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Author: Robert Samaan
On October 21, I had the pleasure of speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Kentucky Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC).  The new CEOC, built with the help of a $10 million grant from FEMA’s Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, is a symbol of the great emergency management partnership we have with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.At FEMA, we support our partners in disasters and during their preparedness effort on the days between. Grants to states, counties and first responders strengthen communities and prepare them for the challenges of a disaster. This...
Posted On: November 25, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
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.Honoring our VeteransHere at FEMA we’re fortunate to have veterans from all five branches of our nation’s military working at headquarters, in our regional offices and on the ground during disasters. 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.This Veterans Day, join us in honoring our nation...
Posted On: November 8, 2013
Author: Rachel Little
My name is Rachel Little and I am a junior attending Monson High School.  I have lived in Monson, Massachusetts, my whole life, and couldn’t have grown up in a better place.  My town is full of strong- willed, determined people, always willing to lend a helping hand. When a tornado struck our town on June 1st, 2011, it brought our small community even closer together.  Everyone was reaching out to give support, from supplying food or water, to giving neighbors hope for a better tomorrow.  It was a very moving event to watch.  Even though I was not directly...
Posted On: November 7, 2013
Author: Joshua Ottow
My name is Josh Ottow, and I am the assistant principal at Yarmouth High School in Maine. Yarmouth is a suburban town of approximately 8,000 residents and 1,400 students, with 500 students at our high school. I serve on a team of administrators that helps plan for security and emergency preparedness in our district. Currently, we have an emergency management protocol that applies to all schools, and has additional specific information and plans for individual schools.  We feel that Yarmouth High School is already a safe school, in that we foster a trusting and respectful school culture,...
Posted On: November 6, 2013
Author: Flat Stanley and Flat Stella
We’re really excited for Halloween and can’t wait to go Trick-or-Treating! How about you?!?!As Stella and I talked about all the candy we wanted to get, we thought of ways we could remind everyone that getting prepared can be fun too!So…..We’ll use the map we drew of our neighborhood from our family communication plan to highlight our trick-or-treating path! You can too!We want to make sure to go to all of our neighbors’ houses.Our map also has our family meeting location, just in case anything happens.  If your family communication plan doesn’t include a map, maybe this weekend you can...
Posted On: October 30, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
A year after Hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen countless stories of communities coming together and neighbors helping neighbors to recover from this storm.  While we still have a long way to go, the signs of recovery can be seen across the region.  We remain committed to standing with those impacted as they continue to build back, and will continue to provide all eligible aid as this effort goes on. Visit the New York and New Jersey disaster pages for more recovery updates.
Posted On: October 29, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
Throughout the recent government shutdown, FEMA was committed to supporting disaster survivors. Ongoing response operations to recent disasters have continued because this work is funded by the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), which did not lapse with other appropriations on September 30, 2013. It will take time for FEMA to get back to business as usual. We ask for your patience in the coming days and weeks as we reactivate all of FEMA’s activities following the government shutdown. Below are some highlights from this past week of FEMA activities.ShakeOut Time!The ground shook (figuratively) and...
Posted On: October 18, 2013
Author: Lars Anderson
FEMA is preparing and coordinating with our partners for Tropical Storm Karen and the severe weather threat for the Central U.S. We’re encouraging those in the Gulf Coast and Central U.S. states to take time to make sure they’re getting prepared.  Here are some steps you can take today to prepare for any severe weather threat, including tropical storms, damaging winds, and severe thunderstorms:Finish reviewing your family’s emergency plan (include your kids, too).  Plan for scenarios such as how you’d stay in touch during a storm, where you could meet up in the event of an emergency...
Posted On: October 4, 2013
Author: Dan Watson
Images of Colorado Flooding & RecoveryAs we continue to support the ongoing recovery efforts in Colorado, we wanted to share a few photos of highlighting the work being done to assist survivors. To date, more than 19,000 Coloradans have applied for FEMA assistance, with more than $29 million in approved assistance for impacted individuals and families.   If you’re looking for ways to help those affected by the flooding, visit for a list of trusted organizations  and volunteering resources.For continued updates on FEMA’s role, visit the disaster webpage...
Posted On: September 27, 2013
Author: Eilis Maynard
Wondering how colleges and universities tackle emergency preparedness? It’s a job for the experts, many of whom joined with FEMA last week to discuss the topic.  But it wasn't an in-person meeting - we used Twitter to host a virtual "panel" of universities while taking questions from others.Emergency management professionals from Boston College, DePaul University in Chicago, Florida State University, and Virginia Tech took to Twitter for an hour on September 18 to answer questions about their preparedness methods and the unique threats their schools face.The most exciting portions of the...
Posted On: September 23, 2013