Posted by: Lars Anderson, Director, Public Affairs
Throughout the recent government shutdown, FEMA was committed to supporting disaster survivors. Ongoing response operations to recent disasters have continued because this work is funded by the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), which did not lapse with other appropriations on September 30, 2013. It will take time for FEMA to get back to business as usual. We ask for your patience in the coming days and weeks as we reactivate all of FEMA’s activities following the government shutdown. Below are some highlights from this past week of FEMA activities.
The ground shook (figuratively) and we practiced how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On (literally) during the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill yesterday.
Millions of individuals, families, students, teachers, businesses and organizations across the country took part in the ShakeOut. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, and ShakeOut earthquake drill is a time for people to practice what to do during an earthquake. So remember, if an earthquake occurs, just DROP under a sturdy table, COVER your head, and HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
Here’s how the ShakeOut played out for a few FEMA staff yesterday:
Although the ShakeOut is over, we encourage you to continue to practice earthquake drills along with other safety drills to prepare your family and friends for an emergency. And even though the Great ShakeOut was yesterday, you can still be counted as a participant (along with over 18 million Americans) by registering at the Great ShakeOut website.
Visit www.shakeout.org for more information on the ShakeOut and remember, if the ground starts shaking, Drop, Cover and Hold On.
Colorado Flood Recovery Continues
We continue to support ongoing recovery efforts underway in Colorado following last month’s flooding. To date, more than 12,500 impacted individuals and families have been approved for FEMA assistance, accounting for more than $44 million in approved assistance. Here are a few photos highlighting the work being done to assist residents during the recovery process.