Published by: Public Affairs
At the end of each week, 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.
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Alaska Storm Update
A dangerous, and potentially deadly, storm is currently bringing high winds, coastal flooding, and heavy snow to the west coast of Alaska. Forecasts from the National Weather Service predict that sustained winds and elevated water levels will continue to affect a large portion of the western Alaska coast today, before beginning to subside, from south to north, this evening. We encourage Alaskans to monitor weather conditions closely and to follow the direction provided by their local officials.
Over the past several days, we’ve provided updates on our role, and we continue to closely monitor the situation. As the storm progresses, we will remain in constant contact with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and our other federal and local partners.
For updates from the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, you can visit their website or find them on Facebook or Twitter.
Emergency Alert System Test
Yesterday, along with the FCC and NOAA, we tested the national Emergency Alert System at 2 p.m. EST through TV and radio stations. There has been a lot of feedback after the test, and we’re currently collecting data about the initial results.
It will take the test’s participants several weeks to send us and the FCC the full results, but this feedback will be used as we plan to test the other newer technologies and communications tools that are also going to be part of our public alert and warning networks. Check out yesterday’s blog post for information on the next steps and today’s blog post about some of the reviews that are coming in.
And in case you missed it earlier this week, Administrator Fugate announced the fully redesigned Ready.gov. Ready.gov is all about getting prepared and helping people know how to stay safe before, during and after disasters. The new site helps you find this invaluable information faster, and puts it in an easy to understand format. But don’t take our word for it – here’s Administrator Fugate to go over some of the changes.
And as a reminder, we recently released the FEMA app for Apple-powered mobile devices (also available for Android), and many of our safety tips are also on the FEMA mobile website, http://m.fema.gov, which is designed to display quickly on your smartphone.