Posted by: Public Affairs
Every Friday, we post 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.
Emergency Alert System Test
Just a friendly reminder, the Emergency Alert System Test is November 9 at 2 p.m. eastern. We’re working closely with our partners at the Federal Communications Commission and broadcasters across the country to ensure people know what to expect. Remember, it’s only a test.
Tropical Activity in Atlantic
We continue to closely monitor two areas of interest which have a chance of developing into a more organized tropical storm system. Hurricane season lasts until November 30, so we encourage you and your family to take the steps to get prepared for the threat of possible tropical storms and hurricanes.
Make sure you have an emergency kit to sustain you and your family for at least 72 hours and an emergency plan so you know where to go and who to contact if a tropical storm or hurricane forms.
Visit Ready.gov/hurricanes to learn the steps you can take to get you and your family prepared.
Week in Photos
Below are a few photos from the past week of different preparedness and recovery efforts throughout the U.S.
Aurora, NC, October 18, 2011 -- A homeowner in the South Point neighborhood, points out to an inspector how his home was configured. FEMA is working with the state to assist with the removal of debris from areas that sustained damages.
Los Angeles, CA, October 20, 2011 -- Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Mayor delivered comments after participating in ShakeOut at a Target store in Northridge, California. The Mayor is accompanied by representatives of numerous local, state, Federal, and private-sector partner agencies including Los Angeles City and County public safety departments, CalEMA, the Southern California Earthquake Center, the California Earthquake Authority, FEMA, USGS, NORTHCOM, State Farm, and the American Red Cross. Everyone at the Target store, from clerks to shoppers and the Mayor himself, practiced their “drop, cover, and hold on” technique following a storewide announcement timed to coincide with similar exercises throughout the state.
Minot, ND, October 20, 2011 -- David Miller (second in line), Associate Administrator of the FEMA's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, arrives in Minot with other federal and local officials. FEMA is working with state and local partners to provide assistance to those affected by June's historic Souris River flood in Minot.
Charlotte, VT, October 16, 2011 -- A mobile hay wagon displays FEMA's disaster assistance information on Route 7 in Charlotte, Vermont. The Vermont Farm Bureau and FEMA are working together to encourage those affected by Tropical Storm Irene to register by the October 31st deadline.
Minot, ND, October 20, 2011 -- FEMA Associate Administrator of Response and Recovery William Carwile (left) surveys a flood-damaged Minot neighborhood. The owner recently moved back into the home. FEMA is working with state and local partners to provide assistance to those affected by June's historic Souris River flood in Minot.
Wall Township, NJ, October 15, 2011 -- Robert Knight and Susan Langhoff, FEMA Private Sector Specialists along with Richard Adkins, FEMA Community Relations Specialist assisted the Monmouth Council - Boy Scouts of America earn their Emergency Preparedness Badge during their Camporee held at Allaire State Park in Wall Township, NJ.
Schoharie, NY, October 15, 2011 -- Dimaldy Cruz-Carlo, Mitigation Specialist speaks to a disaster survivor at the Schoharie Flood Benefit about preparing for future disasters, flood insurance and rebuilding safe and stronger homes. FEMA plays a vital role supporting State, Tribal and local governments as they respond to the impacts of Hurricane Irene.