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July 9, 2005
The following Web sites may be accessed for emergency preparedness information. www.ready.gov (Department of Homeland Security) www.fema.gov (Federal Emergency Management Agency) www.ncpc.org (National Crime Prevention Council)
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 5, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT - Fleetwood Travel Trailers, which has a plant in Williamsport, has been shipping thousands of trailers destined for victims of Hurricane Katrina. A shipment went out by rail Wednesday from Hagerstown's south end. Fleetwood spokeswoman Amy Coleman said Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency designated a contractor to buy two groups of trailers on the government's behalf. She did not know which contractor. The first group, of 7,500 units, had to be delivered by the end of December.
NEWS
by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | February 16, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT daniels@herald-mail.com Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Maryland Inc. in Williamsport eliminated a third shift of about 150 workers after completing its part of an order from the federal government to make 7,500 travel trailers for victims of Hurricane Katrina, a company official said Wednesday. Williamsport plant General Manager Melinda Ford said 30 workers were laid off last month and the rest of the workers either moved into other jobs or saw their positions cut through attrition, including resignations.
NEWS
by KEVIN KILLEN/Northern Virginia Daily | June 13, 2003
A former federal investigator testified Thursday that the owner of a firm that trains drug- and explosive-detecting dogs became angry when told he was being investigated for an apparent error in a billing to a government agency. John Hawe, a former special agent with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, investigated a bill that Russell Ebersole submitted to the agency for the use of his detector dogs after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Ebersole, 43, of Hagerstown, is being tried in U.S. District Court here on 28 counts of wire fraud and making false statements to government agencies.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 2, 2005
For those who want to donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends cash. FEMA urges people who want to do something besides give money to contact volunteer agencies rather than just show up in disaster-struck areas. Organizations on FEMA's list of those accepting cash donations are: American Red Cross, 800-435-7669 (800-HELP-NOW) Operation Blessing, 800-436-6348 America's Second Harvest, 800-344-8070 Organizations that are soliciting both cash and volunteers include: Adventist Community Services, 800-381-7171 Catholic Charities USA, 703-549-1390 Christian Disaster Response, 941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554 Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 800-848-5818 Church World Service, 800-297-1516 Convoy of Hope, 417-823-8998 Lutheran Disaster Response, 800-638-3522 Mennonite Disaster Service, 717-859-2210 Nazarene Disaster Response, 888-256-5886 Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, 800-872-3283 The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769 (800-SAL-ARMY)
NEWS
April 20, 2006
This week a group of Maryland's emergency services workers gathered in Laurel, Md., for hear from R. David Paulison, the new head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Paulison, who was refreshing candid about FEMA's previous problems, told the workers that educating the public is their most important job. We agree. While citizens depend on emergency services workers for many things, promoting self-reliance among able-bodied citizens would free those workers to take care of the elderly and the disabled.
NEWS
November 15, 1997
Agencies that run emergency food and shelter programs in Washington County have until Dec. 2 to apply for a share of the $47,645 awarded locally by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for fiscal 1998. "The figure is down $9,000 from the previous year so we will have to prioritize carefully this year," said June Stouffer of the United Way of Washington County. This coming year, those funds will be meted out at the rate of 42 percent for mass shelters, 41 percent for eviction prevention, 15 percent for emergency food and 2 percent for administration costs, which Stouffer said is put back into programs and services.
NEWS
by DON AINES | August 10, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - The Disaster Recovery Center that opened July 14 at the Norland Shopping Plaza in the aftermath of late June flooding in Franklin County will close its doors tonight, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency officials. FEMA and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday that the center at 2953 Philadelphia Ave. is closing along with centers in Schuylkill and Susquehanna counties. Steve Michael, an emergency management specialist at the Franklin County center, said 304 individuals and families have sought assistance at the center since its opening.
NEWS
December 25, 1997
By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARLOWE, W.Va. - It could be Sportsman's Paradise lost - or at least sold - for more than two dozen property owners of the Potomac River subdivision who have agreed to participate in a federal buyout program of flood-prone lands. Berkeley County Commission president Jim Smith said Wednesday that about 30 property owners in the development have come to terms with the county on a sale price for their land in the low-lying subdivision.
