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Severe Weather Outlook
This spring has been filled with severe weather so far, and forecasts from the National Weather Service say it’s likely to continue in many parts of the country. Flooding is expected to continue along the Mississippi River, from Illinois down to Louisiana. Parts of North and South Dakota are also expected to see flooding over the next ten days as well.
Drought conditions are projected to continue across the southern U.S., particularly in New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Florida. For your local forecast, go to http://www.weather.gov/ or http://mobile.weather.gov/ on your phone. And whatever hazards are in your area, Ready.gov has tips for getting prepared and staying safe.
Hurricane Awareness Week
Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its 2011 hurricane outlook, projecting an above-normal season for the entire Atlantic Basin - Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator, and Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator, blogged about the outlook yesterday.
As they mentioned yesterday, hurricane season starts on June 1, so we’re encouraging people to take steps now to get prepared for a hurricane. Since next week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, keep an eye on this blog for more information on getting ready for the season. But until then, you can start getting prepared today at www.ready.gov/hurricanes, or put our “Get Prepared For A Hurricane” widget on your website.
Here's the code for the English widget:
<iframe width="240" height="460" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" frameborder="0" src="http://www.fema.gov/help/widgets/prepared_hurricane.html" title="Are you prepared for hurricanes?"/iframe>
Disaster Recovery Efforts Continue
Disaster recovery efforts continue in many states, especially those in the southeast and along the Mississippi River. We continue to work with the entire emergency management team – state, local and tribal governments; the private sector; voluntary, faith- and community-based organizations; and the public – to assist disaster survivors and the affected communities. While this blog is a great place to keep up with the latest information, you can also visit our web pages for each disaster.
Zombies & Emergency Preparedness
In case you missed it, the Centers for Disease Control had a spooky blog post yesterday, using the “threat” of a zombie apocalypse as a way to inspire others to get prepared for a real emergency. The blog post also includes resources that you can share on your website, with a few badges that stay true to the zombie theme: