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Date posted: Friday, January 30, 2015
Posted by: Craig Fugate, Administrator

(Editor's note: This post originally appeared on the White House blog.)The view from aerial tour of Hurricane Sandy damage of New Jersey's barrier beaches, Nov. 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, the storm sent water cascading into the...

Date posted: Friday, January 30, 2015
Posted by: Charlotte Porter,

When it comes to issues that matter, Washington never has all of the answers. Effective emergency management is no exception. We say this a lot at FEMA, but it's true: we're just one part of the nation's emergency management team. Elected officials, non-profit groups, the private sector, tribal...

Date posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Posted by: Eilis Maynard, Digital Engagement Lead

A snow drift in my neighborhood. Shoveling snow becomes a massive job after a blizzard dumps multiple feet of snow on city streets.I’m Eilis and I work in FEMA’s Region 1 office in Boston. Right now, wind is whipping snow around my Charlestown apartment, and the typically busy intersection right...

Date posted: Monday, January 26, 2015
Posted by: Rafael Lemaitre, Director, FEMA Public Affairs

The worst of the #Blizzardof2015 is about to hit the Northeast. Throughout the day, we’ve remained in close contact with state, local and tribal officials to make sure there are no unmet needs. And as we continue to track and monitor this storm, we also want to make sure you have all the...

Date posted: Friday, January 9, 2015
Posted by: Shayne Adamski, Senior Manager, Digital Engagement, Public Affairs

I know that understanding data can sometimes be daunting, especially if you’re looking at a spreadsheet with rows, upon rows, upon rows of data.To make our data easier to understand, a small project team and I have been working on an innovative data visualization tool designed to help you better...

Date posted: Friday, January 9, 2015
Posted by: Jessica Stapf, Digital Communications Specialist/Writer

The New Year is upon us and with that comes the inevitable, hard-to-answer question: "What's your New Year's resolution?" Many will respond with something along the lines of "I'd like to give more time to my community" or "I'd like to do some volunteering."If you are one of those who have placed...

Date posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Posted by: Jessica Stapf, Digital Communications Specialist/Writer

Fires can happen on both large and small scales in all kinds of places. This week, we’ve seen two examples that show the dangers of fire, but both stories offer examples of fire safety in action.Here in the United States, lightning struck two separate homes in Texas—six miles apart. The damage was...

Date posted: Monday, December 15, 2014
Posted by: Jason Lindesmith, Social Media & Mobile Lead

Winter is here – that time of year when we’re bundling up, trying to stay warm, and getting ready for the holiday season.  It’s also a time to think about fire safety, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t recognize the amazing progress our partners are making to make our communities safer.     Here’s...

Date posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Posted by: Yajaira Reyes, FEMA Corps

My name is Yajaira Reyes, I am 24 years old and am part of FEMA Corps. I am now concluding the final round of my FEMA Corps journey and am beginning to reflect at how much this program has done for me. I started this program as someone a little unsure of what the future would look like and lacking...

Date posted: Friday, November 21, 2014
Posted by: Jason Lindesmith, Social Media & Mobile Lead

Is diversity important in emergency management? How do you break into emergency management?  What advice do you have for women looking to move up in emergency management? I sat down with Elizabeth A. Zimmerman, one of FEMA’s most accomplished leaders and head of the Office of Response and Recovery...