NEWS
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | August 21, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Whether they want it or not, most residents in the Pikeview West subdivision pay more than $600 a year for flood insurance because of a Federal Emergency Management Agency requirement, according to homeowners' association secretary Paul Gavin. That requirement is based on flood studies flawed by incomplete data, said Gavin, who asked the Berkeley County Commission on Thursday to help his group's effort to get the area restudied. "There's never been any reported flooding in the area," said Gavin, who has lived in the subdivision off U.S. 11 around Evans Run since 1984.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | October 29, 2011
The police investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway, Md., has hit a snag. The problem - getting the federal government to respond. "We're still waiting on information from the federal government," lead investigator Scott Bare, a senior trooper with Maryland State Police, said this month. Months ago, Bare said, he requested information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that he needs for part of the investigation.
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OPINION
By SPENCE PERRY | May 18, 2011
The disaster season is upon us — with floods, hurricanes until late fall and earthquakes at any time — accompanied by the drama, misery and expense they bring. What will the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its state partners dole out this year in disaster assistance? Let’s focus on the federal effort, although how well the states do their part is key to an effective response. It should be noted that state response capability is uneven. If you must be part of a disaster, you are better off in California, Florida, Minnesota or Washington than you are in Mississippi, Louisiana or Arkansas (Maryland is in the lower half of the top 25 states)
NEWS
By Staff Sgt. SHERREE GREBENSTEIN, 167th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office | May 19, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Members of the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing and Federal Emergency Management Agency held a joint inspection exercise at the air base May 12 to ensure that if a disaster strikes anywhere in the world, equipment and supplies can be delivered expeditiously and safely. With time of the essence when responding to a crisis, FEMA officials based in Frederick, Md., teamed with Airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing's Logistical Readiness Squadron's Small Air Terminal to inventory all items in the Prepositioned Equipment Program, including hazardous materials, that would be shipped out aboard one of the Airlift Wing's 11 assigned C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 10, 2007
Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. will receive a $204,250 federal grant toward the purchase of a new firetruck, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Jay Grimes, the fire company's president, said the new mini-pumper truck will cost about $210,000. Donations collected by the fire department will cover the difference between the grant amount and the purchase price, he said. Grimes said the new truck will replace a 1978 Dodge brush truck with about 40,000 miles on it. "We try to keep our trucks 20 years ... and it's starting to rust pretty bad," he said.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 23, 2007
SMITHSBURG - It seems she's been preparing for the career for years, but it took two national emergencies and an internship to solidify her decision. Seventeen-year-old Erika Jeter said after graduation she hopes to enroll at Virginia Commonwealth University and study homeland security and emergency management. The Smithsburg High School senior said that college has one of the only programs of the kind in the country. "It's just so new," she said. Her interest in the field increased, as it did nationally, after the Sept.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 22, 2007
SMITHSBURG It seems she's been preparing for the career for years, but it took two national emergencies and an internship to solidify her decision. Seventeen-year-old Erika Jeter said after graduation she hopes to enroll at Virginia Commonwealth University and study homeland security and emergency management. The Smithsburg High School senior said that college has one of the only programs of the kind in the country. "It's just so new," she said. Her interest in the field increased, as it did nationally, after the Sept.
NEWS
December 2, 2006
Thumbs up - To the Washington County Commissioners, for their agreement to donate $20,000 to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Salute to Independence from the county's share of hotel/motel tax revenue. According to the MSO's presentation, the cost of producing the July event has increased by 20 percent during the last four years. The commissioners' realization that this unique event is worth supporting is most welcome. Thumbs up - To the late Bill Mason, for blazing the trail for all of the police officers of color who followed him into the ranks of the police departments in Washington County.
NEWS
by DON AINES | August 10, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - The Disaster Recovery Center that opened July 14 at the Norland Shopping Plaza in the aftermath of late June flooding in Franklin County will close its doors tonight, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency officials. FEMA and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday that the center at 2953 Philadelphia Ave. is closing along with centers in Schuylkill and Susquehanna counties. Steve Michael, an emergency management specialist at the Franklin County center, said 304 individuals and families have sought assistance at the center since its opening.
NEWS
by DON AINES | July 12, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A disaster recovery center for those whose homes and property were damaged or destroyed by flooding in late June could open in Franklin County by the end of the week, according to county officials. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials will be here today to look at the former Thompson Institute in the Norland Shopping Center, Assistant County Administrator Kelly Livermore told the Board of County Commissioners. If the space is approved, a relief center could be opened by 1 p.m. Friday.
NEWS
April 20, 2006
This week a group of Maryland's emergency services workers gathered in Laurel, Md., for hear from R. David Paulison, the new head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Paulison, who was refreshing candid about FEMA's previous problems, told the workers that educating the public is their most important job. We agree. While citizens depend on emergency services workers for many things, promoting self-reliance among able-bodied citizens would free those workers to take care of the elderly and the disabled.
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