What We’re Watching: 3/23/12 - March 26, 2012 by dharkanjhel
Posted by: Alexandra Kirin, Public Affairs
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.

Weather Outlook
We’re closely monitoring the severe weather conditions (tornadoes and thunderstorm watches/warnings) in several states, including Illinois and Missouri.

Looking further out this weekend, our friends at NOAA forecast heavy rain for parts of the Pacific Northwest with areas in the eastern Pacific Northwest and Northern California experiencing heavy snow. High winds are predicted for parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastal areas.

Additionally, flooding may occur in areas across Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, much of Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and isolated parts of Southwest Oregon. Visit www.ready.gov/floods for safety tips and other information on what to do before, during, and after a flood.

Severe drought conditions are expected to continue throughout parts of the Southeast, Central and Southern Great Plains, Southwest, and Upper Mississippi Valley.

We encourage everyone to monitor your area’s local forecast as weather conditions can change. Stay up-to-date on your local forecast by visiting weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your mobile device.

National Hurricane Conference
The 2012 National Hurricane Conference begins next week Monday March 26 in Orlando, Fla. The conference serves as a national forum for federal, tribal, state and local officials to come together, exchange ideas and recommend new policies improving emergency management efforts and hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in order to save lives and property.

On Tuesday, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate will speak at the conference and a roundtable discussion following his presentation.

The conference is a great opportunity for individuals interested in educational and professional training in hurricane and disaster preparedness. To register for the conference, visit www.hurricanemeeting.com.


Monitoring for the Endangered Houston Toad in Texas
In January, we blogged about how we work with numerous federal partners to ensure that recovery efforts avoid or minimize adverse impacts to the environment, especially potential impacts on endangered species. Here’s a short video detailing how we worked with wildlife experts from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bastrop County to monitor for the endangered Houston toad amid survivor recovery operations following the historic wildfires of 2011.



Photos of Ongoing Response & Recovery Efforts
Here are some photos highlighting our ongoing response and recovery efforts in Kentucky and Tennessee:

Kentucky

Crittenden, Ky., March 21, 2012 -- Margie and Ron Milner describe the layout of their totally destroyed home to a FEMA Contract Inspector. FEMA sends inspectors to all damaged properties after a disaster survivor has asked FEMA for help.

Crittenden, Ky., March 21, 2012 — Margie and Ron Milner describe the layout of their totally destroyed home to a FEMA Contract Inspector. FEMA sends inspectors to all damaged properties after a disaster survivor has asked FEMA for help.

Butler, Ky., March 20, 2012 -- Lisa Demers, representing FEMA Individual Assistance, addresses the attendees at the Pendleton County community meeting. FEMA participates in local events sharing information and answering questions for those affected by the tornado.

Butler, Ky., March 20, 2012 — Lisa Demers, representing FEMA Individual Assistance, addresses the attendees at the Pendleton County community meeting. FEMA participates in local events sharing information and answering questions for those affected by the tornado.

West Liberty, Ky., March 19, 2012 -- Over 100 volunteers from Morehead State University, are spending their spring break clearing debris and locating personal items in the damaged neighborhoods of West Liberty. FEMA works with volunteer organizations to coordinate getting aid to where is is most needed.

West Liberty, Ky., March 19, 2012 — Over 100 volunteers from Morehead State University, are spending their spring break clearing debris and locating personal items in the damaged neighborhoods of West Liberty. FEMA works with volunteer organizations to coordinate getting aid to where is is most needed.

Tennessee

Etowah, Tenn., March 20, 2012 -- FEMA's Julia Hall and TEMA's Roger Thompson go over details on setting up a Disaster Recovery Center with McMinn County Emergency Manager Linda Hamby. Having Disaster Recovery Centers up and running quickly to help survivors is a priority after a disaster has been declared.

Etowah, Tenn., March 20, 2012 — FEMA’s Julia Hall and TEMA’s Roger Thompson go over details on setting up a Disaster Recovery Center with McMinn County Emergency Manager Linda Hamby. Having Disaster Recovery Centers up and running quickly to help survivors is a priority after a disaster has been declared.

