How Waffle House Became A Disaster Indicator For FEMA


For shelter and supplies after a devastating storm, communities turn to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). But for a clear sense of how bad things are, FEMA turns to Waffle House.

Nearly a decade ago, Florida’s emergency management chief, W. Craig Fugate, noticed that when information was scarce after a disaster, the status of a 24-hour Waffle House restaurant often indicated whether an area had electricity, gas, and passable roads. So he created a three-color rating: green (fully open), yellow (limited menu), and red (closed). Then he brought it with him to his current post as FEMA’s administrator.

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FEMA publishes business continuity exercises for private sector organizations


FEMA is now providing, free for download and use, a series of Tabletop Exercise presentations as a tool to advance your organization’s continuity, preparedness and resiliency.

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FEMA For Your Phone


When you need disaster assistance information on the fly, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has you covered.

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Fugate Brings Florida Ideas to FEMA


Craig Fugate brought three lessons with him when he took over the Federal Emergency Management Agency: Always be ready for disasters, make sure people take responsibility for themselves and get the message out creatively.

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FEMA Announces Release Of Final Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101


The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today the release of the final Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: “Developing and Maintaining State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local Government Emergency Plans.”

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FEMA Encourages People with Special Needs to Prepare


For the millions of Americans who have physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities, emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism may present special challenges. The same challenge also applies to the elderly and other special needs populations. Officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) are urging residents of Washington state to be prepared.

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Interested in Serving on FEMA’s National Advisory Council?


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply for appointment.

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