(Photo courtesy of FEMA Photo Library, 2006)
If you’ve turned on the news anytime in the past week, the headlines have been littered with stories of the ongoing severe weather across the U.S. Last week, a powerful rain and snow storm affected much of the West coast. Over the weekend, a blizzard moved in along the eastern seaboard. Airports are closed, major sporting events have been affected, and thousands of residents are without power or sheltering in their homes.
We are in close coordination with our state and local partners, monitoring developments from the National Weather Service forecast office. There has been no request for federal assistance at this time, but the governors of the following states have declared a state of emergency due to the storm:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
By declaring a state of emergency, the Governor makes available state government resources, such as personnel, equipment and facilities, to support and assist disaster response operations.
As the storm moves through, be sure to listen to local officials for safety information in your area. Keep up with the latest local forecast at weather.gov, or on your smart phone at mobile.weather.gov. For tips on winter preparedness, check out Ready.gov, or if you’re on the go, visit our mobile site.