Every Friday, we do a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
Minot, ND, June 29, 2011 -- Richard Serino, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deputy administrator, visits with Red Cross official at the Red Cross shelter in Minot, North Dakota during his visit on June 29.
North Dakota Flooding Response
Federal, state, and local officials continue to support disaster survivors in response to the historic flooding along the Souris River in North Dakota. Here’s a look back at our blog posts this week, discussing the emergency management team’s role in the ongoing flood-fighting efforts in North Dakota:
- Photos: North Dakota Flooding & Recovery
- News of the Day: Disaster Assistance in North Dakota
- Floodwaters Swamp Minot, But Don’t Dampen Resolve in the “Magic City”
Disaster assistance is available to individuals and business owners in McHenry, Morton, Renville, Ward and Burleigh counties, and we encourage all disaster survivors to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 or by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov or m.fema.gov on your smartphone.
Upcoming holiday weekend
With the Fourth of July only a few days away, we wanted to take the time to remind you to have a safe and memorable holiday. For many, Independence Day is marked by fireworks, cookouts, and picnics. While you celebrate this year, remember to leave the fireworks to the professionals and use safe cooking techniques at your cookout. And if your local forecast is calling for high temperatures, remember to take steps to get prepared for the heat.
Arlene stays away, but serves as a reminder
In case you missed it this week, tropical storm Arlene became the first named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. Although Arlene did not have a significant impact on the U.S. (and has since began to dissipate over Mexico), it serves as a reminder that hurricane season is here. Make sure you’re prepared for hurricane season by visiting Ready.gov/hurricanes and visit the National Hurricane Center website for official advisories and forecasts on severe tropical weather.
Faces of Homeland Security
Earlier this week, Secretary Napolitano, launched Faces of Homeland Security: Heroes on the Front Lines to tell the stories of some of the inspiring DHS employees who have gone above and beyond to prevent terrorism, secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.
Check out Sidney Melton’s (a FEMA employee) story about his role following the deadly tornadoes that struck Alabama this spring.