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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...

Date posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Stapf, Digital Communications Specialist/Writer

This week, our friends over at the Department of Energy released their newest venture: the Lantern Live app. Available for Android devices, Lantern Live gives people the ability to report the status and location of nearby fuel stations (alternative and conventional), check their area for power...

Date posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Stapf, Digital Communications Specialist/Writer

A large portion of the United States is experiencing incredibly cold temperatures this week. From North Dakota down south to Texas, temperatures are unseasonably low—causing people to dig out their winter hats, scarves and snow boots. Our friends in state and local Departments of Transportation,...

Date posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Posted by: Jason Lindesmith, Social Media & Mobile Lead

In the emergency management world, accurate, timely information is vital.  Having that information results in better prepared communities and survivors who can recover more quickly when disaster strikes.  That’s why FEMA’s Tribal Affairs team created a new, quickly accessible information resource...

Date posted: Monday, October 20, 2014
Posted by: Dawn Hart, External Affairs Specialist

The ability to communicate efficiently and effectively to individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) is critical to the work we do at FEMA. In every disaster, FEMA staff work tirelessly to ensure that we reach out to all disaster survivors, regardless of their language proficiency. Brighton...

Date posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Posted by: Jason Lindesmith, Social Media & Mobile Lead

What makes a great race? To me, the ingredients include awesome scenery, a well-planned route, and a cause that runners can really get behind.  I ran a race that met all three of these conditions in Cannon Beach, Oregon called “Race the Wave”.  In short, the city of Cannon Beach took their town’s...

Date posted: Friday, October 10, 2014
Posted by: Brittany Trotter, Digital Communications Specialist

Washington, D.C., October 2, 2014 -- A troop of "Junior" girl scouts pose after listening to Administrator Fugate talk about emergency preparedness. During the event, the girls were able to hear from different FEMA employees and leadership about FEMA and the importance of emergency preparedness....

Date posted: Friday, October 3, 2014
Posted by: Tony Russell,

El Paso County, Colorado, Commissioner Peggy Littleton with two participants of the Zombie Preparedness Run. The run was one of the events El Paso County organized to raise awareness of emergency preparedness.After facing two devastating wildfires and flash flooding in the past two years, El Paso...

Date posted: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Stapf, Digital Communications Specialist/Writer

Last week, the Chicago Tribune featured a story about a firefighter from the Galapagos Islands who traveled about 3,000 miles from his home to attend a firefighting training course in Romeoville, IL. Carlos Gonzales, who is a tour guide in his everyday life, saved up the money—nearly $3,000—to...

Date posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Stapf, Digital Communications Specialist/Writer

Flash flooding in El Paso, TX caused a disruption during the early Monday morning commute of many people, including one woman whose truck was swept into a canal by fast-moving flood water. Some quick-thinking teachers that were on their way to training became first responders as they helped the...