Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public Affairs
At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
Let it snow (and be cold, too)
(Current severe weather warnings and watches around the U.S. This map is automatically updated by the National Weather Service.)
“Old man winter” started to rear his head this week, and forecasts from the National Weather Service project colder temperatures and heavy snow may be in store for many in the coming week as well.
- Cold & snowy spots - The Northern Plains and portions of the Northeast are expected to have much colder temperatures than normal, and areas around the Great Lakes are expected to experience heavy snow early next week. Much of Alaska will continue to have below normal temperatures, including the southern coast.
- Other severe weather – Other areas of the U.S. may experience heavy rains early next week, including portions of the Southeast and Pacific Northwest.
For a complete run-down of your local forecast, visit weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your mobile device. And remember you can get prepared for winter weather, or any kind of severe weather, by visiting Ready.gov or m.fema.gov on your mobile device.
Martin Luther King, Jr. day of service
(Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of USA.gov)
This coming Monday, January 16, is Martin Luther King, Jr. day – nationally recognized as a day of reflection and service. One way to honor the civil rights leader and his contribution to America is by volunteering your time and talents on Monday, and throughout the year. The President’s United We Serve website has resources for finding and getting involved with volunteer opportunities and organizations in your neighborhood. (The National Service Blog has a great post up about a church in Endicott, New York, who pitched in to help disaster survivors in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Lee.)
And as we reflect on the spirit of service, we would like to sincerely thank the countless volunteers and voluntary organizations who are a valuable and indispensible part of the emergency management team. They are a vital part in assisting those affected by disasters, and the success of our efforts greatly depends on the passion and generosity of organizations and individuals after disasters.
Spooky preparedness for Friday the 13th
Today is Friday the 13th, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t add something spooky/superstitious. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control posted a quirky blog about zombie preparedness – showing how planning for a fictitious zombie apocalypse could serve as a great exercise in getting prepared for real-world emergencies.
So even though we aren’t specifically watching anything related to zombie attacks this weekend, those of you who are a little more superstitious about numbers and dates will enjoy the CDC’s “Preparedness 101 – Zombie Apocalypse” blog post.
Have a great weekend, and stay safe.