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Author: Dan Stoneking
    Over the past couple of weeks we’ve worked with numerous partners to meet the needs of survivors of recent storms, tornados and flooding in various parts of the U.S. We wanted to take the time to offer a special “thank you” to the National Football Leagues Players’ Association for the work they have done in Joplin, Mo. following the destructive storms last month. Numerous NFL players have visited survivors of the storms and toured the damages throughout Joplin. They have also helped in getting the word out to register for assistance (like the video above).We are committed to...
Posted On: June 2, 2011
Author: Craig Fugate
I'm proud to announce that the Challenge.gov winner is the Map Your Neighborhood program submitted by Penny W. Here’s a little bit about the program from Penny’s submission: It [the Map Your Neighborhood program] involves meeting with a small group of your neighbors to set up a plan for evacuation, rescue, etc. in the event of a disaster. You physically draw a diagram of your neighbor's homes to include gas shut-offs, water shut-offs, etc. You also inquire and make a list of who has a ladder, chain-saw, rope, muscular strength, or who can provide childcare so others can go to the aid of...
Posted On: June 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families in central and western Massachusetts impacted by the tornadoes that swept through the Northeast last night. This morning, FEMA is joining the state in conducting assessments of areas of western and central Massachusetts affected by yesterday’s severe weather and tornadoes. In addition, a regional Incident Management Assistance Team is on the ground in Massachusetts to assist state response efforts, as needed.As we mentioned last night, we continue to closely monitoring the impact of the storm through our regional office in Boston, Mass., and...
Posted On: June 2, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Updated at 10:05pm EST: Massachusetts Resources:www.mass.gov/mema, twitter.com/MassEMA, twitter.com/MassGovernor Updated at 8:50pm EST: At the request of the respective states, FEMA has liaison officers in place in Massachusetts and Vermont, and a liaison officer has been in contact with New Hampshire emergency management officials. These officials are working with state officials and are in place to help coordinate federal support, if needed. Through our regional office in Boston, we're closely monitoring the severe weather and tornado watches and warnings as they continue throughout...
Posted On: June 1, 2011
Author: Brad Carroll
It’s June 1, which means it is the official start of Hurricane season. With hurricane season officially here, we wanted to share a video from Administrator Fugate: You can do your part by making sure you and your loved ones are prepared by having an emergency plan and kit. Talk with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to do the same. And you can also take steps to get prepared for a hurricane at your workplace, so talk with your human resources manager about steps you can take.Last week was Hurricane Awareness Week and we wrote a series of blog posts to illustrate the importance...
Posted On: June 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We continue to support the affected states and the entire emergency management team in the ongoing recovery, from the severe storms in the Midwest to the heavy flooding along the Mississippi River.Throughout every step of the process, we continue to work with our partners to support those impacted by the recent disasters. Here are some of recent shots from our photo library that show the emergency management team in action:Joplin, Mo., May 29, 2011 -- FEMA personnel work inside a Mobile Emergency Response Support vehicle, equipped with video and telephone communications equipment. FEMA is...
Posted On: May 31, 2011
Author: W. Montague Winfield
Over the past month and a half, the Central U.S. has experienced a host of disasters – from the historic flooding along the Mississippi River to deadly tornadoes and severe storms that claimed hundreds of lives.I wanted to take a minute to provide an update on the ongoing recovery efforts in the Volunteer State and make sure that survivors have the information they need to register with FEMA for disaster assistance.I’m proud to say that since President Obama made federal disaster assistance available on May 1, Tennessee has been approved for more than $9 million in federal aid. These funds...
Posted On: May 31, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Hackleburg, AL, May 29, 2011 -- Secretary Napolitano and Congressman Aderholt meet with volunteers at the Hackelburg volunteer coordination center.Yesterday, as part of the Obama administration's ongoing commitment to assisting the long-term recovery efforts of communities affected by recent severe weather, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano surveyed the progress made in response and recovery efforts in the month following the storms and tornadoes that struck the Southeast region this spring.She was joined by Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Hackleburg Mayor Douglas Gunnin,...
Posted On: May 30, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor’s note: the blog post is cross-posted from the White House blog and updated May 30 with a video and photos.Today, President Obama traveled to Joplin, Missouri to meet with those in the community who lost so much in the tornados last week and participate in a Memorial Service at Missouri Southern University.Before the Memorial Service, President Obama visited one of the neighborhoods that was devastated by the tornadoes. After seeing the extensive tornado damage the President spoke to the people of Joplin and reminded them that they are not alone in this tragedy:The main thing I just...
Posted On: May 29, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
The survivors of the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, in Alabama and Mississippi, and in all other states currently recovering from disasters have been through a lot and we are committed to helping them every step of the way.When survivors apply for individual disaster aid through FEMA, their needs are assessed based on a number of factors, based on eligibility requirements laid out under federal law. After a survivor registers with FEMA, they receive a letter from us explaining the status of their application, and whether or not they will receive assistance.We know the recipients of these...
Posted On: May 28, 2011

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