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Date posted: Friday, June 27, 2014
Posted by: Christina Randall, Wildfire Mitigation Program Administrator

In City of Colorado Springs, the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)- areas where human development is close to natural terrain and flammable vegetation, covers more than 28,800 acres and includes a quarter of our population.  Two years ago this week, the Waldo Canyon Wildfire, the most costly fire in...

Date posted: Friday, June 6, 2014
Posted by: Veronica Hinke, Assistant External Affairs Officer for Planning and Products

The Sounds of Recovery: We’re ListeningWe’re listening, and all around, we hear the sounds of recovery. Like the sounds of silence, the sounds of recovery can be as profound as the devastation surrounding it. We’re listening, and by the sounds we are hearing, we see hope – all around.  Here are...

Date posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Posted by: Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation

One year ago, on May 20, 2013, Moore, Oklahoma experienced a deadly tornado that devastated the area. Less than one year from the event new homes became safer.On April 17, 2014, Moore, Oklahoma, became the first in the nation to establish building code requirements to make residential buildings...

Date posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Posted by: Brittany Trotter, Digital Communications Specialist

We’ve had an active winter and spring as we head into the summer months. We have photographers deployed to several states capturing the impacts of severe weather, along with response and recovery efforts underway for events ranging from the SR 530 mudslide in Washington to severe storms and...

Date posted: Friday, May 9, 2014
Posted by: Dan Watson, Press Secretary

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. "We'll be here for the long haul" - Yesterday, President Obama visited with communities...

Date posted: Friday, May 9, 2014
Posted by: Dan Watson, Press Secretary

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. "We'll be here for the long haul" - Yesterday, President Obama visited with communities...

Date posted: Friday, April 11, 2014
Posted by: Jason Lindesmith, Social Media & Mobile Lead

Mockups of a Disaster Assistance Assessment Dashboard are shared with participants at FEMA's first-ever Data Town Hall. Developers at Appalicious created the dashboard to utilize publicly available data sets, including some of FEMA's open data.I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a few “hackathons...

Date posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Posted by: Gwen Camp, Director, Intergovernmental Affairs

Do you know what you would do during a disaster? Do you know if your community is at risk of tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires or flood?Only about two-in-five Americans say that they have a plan for what to do in an emergency. We need to change that. That’s why on April 30th, individuals,...

Date posted: Friday, April 4, 2014
Posted by: Dan Watson, Press Secretary

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.Editor's Note: The America’s PrepareAthon! Google+ Hangout section has been updated with a...

Date posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Posted by: Carla Boyce, Director of the National Exercise Division

If you work in the emergency management field, you’ve probably heard about the 2014 Capstone National Exercise.For those who haven’t, it’s a complex activity comprised of five distinct, but linked, component events: Alaska Shield , Ardent Sentry 14, Nuclear Weapon Accident/Incident Exercise, Eagle...