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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...

Date posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Posted by: Craig Fugate, Administrator

Editor's note: This was originally posted on the Corporation for National & Community Service blog on August 5, 2014.Disaster Survivor Assistance Team (DSAT) member Marie Orechoff checks on the FEMA application status of Toni Talley in Brownsville, Florida. Andrea Booher/FEMAEmergency...

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...