McMinn County, Tenn., March 20, 2012 -- Community Relations Specialist Rico Borrazzo from FEMA and Al Libbrecht with the State of Tennessee meet with survivors of the March tornado. FEMA supports the State and local governments in order to get required information and resources to those who need it.

McMinn County, Tenn., March 20, 2012 — Community Relations Specialist Rico Borrazzo from FEMA and Al Libbrecht with the State of Tennessee meet with survivors of the March tornado. FEMA supports the State and local governments in order to get required information and resources to those who need it.

McMinn County, Tenn., March 20, 2012 -- Michael Gann, Community Relations Specialists, leaves a registration information flyer at a damaged residence. FEMA and State representatives are on the ground giving information about registration and disaster assistance to residents.

McMinn County, Tenn., March 20, 2012 — Michael Gann, Community Relations Specialists, leaves a registration information flyer at a damaged residence. FEMA and State representatives are on the ground giving information about registration and disaster assistance to residents.

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What We’re Watching: 3/9/12 - March 10, 2012 by dharkanjhel
Posted by: Alexandra Kirin, Public Affairs

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.

Weather Outlook

A new storm in the Pacific Northwest will produce valley rain and mountain snow across western Washington. Snow melt resulting from a strong warming trend could bring flooding this weekend to much of the Northern Rockies and Intermountain West. Winds from 15-30 mph are expected across much of Montana, with gusts over 40 mph in the Chinook areas. These strong winds, combined with low relative humidity, will result in critical fire weather conditions today across much of north-central Montana.

A clipper-like system in the Midwest is expected to bring snow from the upper peninsula of Michigan off into much of the northeastern U.S. A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for western and north-central Nebraska as a result of strong winds and low relative humidity.

Update on Tornado Response

FEMA continues to support efforts of state, tribal and local officials in states impacted by severe storms and tornadoes Feb. 28 – March 3. President Obama declared a major disaster declaration, on Tuesday, for the Commonwealth of Kentucky making federal disaster aid available aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the recent storms. Residents and business owners in the designated Kentucky counties who sustained losses can apply for assistance by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments are ongoing in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.

National Flood Safety Week

We’re teaming up with NOAA again to bring you National Flood Safety Awareness Week 2012. Starting next week, March 12 -16 we’ll share information on flood risks, how individuals, families, and businesses can take precautions to protect their families and homes in the event of flooding and safety tips on what to do before, during, and after flooding.

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, but there are simple steps citizens can take today to reduce their risk to all types of floods. Head over to www.ready.gov/floods for information on floods and make sure to check back next week for the start of Flood Safety Awareness Week.

Clocks Spring Forward on Sunday

Remember, on Sunday we spring forward an hour for Daylight Savings – it’s also a great reminder to make sure you have a working smoke alarm in your home. Smoke alarms significantly increase your chances of surviving a deadly home fire, so we encourage everyone to take these simple steps to be prepared:

  • Test and clean your smoke alarms today and on the first of every month
  • Replace the batteries at least once a year
  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence and in every bedroom
  • Check the manufacture/expiration date on the smoke alarm (yes, smoke alarms have expiration dates)
  • Practice your family’s fire escape plan

For more information about home smoke alarms and fire sprinklers, visit www.usfa.dhs.gov/smokealarms.

Watches & Warnings – What’s the Difference?

As we head into spring, and severe weather and storms become more active, we wanted to ensure that everyone understood the difference between a severe weather watch and warning. Watch this video from our friends at NOAA explaining the difference between severe weather watches and warnings.

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What We’re Watching: 2/10/12 - February 11, 2012 by dharkanjhel
Posted by: Alexandra Kirin, Public Affairs

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.

Weather Outlook
This weekend, our friends at the National Weather Service predict heavy snowfall in the Great Plains and parts of the Northeast. Severe drought conditions are expected to continue throughout parts of the South and Southeast.

Although there are no other significant weather threats, we encourage you to monitor your area’s local forecast. Stay up-to-date on your local forecast by visiting weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your mobile device.

New Training Course: Integrating Emergency Management Education into Your Institution
We wanted to highlight a new training course being offered by our Emergency Management Institute in partnership with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. EMI will be hosting the new course aimed at creating a more diverse population of emergency management professionals.

