Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) News

USFA releases special report examining the characteristics of portable heater fires in residential buildings

The report is based on 2008 to 2010 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announces the release of a special report examining the characteristics of portable heater fires in residential buildings. The report, Portable Heater Fires in Residential Buildings (2008-2010), was developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center and is based on 2008 to 2010 data from the N...

Pierce Manufacturing and Fire Chief Magazine honor 2012 Career And Volunteer Fire Chiefs of the Year

2012 Career Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran,of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Departmentin Atlanta, GA. Fire Chief Magazine, part of Penton Media, Inc.’s Public Infrastructure Group, and Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, today announced the 2012 winners of the annual “Fire Chief of the Year” awards. Career Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department in Atlanta, Ga. and Volunteer Fire Chief Jona Olsson of the...

FEMA launches new campaign to promote fire safety awareness for families

FEMA and the National Commission on Children and Disasters are promoting fire safety awareness USFA have issued a new report on the high risks fires pose for children based on the latest available data released by the National Centre for Health Statistics.With home fires on the rise in winter months and a new study showing that young children are at an especially high risk of getting seriously injured or dying in residential fires, the Federal Eme...

FEMA and Federal partners on close safety watch in U.S. after tsunami in Japan

FEMA and other federal organisations have collaborated to develop measures against tsunami like situations Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate briefed President Obama on the Department's ongoing coordination activities with potentially affected states and territories. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners are closely monitoring the effects of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that...

U.S and New Zealand collaborate for proactive emergency management

U.S Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano emphasized on collaboration to fight against disasters The MOC between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management establishes a framework for information sharing and emergency management cooperation. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and New Zealand Ambassador to the United States Mike Moore today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (M...

Non profit agencies receive furniture donated by FEMA

Non profit agencies will benefit in infrastructure makeup through the furniture assistance provided by FEMA Furinture donated to seven non profit agencies will be used by needy people who have suffered in a disaster.The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Louisiana Recovery Office donated furniture to the first of seven nonprofits, Calcasieu Unmet Needs Committee at FEMA's Sherwood Staging facility in Baton Rouge. The Calcasieu Unmet Needs Committee and the other six nonprof...

FEMA urges residents to be prepared for major winter storm

FEMA has urged the residents to be prepared for snowstorms and other winter emergencies Storm could impact 100 million americans; families should visit ready.gov for tips on how to prepare for snowstorms, dangerous driving conditions and other types of winter emergencies.With a major winter storm approaching the Midwest and expected to impact many states, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging all residents in the areas that could be impacted to get prepared....

FEMA announced $16.3 million in support of Louisiana mitigation work

$16.3 million additional mitigation aid for flood protection measures for Katrina and Gustav recovery projects FEMA mitigation aid for flood protection comes in the form of four FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program grants and will benefit the Katrina and Gustav recovery projects.The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced more than $16.3 million in additional mitigation aid for flood protection measures in St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson parishes, as well as for...

Fire Prevention and Safety Grants period to open soon

FP&S is a part of Assistance to Firefighter Grants program useful for firefighters involved in it   Projects supported by Fire Prevention and Safety grants often align with the types of activities performed by Fire Corps programs. The FY 2010 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant application period will open soon, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Grant Programs Directorate has released a Get Ready Guide to help departments start prepping their gran...

February 4, last day to submit Fire Prevention and Safety Grants 2011 applications

The Fire Prevention and Safety Grants are meant to enhance the safety of public and firefighters Fire Prevention & Safety grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and fire-related hazards. The Department of Homeland Security posted the FY2011 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants Program Guidance on the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program Web site. The application period is scheduled to begin on Jan. 3, 20...

Plan and prepare against extreme cold and winter storms urges FEMA

Places become desolate and hard enough to travel after winter storms making navigating directions difficult The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the "Deceptive Killers" because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. That could mean snow or subfr...

D Block Auction a must, says former FEMA Director

Former FEMA director James Lee Witt emphasized on the D-Block auction for better first responders communication The National Broadband Plan provides the framework for a truly nationwide, interoperable broadband network for public safety, and it all depends on an auction of the D Block. During a keynote at the National Press Club, former FEMA Director and CEO of Witt Associates James Lee Witt joined a broad-based group of stakeholders calling for a public auction of valuable 7...

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