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Financial Preparedness Pays

Author:  Daniel Kaniewski, PhD Forty-four percent of Americans do not have $400 on hand to cover an emergency expense. These Americans will be ill-prepared to care for themselves and their families in the wake of a disaster.I was pleased to join Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Acting Director Mick Mulvaney recently [...]

Prepare for Hurricane Florence

Author:  Raymond J. Piper View in FEMA Multimedia LibraryThe time to prepare for Hurricane Florence is now. This powerful storm is expected to bring powerful winds, flooding, storm surge, and dangerous rip currents. Storm tracks can change swiftly, so it’s important to prepare now. Basic services, such as cell service, power, and water, may be [...]

Author:  Andrew Slaten FEMA and Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) conducted a 3-day summit on emergency management training and education on the EMI campus.  With support from USNORTHCOM, FEMA and CENAPRED will be entering into a long-term collaboration to strengthen emergency management training and education in both countries.  Download OriginalBuilding a “Culture of [...]

50 Years of Helping Survivors & Communities

Author:  Matt Behnke On Aug. 1, 1968, the U.S. Congress implemented the National Flood Insurance Act that created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Federal Insurance Administration within the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide flood insurance in communities that voluntarily adopt and enforce floodplain management ordinances, which meet minimum NFIP [...]

Author:  Mark Peterson View in FEMA Multimedia Library August 1st marks the 50th anniversary of the National Flood Insurance Act, the guiding legislation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The program provides flood insurance coverage to millions of households and small businesses in over 22,000 communities and also provides floodplain management and building codes to [...]

Author:  David Maurstad After every disaster, no matter where or what size, there is a marked difference between insured disaster survivors and disaster survivors without adequate insurance. The insured survivor can begin to repair and rebuild their home or business. The survivor without a flood insurance policy may face a far more uncertain future. While [...]

5 Common Flood Insurance Myths

Author:  Raymond J. Piper  The National Flood Insurance Program has worked to protect the life you’ve built for the past 50 years and will continue to do so into the future.  Don’t let rumors and myths drive your decisions.  Here are the five most common myths about flood insurance. MYTH: I receive flood insurance through my homeowner’s [...]

(Pod)Casting a Line into New Digital Waters

Author:  Mark Peterson  Are you a life-long learner, or do you enjoy discovering new topics you didn’t even realize you’d find interesting?That seems to be the outcome for a majority of podcast listeners who access this popular digital platform in ever increasing numbers to listen and learn about an array of topics from hard-hitting news [...]

Building a Resilient Nation

Author:  Daniel Kaniewski, PhD My first day on the job at FEMA was the day Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. Since then I’ve seen firsthand the tireless efforts of FEMA’s dedicated workforce in supporting disaster survivors from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, the catastrophic California wildfires, and dozens of other disasters around the nation.As [...]

Author:  Chris Landsea J.D. Boesch from <a href=”… Region VI</a> instructs emergency managers on hurricane evacuation strategies at the Hurricane Preparedness for Decision Makers course at the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida. (Photo by Dennis Feltgen). Download OriginalEditor’s Note: Mr. Landsea had the unique opportunity through NOAA’s Leadership Competency Development Program to work at FEMA Headquarters [...]