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FEMA Urges Residents to Continue Monitoring Conditions as Tropical Storm Approaches Gulf Coast

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Heavy Rains and Flooding Possible in Some Areas

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through
its national response coordination center in Washington, D.C. and its
regional offices in Atlanta, Ga., and Denton, Texas remains in close
coordination with states potentially affected by Tropical Storm Karen.
According to the National Weather Service, tropical storm conditions are
expected along areas of the Gulf Coast as early as this afternoon and
into Sunday.

“Residents along the Gulf Coast are encouraged to continue to monitor
local conditions and follow the direction of local officials,” said
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.  “As the storm continues to move toward
land, residents may begin to experience strong winds and flooding.
Remember that conditions can change with little or no notice.”

Based on applicable legal requirements and consistent with its
contingency plan, FEMA has recalled currently furloughed employees
necessary to serve functions of the agency that protect life and
property as they prepare for potential landfall of Tropical Storm Karen.

FEMA has recalled staff necessary to deploy four incident management
assistance teams (IMAT), including a national incident management
assistance team (IMAT), to potentially affected states. Each IMAT is
supported by its defense coordinating element staffed by the Department
of Defense.  Liaison officers are currently positioned in emergency
operations centers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi to
assist with the coordination of planning and response operations.
Additional teams are on standby and available for deployment as needed
and requested.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate spoke with Alabama Governor Robert
Bentley, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal,
and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant this week about ongoing efforts to
prepare for Tropical Storm Karen. Fugate reiterated that Gulf Coast
states have the full support of FEMA and the rest of the federal family
in advance of the storm making landfall. Fugate’s calls were preceded by
outreach from FEMA’s Regional Administrators to emergency management
officials in potentially impacted states.

According to the National Weather Service, a tropical storm warning
remains in effect from Morgan City, La. to the mouth of the Pearl River.
A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected within 36 hours.  Also, a tropical storm watch remains in
effect for metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain
and from east of the mouth of the Pearl River to Indian Pass, Fla. A
tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible,
generally within 48 hours.

Severe Weather Safety and Preparedness Tips for Potentially-affected Gulf Coast areas:

  • Have important supplies ready to sustain you and your family, if
    needed. This includes water, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra
    batteries, cell phone charger, medicines, non-perishable food, and
    first aid supplies.
  • History shows that storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly,
    so FEMA encourages coastal residents to monitor weather conditions and
    take steps now to get prepared for potential severe tropical weather.
  • Tropical storms can bring high winds and heavy rains, so listen to local officials and follow their instructions.

FEMA,
through its regional offices in Chicago, Ill and Kansas City, Mo., also
is monitoring the storms affecting and potentially affecting areas of
the Central U.S., including portions of Iowa and Nebraska, and has been
in touch with state and local officials. FEMA deployed a liaison to the
emergency operations center in Nebraska and activated an incident
management assistance team (IMAT), positioning the team for immediate
deployment should assistance be requested by the states affected.  FEMA
continues to stand ready to support the states, as requested.

For more information on preparing for hurricanes, severe weather and
other natural disasters, and what you can do to protect yourself and
your family, visit www.Ready.gov or www.listo.gov.
Information regarding emergency preparedness and what to do before and
after a disaster can also be found at m.fema.gov or by downloading the
FEMA app from your smartphone’s app store.

Follow FEMA online at blog.fema.gov, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does
not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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