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Federal Agencies Join Twitter Public Safety Alerts Program

Twitter has launched a new feature to help government agencies and emergency responders alert people about natural disasters and other public safety events. The departments of Interior and State Department, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Geological Survey are among the participants in the alerts program, according …

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FEMA to Change How Disaster Funds are Disbursed

According to Fiercehomelandsecurity.com, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate recently told a House panel the agency can change the way it disburses construction project funds from the disaster relief fund. Fugate told a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee the money currently reimburses the total cost of a project, which …

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Senate OKs $6.9B Disaster Fund Package

The Senate approved legislation Thursday for $6.9 billion in disaster aid funding until October 2012. However, Reuters reports the bill is unlikely to pass the House, where Republican leaders have insisted the disaster funds be offset with cuts in other spending. President Barack Obama had asked for $5.1 billion to …

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In Wake of Irene, FEMA Saving Funds for ‘Immediate Needs’

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Saturday it is temporarily halting payments for long-term repair and rebuilding projects in order to pay for damage caused by Hurricane Irene. FEMA said it is implementing Immediate Needs Funding guidance, restricting funds to tasks such as debris removal and removal of health and …

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Ahead of Irene, DHS & FEMA Call Local Leaders

Hurricane Irene is putting the east coast on notice this weekend and putting the federal government on overdrive in its preparations. The federal government made one step in its preparations Thursday by convening a call with governors in seven states along the Atlantic coast, plus five mayors. Homeland Security Secretary …

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FEMA Head: Disaster Preparedness Includes Twitter

Using social media is  not just the province of smartphone-wielding tweens and narcissistic twenty-somethings anymore. In an interview with Nextgov, the top government official tasked with emergency relief said Twitter and other social media sites will be a major part of federal disaster preparedness. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig …

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