The E390 Integrating Emergency Management Education into Your Institution is a two-day course targeted for Hispanic-Serving Institutions, department chairs of emergency management -related disciplines such as sociology, geography, public administration, or psychology.

For more information on the training and application form on-line, visit our website.

FEMA Think Tank
Deputy Administrator Serino will host the second Think Tank conference call next Friday, Feb. 17 at 1:00 p.m. EST (10:00 a.m. PDT) from San Francisco, CA. The Deputy Administrator will be in Silicon Valley (the Mecca of technology) to discuss the use of technology and social media in emergency management.

The call is open to the public, so anyone interested can join the call. The call in number is 800-369-1986 and password is Think Tank February. You can access the captioning for the event and follow the discussion and ask questions on Twitter by searching and using #femathinktank.

Tech @ State Recap
Here are a few photos from “Tech @ State” of Administrator Fugate speaking about the role of social media in disaster response and the many challenges emergency managers face when trying to create real-time awareness.

Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, 2010 -- Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator, discusses the range of challenges that exist when trying to create real-time awareness, especially in the context of breaking news or events, crisis response and citizen engagement at Tech @ State. The event was hosted by the U.S. Department of State.

Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, 2010 — Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator, discusses the range of challenges that exist when trying to create real-time awareness, especially in the context of breaking news or events, crisis response and citizen engagement at Tech @ State. The event was hosted by the U.S. Department of State.

Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, 2010 -- Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator, discusses the range of challenges that exist when trying to create real-time awareness, especially in the context of breaking news or events, crisis response and citizen engagement at Tech @ State. The event was hosted by the U.S. Department of State.

Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, 2010 — Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator, discusses the range of challenges that exist when trying to create real-time awareness, especially in the context of breaking news or events, crisis response and citizen engagement at Tech @ State. The event was hosted by the U.S. Department of State.

Preparedness Makes Sense for Indian Country
We wanted to share a video with information specific to Indian Country with tips on how to prepare for emergency situations. No matter where you live, it is important to prepare for an emergency.

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What We’re Watching: 1/27/12 - January 28, 2012 by dharkanjhel
Posted by: Alexandra Kirin, Public Affairs

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.

Weather Outlook
It looks like most of the country will be able to enjoy relatively nice weather this weekend! According to the National Weather Service, there are not any severe weather hazards expected over the next several days. However, the NWS expects drought conditions to continue throughout parts of the South and Great Plains regions and some flooding in parts of the Northwest.

Although there are no severe weather threats, we encourage you to follow your area’s local forecast as weather conditions can change. Stay up-to-date on your local forecast by visiting weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your mobile device.

Save the Date: Administrator Fugate Keynotes Tech @ State (February 3)
Next Friday, February 3, Administrator Fugate will be the keynote speaker at “Tech @ State.” The event will be held at George Washington University in Washington D.C.   Here’s some background information on the event:

Tech@State: Real-Time Awareness will focus on how to use the vast amount of data generated by social media and other internet technologies to deliver real-time awareness.  Specifically, we will be examining the range of challenges that exist when trying to create real-time awareness, especially in the context of breaking news or events, crisis response and citizen engagement.   We’ll discuss questions like:  Which data feeds are the most reliable?  What is the best way to filter the data?  How should the data be analyzed?  What’s the best way to convey the information to the user?  What do citizens expect when they use social media to communicate with governments?

Visit http://tech.state.gov for registration information, and if you’re on Twitter, follow @techATstate and contribute to the conversation by using #techATstate.

Save the Date: The Great Central Shakeout (February 7)
On February 7 at 10:15 a.m. Central time, millions of Americans will stop what they’re doing to participate in an earthquake drill and “Drop. Cover. Hold on.” Signup today to participate and then check out Ready.gov/earthquakes to learn how you can prepare your home, workplace or school for an earthquake.

Shake Out. Don't Freak Out. February 7, 2012. The Great Central U.S. Shake Out. www.shakeout.org/centralus

Picture of the Week
While touring damage in Jefferson County, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley visited the FEMA-funded Maplesville community storm shelter that housed more than 100 people who emerged uninjured following high winds and tornadoes that tore through the region in the early morning hours of Jan. 23. The governor was accompanied by (from left) by State Rep. Kurt Wallace and State Sen. Cam Ward.

