All”.  This year, the focus is on how well-planned infrastructure projects strengthen communities, boost the economy, expand opportunity, and promote equitable development. Infrastructure projects include transportation systems, housing, parks, dams and levees, and communication systems, among others. The topic of well-planned infrastructure is especially relevant to...
Posted On: October 23, 2019
Author: David I Maurstad, Deputy Associate Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
It only takes one storm, one flash flood, or one inch of water to cause significant damage to a home or business. September marks National Preparedness Month – a reminder to all of us that we need to be prepared for unexpected disasters and emergencies that can strike at any time.  One of the most important steps you can take to prepare for the next storm is to purchase flood insurance.One year ago, this month, Hurricane Florence released record-breaking rain on the Carolinas and much of the Southeastern United States. The powerful storm dropped up to 35 inches of rain on eastern...
Posted On: September 26, 2019