Posted by: Alexandra Kirin, 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.
This weekend, the National Weather Service forecasts periods of high winds for parts of California, the Southwest and Southern High Plains, Central Rockies, Northern and Central Plains, and the Midwest. Below normal temperatures are expected for the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains and parts of Northern Alaska.
Additionally, heavy snowfall is forecasted for the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Severe drought conditions are expected to continue for parts of the Central and Southern Great Plains, and the South.
With severe weather occurring in parts of the South over the past few days, we encourage you to monitor your area’s local forecast as weather conditions can change. Stay up-to-date on your local forecast by visiting weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your mobile device.
FEMA APP for Blackberry
Last August, we launched the FEMA App for Android devices, followed by Apple devices. We are pleased to announce that we have now launched the FEMA App for Blackberry smartphones (version 6.0 and up) and the Blackberry Playbook.
The FEMA App allows users to:
- Check off the items you have (and don’t have) in your family’s emergency kit,
- Enter your family emergency meeting locations,
- Review safety tips on what to do before, during and after a disaster,
- View a map and get directions to shelters and disaster recovery centers across the U.S., and
- Read our latest blog posts.
New CyberSecurity Launch
Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security launched a new cybersecurity twitter feed. The @cyber account provides followers with cybersecurity safety and consumer tips to help ensure you and your family stay safe online.
HHS Selects Challenge Winners for Facebook Application
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response announced the winners of their Facebook application challenge, which called on software application developers to design new Facebook applications that could enhance individual and community resilience by establishing social connections in advance of an emergency. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate was among the panelists who had the opportunity to review and offer his advice on these unique and innovative ideas. The first place app is anticipated to be launched in the coming months, prior to the start of hurricane season.
Photo of the Week
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate gave remarks on fostering the whole community approach at the 2012 Domestic Preparedness Workshop at the Gaylord Hotel in the National Harbor, Md. The theme of the workshop is, “Communities – Focus of our Domestic Preparedness.”