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Date posted: Friday, September 19, 2014
Posted by: Todd Davison, Director

Fifteen years after Hurricane Floyd, the images of overwhelming physical, human and environmental impacts are still vivid. The late 1990s was an unprecedented time for North Carolina: Floyd was the sixth hurricane to hit the state in four years. Hurricane Dennis soaked the landscape a few weeks...

Date posted: Friday, September 19, 2014
Posted by: Cathy S. Haynes, Chief of Operations

I don’t remember what it was like to work in emergency management prior to Hurricane Hugo. In a strange way, it was the beginning for us and an experience we still remember today. At 6 a.m. on September 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo was heading for Charleston County and the evacuation order was in full...

Date posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Posted by: John J. Lanza, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, Director

September 15-16, marks 10 years since Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Northwest Florida. For the Florida Department of Health, it was the third storm in four and a half weeks to which we responded.As the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County during Ivan, I was responsible...

Date posted: Friday, September 12, 2014
Posted by: Craig Fugate, Administrator

Editor's note: this post first appeared on HuffingtonPost.com.Two weeks ago, FEMA shared research about the state of family preparedness in America. The good news is that a large number of American families are aware of the importance of preparing for emergencies. The bad news is that awareness...

Date posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Posted by: Tony Russell,

It’s been nearly a year since the massive flooding that struck several areas of Colorado.  With little forewarning, heavy rains left streams and rivers swollen.  The images in the aftermath of this dramatic event remain striking: communities isolated as entire roads were washed away, homes...

Date posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Posted by: Brittany Trotter, Digital Communications Specialist

Over the last several years, Administrator Fugate has made embracing and considering the unique needs of all stakeholders one of FEMA’s top priorities.  This approach has improved the way we engage with our partners across the emergency management team and how we’re working to ensure that as a...

Date posted: Monday, September 8, 2014
Posted by: Yajaira Reyes,

Portland, Ore., July 19, 2014 – The winner of the Disaster Relief Trials, Willie, received several high fives from pals as he completed the “Open” class route. With a standard bicycle, Willie managed to navigate through 30+ mile route with over 100lbs of disaster supplies.Portland prides itself as...

Date posted: Friday, September 5, 2014
Posted by: Beth A. Freeman,

What you do, choose not to do, perhaps even hesitate to do is based on two conditions: the planned and the unplanned. For example, when you notice your gas tank is low on fuel as you leave work one evening, what do you do? You stop for gas, either on the way home or first thing in the morning. Why...

Date posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Posted by: Katie Appenrodt,

If you’re a business owner or resident in Lewis & Clark County, Montana, chances are you have been on the receiving end of one of Paul Spengler’s disaster preparedness messaging and outreach efforts.After 35 years in his role as the Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator for the county,...

Date posted: Monday, August 11, 2014
Posted by: Wayne P. Sallade, Director of Emergency Management

Hurricane Charley significantly damaged the town of Punta Gorda, Florida in August 2004. The community came together to form a path of recovery that stands as a model for others to follow to this day. The 13th of this month marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Charley’s unwelcome visit to my...