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Flooded street in Minot, N.D.
Minot, ND, July 6, 2011 -- Parts of several neighborhoods are still under water after the Souris River overflowed its banks. We continue to support the emergency management team and disaster survivors as response and recovery efforts continue in North Dakota

Severe weather outlook
As we mentioned earlier this week, our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are calling for many rivers in the upper Midwest and northern Plains to remain above flood stage through the summer. And with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calling for additional rain in these areas over the next few weeks, it’s important you’re taking steps to get prepared if you haven’t already done so.

Forecasters are also calling for drought conditions to continue across the South, with excessive heat expected in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. Be sure to visit for tips on getting prepared for the hazards in your area, and visit to get your local forecast.

Video: Planning for the whole community
In case you missed it, Marcie Roth, director of FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, was interviewed by St. Petersburg College’s National Terrorism Preparedness Institute to talk about “Planning For The Whole Community”. As Administrator Fugate says, emergency managers need to plan for everyone in their communities, including children, elderly and those with disabilities or access and functional needs. We encourage you to check out the video of Marcie’s interview and learn more about FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination.

CDC Blog: A story of family preparedness
We’ve mentioned The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Public Health Matters” blog before – remember their post on zombies and emergency preparedness? Last week, the blog featured the story of Cyndi Rilling, a CDC employee who had to put her family’s emergency plan into action when tornadoes roared around her house.

Cyndi talks about the steps she took to emphasize emergency preparedness with her children, and how her emergency kit and shelter proved to be invaluable when storms whirled around them. Here’s a look at some Cyndi’s blog post – check out the full blog post on the “Public Health Matters” blog:

Before this tornado outbreak, we had mixed success discussing our family’s emergency preparedness plan with our kids. They’d laugh and comment that “nothing ever really happens around here.” They agreed to follow the plan if things ever got bad, but they were somewhat resistant to what they called the “crazy drills,” like practicing where the rally point was.

And they asked why we had to shelter under the porch, preferring to stay in their beds. The night of April 27 wasn’t a “crazy drill” though, it was the real thing and I was happy we had a plan in place.
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06/18/2012 - 17:58