While touring damage in Jefferson County, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley visited the FEMA-funded Maplesville community storm shelter that housed more than 100 people who emerged uninjured following high winds and tornadoes that tore through the region in the early morning hours of Jan. 23. The governor was accompanied by (from left) by State Rep. Kurt Wallace and State Sen. Cam Ward.

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What We’re Watching: 12/16/11 - December 20, 2011 by dharkanjhel
Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public Affairs

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.

Potential Severe Weather
A regular part of our weekly What We’re Watching blog is a look at upcoming potential severe weather. Looking ahead to the weekend and into Monday, our friends at the National Weather Service are calling for heavy rains in northern Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Nebraska. And for those in Southern California, wind advisories and high wind warnings have been issued due to the return of the Santa Ana winds.

And as temperatures continue to drop around the country with the onset of winter, I remind you to visit www.Ready.gov/winter to learn how you can prepare your family, home and business for severe winter weather.

Weather Map
Forecast map issued by the National Weather Service.

And wherever your weekend plans take you, check weather.gov (or mobile.weather.gov on your phone) for your most up-to-date weather forecast.

Planning Our New Year’s Resolutions
Believe it or not, only two weeks remain in 2011 – which means it’s the time for us make our resolutions and promises for the New Year. As you mull over the many options you have for making a New Year’s resolution – from eating less sweets to reading more books – consider making a resolution to get more prepared for an emergency. As Administrator Fugate said earlier this week, it’s an easy commitment to keep, and one that could ultimately save your life or that of someone you love.

So visit http://www.ready.gov/ today to learn about staying informed, creating a family communication plan, making your family emergency kit, and getting involved in your local community.

(For our partners in the private sector, emergency management, faith-based or non-profit organizations, visit Ready.gov/resolve for ready-made resources to share with your group about making this important resolution.)

Resolve to be Ready Banner

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What We’re Watching: 12/9/11 - December 14, 2011 by dharkanjhel
Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public Affairs

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.

Weather Outlook

It looks like most of the country will enjoy relatively nice weather this weekend! According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there are not many weather hazards for the next several days. However, the NWS expects drought conditions to continue throughout parts of the South and Great Plains regions and some flooding in parts of the Midwest.

Although there are no severe weather threats, we encourage you to follow your area’s local forecast as weather conditions can change.

And while you are out this weekend thinking of creative gifts to give your family and friends this holiday season, I encourage you to consider giving the gift of preparedness.  Here are a few ideas to get you started: an extra cell phone battery or cell phone charger for a car; a first aid kit; a NOAA weather radio; an extra blanket for an emergency kit in a car; flashlight and batteries; or a carbon monoxide detector makes a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer.  Make sure your family and friends are prepared for an emergency by sharing the gift of preparedness!

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What We’re Watching: 11/18/11 - November 19, 2011 by dharkanjhel
Published by: Public Affairs

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.

Severe Weather Outlook

This weekend, the National Weather Service predicts severe drought conditions to continue through the weekend in parts of the Central and Southern Great Plains. Below average temperatures with a possibility for snow are expected in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Plains throughout the weekend.

With the official start of winter (December 21) approaching and cold weather expected this weekend, we want to encourage you and your family to prepare for the winter months by taking some steps this weekend to get prepared:

  • Be sure to update your family’s emergency supply kit and add items such as snow shovels, extra blankets, rock salt (or more environmentally safe products) to melt ice on walkways, and appropriate clothing (i.e., hat, gloves, and scarf).
  • Have an emergency kit in your car in the event you are stranded by a blizzard or traffic jam. Be sure to include items you would need to stay warm and comfortable.
  • Make a family communications plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Maintain your heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year, so if you’re overdue, schedule an appointment.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

FEMA Think Tank

Earlier this week, Deputy Administrator Rich Serino announced the FEMA Think Tank, which is a new initiative to allow the public to offer their input on how we can improve all aspects of emergency management.

The FEMA Think Tank has two components:

  • An online forum where anyone can submit your own ideas, comment and vote on others, and participate in conversations meant to generate creative solutions.
  • Monthly conference calls. Each month, we will discuss three to four ideas generated from the online forum that address improving emergency management at the federal level. The individuals that submitted these ideas will personally brief their idea to FEMA officials.

