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Date posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Posted by: Erin Ward, External Affairs Specialist, FEMA Region 10

One year after the devastating SR530 slide struck the community of Oso, Washington, the loss and devastation to the communities throughout the Stillaguamish Valley still cannot be understated. On Sunday March 22, 2015 families, communities, volunteers and responders came together for the one year...

Date posted: Monday, March 23, 2015
Posted by: Alexandra Woodruff, FEMA National Advisory Council

Do you remember the best meeting you’ve ever been to?  Maybe there was a memorable speaker.  Maybe you learned things that made an impact on your career.  Or maybe it was a field trip.I’d like to share the story about a recent meeting that’s near the top of my list—the March meeting of FEMA’s...

Date posted: Friday, March 20, 2015
Posted by: Shayne Adamski, Senior Manager, Digital Engagement, Public Affairs

I wanted to write a quick update about a bunch of things going on at the agency right now – from fire grants to preparedness leaders to House of Cards.  There are a lot of updates below for different partners and customers.First, House of Cards. I’m a fan too and one of our real life initiatives is...

Date posted: Monday, March 16, 2015
Posted by: Jason Lindesmith, Social Media & Mobile Lead

My phone is constantly buzzing and beeping all day long. E-mails, social media, texts, and app notifications bombard my phone and create a cacophony of reminders that tend to all blend together.  But what if one of those texts, e-mails, or social media posts is about an emergency? Wouldn’t it be...

Date posted: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Posted by: Rafael Lemaitre, Director, FEMA Public Affairs

All it takes is one.One hurricane. One tornado. One flood, earthquake, or fire to displace a family, upend a business, destroy a school - or worse.  No one is immune to the threat of disasters, and 2014 was no exception.View in FEMA Multimedia LibraryIn March, we witnessed an entire community wiped...

Date posted: Monday, February 9, 2015
Posted by: Craig Fugate, Administrator

There are a lot of opinions floating around Washington these days about what’s at stake in the battle over funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). From my perspective as Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), I can say with certainty that the current standoff...

Date posted: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Posted by: Allison Pfaendler, FEMA Corps Team Leader

February 2, 2015 was a monumental day for me and four of my fellow FEMA Corps members.  I never had a chance to meet President Obama, let alone shake his hand. Therefore, I was especially honored to be invited to the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal event held at DHS Headquarters in Washington, DC...

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...

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