Washington, DC, February 1, 2011 -- Senior officials from FEMA, including Administrator Craig Fugate (center, back to camera), Deputy Administrator Rich Serino (left) and Chief of Staff Jason McNamara (right), joined via telephone by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, brief President Obama via teleconference on the winter storm that is affecting a large portion of the country.
The winter storm affecting millions across the U.S. is currently moving north and east, and is expected to impact Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and the New England states today. Through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO, Denton, TX, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, we continue to closely monitor the severe winter weather and stand ready to provide assistance if requested.
Here's the latest:
For those in the affected areas
Be sure to track your local forecast with the National Weather Service, the official source for severe weather warnings/watches/advisories. Shelters and warming centers have been established in several states in the impacted area. See this interactive map from the American Red Cross to see the list of open shelters.
Scattered power outages have also been reported throughout the Midwest, and we are working with the impacted states to make sure they have the support they need as they work to restore power. Make sure you’re prepared for a potential blackout with these tips.
When natural disasters, such as winter storms, hit local first responders and good Samaritans are the heroes as they handle the immediate response. We stand ready to support them if assistance is requested.
For those in the storm's projected path
We encourage everyone still in the storm’s path to listen to the advice of their local officials and to stay inside, stay off the roads, and stay warm. If you aren’t prepared for severe winter weather or potential power outages, visit Ready.gov today.
For those with an internet-capable cell phone, bookmark our mobile site for emergency and preparedness information on the go.