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.
Potential Severe Weather
The National Weather Service is calling for extreme heat to continue through the weekend for much of the Central U.S., in an area stretching from Texas to North Dakota. Yesterday, we posted some safety tips for higher temperatures, so check the post out and plan to stay out of the heat.
Flooding is expected to continue along the Missouri and Souris rivers, and we continue to support the emergency management team in providing assistance to individuals and communities that continue to be affected. And in portions of the Southeast, forecasts are calling for heavy rains, so make sure you’re prepared for potential flooding or flash flooding.
And even if your community isn’t expected to have severe weather over the next few days, you can check your local forecast at www.weather.gov or on your phone at mobile.weather.gov.
Recovery Work Continues
As flood waters in the Missouri River Basin have reached a steady state, FEMA continues to work closely with our federal, state and local government partners, and the private sector meet the needs of those affected. During a July 13 visit to Minot, N.D., Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security, took a first-hand look at damage caused by recent severe flooding and reinforced the administration’s commitment to standing behind the people of Minot and all of North Dakota through every step of this recovery.
Small Business Administration: Partners in Disaster Assistance
In addition to our work supporting states currently dealing with flooding, FEMA and our partners also continue to support recovery efforts for other disasters. The Small Business Administration is urging Alabama applicants seeking assistance following April's tornadoes and severe storms to return their SBA Loan Application by the July 18th deadline.
Video: Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles in Action
On the American Red Cross Blog, they recently posted a few videos about the organization’s Emergency Response Vehicles as they deliver items to survivors in Minot, N.D. as they clean up their homes. Voluntary organizations are a valuable member of the emergency management team, and we work with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters on a daily basis, a group that includes the American Red Cross.