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Author: Public Affairs
Severe weather outlookThis Memorial Day weekend, forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for potentially severe weather in many parts of the U.S., including: continued flooding along the Mississippi River, and in parts of the Great Plains, the eastern half of the country will experience high temperatures than normal through the weekend, and severe drought conditions across the south, stretching from parts of Arizona into Florida. Visit the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center for a full forecast, and make sure to take steps to get prepared for the hazards...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend.Through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL, has been in close contact and coordination with the states since the storms first struck,...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: David Kaufman
It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week, so as we get prepared for the present, the emergency management community is also planning for the future and looking at nine different factors (or what we call drivers) that will affect the future of emergency management.The Strategic Foresight Initiative was launched so the emergency management community can seek to understand how the world is changing, and how those changes may affect the future of emergency management. Over 550 members of the emergency management community, including Federal, state, local, and tribal first responders and...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Michael Byrne
Birmingham, AL, May 20, 2011 -- At the FEMA/State Joint Field Office, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bryne and State Coordinating Officer Jeff Byard refer to a map showing damage areas from the deadly April tornado. FEMA and the state are partners in disaster response.One month after the devastating tornado outbreak in Alabama, our goal remains the same: helping the state, its communities and its people recover from the damage and dislocation caused by the storms.Our priorities are a livable home, removal of debris and rebuilding of homes, businesses and public facilities. This...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The Administrator just returned from Joplin, Mo. and recorded this video to talk about the best ways to help the people of Joplin.Resources: How to help the people of Missouri (keep in mind that donating cash is the best way to help survivors - just be sure you're donating with a trusted organization) Additional information to how to help all disaster survivors
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Michael Byrne
One month ago, much of the town of Phil Campbell in Franklin County was destroyed and many residents tragically lost their lives from a series of tornadoes that swept through Alabama, leaving many residents in the community homeless. As each day passes, we continue to admire the strength of these communities as they work together to help their neighbors recover.Since the tornadoes struck, we’ve been working closely with our federal, state and local partners to meet the needs of disaster survivors. One way FEMA helps survivors after a disaster is by working with our state and local partners to...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, so we’re continuing to share ways you can get prepared before hurricane season, beginning June 1. Today, we’re sharing tips you and your family can use to create an emergency plan, so you can stay in touch, stay informed, and reduce the stress of a hurricane or tropical storm.There are several essential steps that should be a part of your hurricane safety plan, or any family emergency plan: Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Biloxi, MS, April 29, 2010 -- Administrator Fugate sits in the co-pilot seat in a Hurricane Hunter aircraft alongside Major Jeff Ragusa during his visit with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Hurricane Hunters) at Keesler Air Force Base. The Hurricane Hunters provide valuable weather data used by FEMA and other partners to evaluate active weather situations.This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and we’ve been teaming up with our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to emphasize getting prepared for hurricane season, which starts June 1.We...
Posted On: May 27, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Joplin, MO, May 26, 2011 -- Administrator Craig Fugate surveys a damaged fire station with a Joplin firefighter.Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.The administration, through FEMA, is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear to support Missouri and the other states devastated by the deadly tornadoes and storms this weekend.Through our regional offices in Kansas City...
Posted On: May 26, 2011
Author: Rich Serino
One of the best parts of my job at FEMA is getting to talk with people all over the country about how they can – and do – prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for disaster. There are so many grass-roots, community-driven preparedness and resilience efforts underway in our country – it’s a topic I never get tired of listening to or sharing ideas about. What I have been lucky that I have not had to do very often, though, is follow my own advice about taking specific steps to stay safe during the moments when disaster strikes.Wednesday in Kansas City, Missouri changed that.I...
Posted On: May 26, 2011

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