We encourage you to utilize this tool to help improve emergency management and encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to participate.

Careers at FEMA

FEMA is always looking for highly motivated people interested in a rewarding career in emergency management. Here are a few open positions with the agency:

Visit our Careers page to watch testimonials from employees, learn more about FEMA, and browse through other opportunities that are available.

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What We’re Watching: 11/4/11 - November 7, 2011 by dharkanjhel

Posted by: Public Affairs

Every Friday, we post a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Emergency Alert System Test Next Week
The first nationwide Emergency Alert System test is next week- Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2 p.m. EST. As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts the test will be conducted on all TV and radio stations and will last approximately 30 seconds. During this time an audio message will run, similar to local emergency systems test that happen more frequently. After the test, your regular scheduled programming will resume.

Visit www.fema.gov/eastest for complete information about the test and to learn what to expect. Please share information about the test with family and friends and help us spread the word, including embedding this widget on your website:

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Winter Months Getting Closer; Get Prepared

FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino checks on the pets that are part of a shelter in Connecticut.
Ellington, Conn., November 4, 2011 — FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino checks on the pets that are part of a shelter in Connecticut. Several communities are still without power following last weeks severe winter storm that impacted many states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

As we mentioned in a blog post yesterday, we continue to support response efforts in states that were impacted from the severe storms that affected the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern region last weekend. As response and power restoration efforts continue, we remain in close contact with our state, local and tribal partners in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. Today, Deputy Administrator Rich Serino visited with local officials and survivors in Connecticut and New Hampshire, visiting areas impacted by last weekend’s nor’easter storm.

With the winter months coming, there is no better time to prepare for the season than now. You can learn more at Ready.gov/winter – but to get you started, here are some steps you can take this weekend to get prepared:

  • Be sure to update your family’s emergency supply kit and add items such as rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways, snow shovels, extra blankets, and appropriate clothing (i.e., hat, gloves, and scarf).
  • Have an emergency kit in your car, in the event you are stranded by a blizzard or traffic jam. Be sure to include items you would need to stay warm and comfortable for at least 72 hours.
  • Know what to do if the power goes out. Winter storms can also cause power outages, so make sure you take precautions to get prepared.
  • Know how you will stay informed if severe weather strikes. A NOAA weather radio is a great way to stay informed of severe weather in your area, as well as local news sources. Including a battery-powered or hand-crank radio in your emergency kit, and bookmarking useful sites on your smartphone (like http://m.fema.gov and http://mobile.weather.gov) are great steps to take as well. (And if you have an Android or Apple mobile device, you can download the FEMA app to use the interactive emergency kit checklist or lookup a shelter or disaster recovery center.)

Turn Your Clocks Back & Check Your Smoke Alarms

It’s that time of year again – the clocks will be “falling back” this weekend. This Sunday when you set your clocks back an hour, it’s a great time to test the smoke alarms in your home. Having working smoke alarms can significantly increase the chances that you or a loved one survives a home fire, so we encourage you to take these simple steps to maintain the smoke alarms in your home:

  • Test and clean your smoke alarms this weekend and on the first of every month,
  • Replace the batteries at least once a year,
  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence and in every bedroom,
  • Check the manufacture/expiration date on the smoke alarm.

For more information on maintaining your smoke alarms and fire sprinklers, visit the U.S. Fire Administration website. And visit Ready.gov/fires to get learn how you can prepare your home/family to prevent home fires.

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What We’re Watching: 10/14/11 - October 15, 2011 by dharkanjhel

Posted by: Public Affairs

Every Friday, we post a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

National Hurricane Center.

Possible Tropical Storm Systems


Hurricane season lasts until November 30, and we’re currently closely watching two areas of interest with a chance of developing into a more organized tropical storm system. Since hurricane season started back in June, we’ve been working on a daily basis with our partners at the National Hurricane Center as they provide the latest forecast information for both the Atlantic and Pacific basins.

The threat of tropical storms and hurricanes still persists, so those in coastal or inland areas should take steps to get prepared. Make sure you have an emergency kit to sustain you and your family for at least 72 hours, and an emergency plan so you know where to go and who to contact if a tropical storm or hurricane does hit.

