FEMA Weekly Bulletin - July 3, 2012

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Message from Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator, FEMA

First and foremost, I want to thank all of you that have worked over this past weekend, and continue to work, in response to the severe weather, excessive heat, and wildfires that have effected portions of the United States. As many of you know, a derecho (a long- lasting line of thunderstorms producing a large swath of significant wind damage) traveled approximately 600 miles over a 10 hour period from the lower Great Lakes to the Mid-Atlantic last Friday, June 29.

Nearly 3.6 million customers were without power at the height of the storm. The combination of widespread power outages that affect basic services (i.e., water, communications) and severe heat created the potential for life-threatening conditions over portions of Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and DC—we have confirmed reports of 20 fatalities. As a result of these conditions, the NRCC has been activated to a Level II since Saturday, July 30, with 24/7 operations for ESFs 1-3, 5-8, 12, and 15. 

Please note, the excessive heat warnings and heat advisories continue over eastern and southern Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, southern Indiana, southern Ohio, western West Virginia and parts of the Carolinas. A heat index of 100-105 can be expected in the warning and advisory areas. In addition, wildfires continue to burn in parts of Colorado, South Dakota, and Utah, and a Red Flag warning remains for Wyoming. If you are in any of these affected areas, please take the appropriate precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. 

The work you do on a daily basis, both when disasters strike and during steady state, ensure that we are ready and able to support our citizens and first responders as they respond to and recover from disasters. I really appreciate your dedication to our mission and service to our country. If you are able, please take the time to rest and spend with your friends and family over this fourth of July.    

Happy Independence Day! Rich


The U.S. Fire Administration and Safe Kids USA  - The U.S. Fire Administration and Safe Kids USA are encouraging families and individuals to prepare for a safe and memorable Independence Day by practicing safe grilling and leaving the fireworks to the professionals.

Flat Stanley Urges Fireworks Safety - If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you may have read about a very special visitor named Flat Stanley who came to FEMA to meet Administrator Fugate while visiting Washington.

FEMA Region VIII Looks Back at 2011 Souris Valley Flood - The 2011 floods in North Dakota were one of the biggest disaster events in the history of FEMA Region VIII. Souris Valley flooding drove more than 12,000 people from their homes and continues to impact an area that also is feeling the effects of an unprecedented oil boom.


Career Development Opportunities

OCFO Announces New FEMA-Specific FedTraveler Self-Study Tutorial

Due to the high volume of travel authorizations that are processed every year in FEMA, it is imperative that all travelers know how to properly utilize the FedTraveler.com system, not only increasing efficiency in the process, but also minimizing the possibility of errors when submitting travel documents. This tutorial reviews user profile creation and modification, travel authorizations, and expense reimbursements for all non-disaster travel.

All FEMA travelers, even those who consider themselves well acquainted with the FedTraveler.com system, should find this tutorial useful for navigating the site and submitting the required documents. The tutorial is now available on the FEMA Employee Knowledge Center site. Individuals will still need to access the FEKC using their password and login.

Please contact the Financial Policy Unit at FEMA-TravelPolicy for assistance or questions concerning the tutorial.



Employee News Online is a news site that highlights the work of FEMA employees and issues related to the FEMA mission. It is produced by the Office of External Affairs, Public Affairs Division at 500 C Street, Washington, and will replace the FEMA Weekly.

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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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