At Ready.gov/hurricanes (or m.fema.gov on your smartphone), learn the steps you can take today to get your family and property more prepared, and visit hurricanes.gov (hurricanes.gov/mobile on your smartphone) for the latest tropical forecast.

Fire Prevention Week Wrapping Up


This past week, Glenn Gaines, the Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration, has posted several blogs about fire safety, with a focus on preventing home fires and limiting the loss of life and property. Here are his blog posts, in case you missed them:

To conclude Fire Prevention Week, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate will attend the National Fallen Firefighters memorial service on Sunday in Emmitsburg, Maryland to honor those firefighters who have given their life on the job.

We encourage you to take steps to prevent fires in your home, workplace or school, and there are some easy steps to help: make sure all your smoke alarms are working and practice your fire escape plan. For more on getting prepared for a fire, visit Ready.gov/fires.

Coming Up…


As we look out several days, we wanted to remind you of two upcoming events:

  • Health & Human Services Facebook App Challenge ends November 4 – The Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a challenge for members of the public to develop a Facebook application that helps individuals be better prepared before a disaster strikes. Ideas should focus on designing a Facebook application that makes it easy for people to create their own emergency support network and provides users with useful tools in preparing for and responding to emergencies.
  • Emergency Alert System Test coming up November 9 – The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System is next month, and we’re working closely with our partners at the Federal Communications Commission and broadcasters across the country to ensure people know what to expect. For more, check out yesterday’s blog post from Damon Penn, Assistant Administrator, National Continuity Programs.

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What We’re Watching: 9/23/11 - September 26, 2011 by dharkanjhel

Every Friday, we post a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Severe Weather Outlook
As we go into the weekend, severe drought conditions are expected to continue into next week in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and parts of Louisiana and Arkansas. In other parts of the U.S., especially along the east coast, rain is expected throughout the weekend and into the beginning of next week. Many of these areas are already saturated from substantial rainfall this summer, so those along the eastern seaboard should closely monitor conditions in their area and listen to the direction of local officials.

To learn about the disaster risks in your area and learn how to get prepared, visit Ready.gov today.

Recovery Efforts In Full Swing


A FEMA Housing Inspector talks with a home owner whose home was destroyed when a wildfire raced through her community.
Magnolia, TX, September 22, 2011 — A FEMA Housing Inspector talks with a home owner whose home was destroyed when a wildfire raced through her community. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal and volunteer agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by fires.

In many areas around the county, emergency managers, voluntary and faith-based organizations, the private sector, and concerned citizens are helping their communities recover from recent disasters. As part of that team, we’re actively supporting our federal, state and local partners in providing assistance to the affected individuals and communities.

Below are a few news stories highlighting our efforts in the past week:

Opening disaster recovery centers

FEMA opens fire recovery center in Leander
Austin-American Statesman (Texas)

FEMA disaster recovery center opens
Daily Item (Sunbury, Penn.)

400 seek assistance at disaster recovery center in Bradford county
The Daily Review (Towanda, Penn.)

Recovery Center Opens in Ludlow
Rutland Herald (Ludlow, Vt.)

FEMA disaster recovery center opens in Manning Township
NJ.com (New Jersey)

FEMA opens disaster recovery centers in Broome, Tioga
Stargazette.com – New York

Continuing to reach out to disaster survivors through community relations teams

FEMA teams determine where storm-relief needs are
Poughkeepsie Journal (New York)

Officials: Register with FEMA
Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan (South Dakota)

Encouraging Emergency Preparedness in Alabama
As we enter the last week of National Preparedness Month, we wanted to share a video of outreach being done in Alabama to encourage emergency preparedness. Throughout the month, federal, state, and local partners are hosting “Be Ready Alabama” events in communities across the state, providing information on getting prepared before a disaster strikes.

There’s still time to host a National Preparedness Month event in your workplace, neighborhood or town. Visit community.fema.gov today and sign up to become a National Preparedness Month coalition member – you’ll have access to resources for promoting emergency preparedness and a shared calendar to learn more about preparedness events happening in your community.

And even though September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, it’s not the only month when you can share the importance of getting prepared before a disaster strikes. Visit Ready.gov today to learn how you can get your family and property prepared, and share it with a family member or friend.

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