Friday, May 25, 2012

2012 National Hurricane Preparedness Week, We Pledge to Prepare


Picture of hurricane.
Hurricane season started May 15th in the Eastern Pacific and  starts on June 1st in the Atlantic, and we were more than happy to have Michael Widomski from FEMA Public Affairs as a guest blogger here to talk about hurricane preparedness. Hurricanes can put a damper on everything. Including air travel of course… So TSA will be tweeting hurricane updates from our brand new regional twitter accounts this year: @TSANortheast, @TSAMidAtlantic, @TSACentral, @TSASoutheast, @TSAMidWest, and @TSAWestern. Be sure to follow one of the accounts for TSA tweets related to your region.

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2012 NATIONAL HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK, WE PLEDGE TO PREPARE
                                                      
TSA is joining thousands around the country who are pledging to be a “Force of Nature” and taking action to prepare for the potential negative impacts of hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricane season begins June 1 and extends through November 30, and as we saw last year with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, severe tropical weather can impact coastal and inland areas alike. 

Hurricanes and tropical storms are known for the unforgettable visuals we see on the news every year –trees bending due to high winds and heavy rains rendering TV cameras useless as they look over an abandoned beach. But in addition to these obvious effects, hurricanes and tropical storms can often disrupt life for those in coastal and inland areas through evacuations, prolonged power outages, and flooding.

With these risks in mind, we ask that you join in pledging to be prepared for hurricane season by: 
  • Knowing your risk: The first step to Being a Force of Nature is to understand how hurricanes and tropical storms can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly and sign up for local alerts from emergency management officials and obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Taking action: Actions can be small, simple, and quick. You can pledge to develop an emergency plan based on your local hurricane, severe storm, and flooding hazard, and practice how and where you will evacuate if instructed by your emergency management officials.  Post your plan in your home where visitors can see it. Learn how to strengthen your home and business against hurricanes.  Download FEMA’s mobile app so you can access important safety tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.  Understand the National Hurricane Center warning and alerts
  • Being an example: Once you have taken action and pledged (or if you already have), share your story with your family and friends. Create a YouTube video, post your story on Facebook, comment on a blog, or send a tweet. Or you can even post the Be a Force of Nature widget on your social media profiles.

TSA Guest Blogger Michael Widomski, FEMA Public Affairs

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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

The TSA needs to focus on repairing their disgraced reputation before issuing any weather related alerts. As one who lives in a hurricane prone region, I can assure the TSA that they are the last source of information I would turn to in the event of a pending storm.

Chris Boyce said...

Curtis,

The only thing you and FEMA have in common is that they have the misfortune of being in the same federal department as the TSA.

Don't worry -- Nobody will EVER confuse the TSA with FEMA.

The most significant difference between your two agencies is that FEMA adds value to the quality of life.

Chris Boyce said...

Curtis,

I forgot to ask if the Border Patrol will continue to harass people at internal suspicionless checkpoints while they are trying to evacuate a hurricane?

http://tinyurl.com/6wp8834

Lest anyone thinks the TSA has anything to do with this entire post, Let me remind you that the two federal agencies that serve the public during hurricanes and other severe weather events are: FEMA and NOAA.

Sandra said...

I just don't quite know what to say....it's simply mind boggling that the TSA is sticking its nose in hurricane preparedness.

Then again, I guess you're getting ready to grope people trying to evacuate any impacted area.

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Blogger Bob said...

This post was written by a guest blogger. He works with FEMA Public Affairs. FEMA is one of our sister agencies under the DHS umbrella.

They approached us and other government entities asking for help with spreading their message of hurricane preparedness.

Our new regional Twitter accounts are going to have many purposes.

If we can help spread FEMA's message during a time of emergency, we're going to do it.

If an airport is shut down due to inclement weather, we're going to let you know.

Blogger Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

Blogger Bob said...


If an airport is shut down due to inclement weather, we're going to let you know.

Blogger Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

May 25, 2012 10:51 PM
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Reporting airport status doesn't seem to be part of TSA's mission as laid out in federal legislation.

Perhaps if TSA did only those things they are suppose to be doing TSA wouldn't need the bloated budget that taxpayers are being asked to fund.

TSA doesn't do passenger screening all that well so trying to expand the TSA role seems a little idiotic.

Anonymous said...

Leave the airport closing information to the one government agency tasked with doing so - the FAA.


Flight Delay Information - Air Traffic Control System Command Center
http://www.fly..faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp

DREMT-P said...

Is this a joke Curtis?

TSA has nothing to do with disaster preparedness, if anything TSA is a hinderance.

This was proven in 2008 when TSA employees showed up a FEMA supply/triage area in houston and tried to act like they were in charge. They were summarily got tossed out by the FEMA & USAR team commanders after they managed to tick off members on both teams.


Then while were at it, Appearently your employees still havent gotten the message nor training. As 2 years later still having supervisors down to one stripers saying a federal disaster team ID is not a valid ID. This is despite the fact that it requires a security clearance (well above what a supervisor gets), and a background check (for which it seems theres a large number of TSA employees that havent...might explain alot of the criminal activity)

At this point TSA employees that cant do there job, need to be terminated as retraining doesnt work.

Wintermute said...

Blogger Bob said...
"This post was written by a guest blogger. He works with FEMA Public Affairs. FEMA is one of our sister agencies under the DHS umbrella."

Funny. It was posted under your byline without any indication that it was a guest post. Only when questioned is it revealed that it's a guest post by someone at FEMA. Regardless of who wrote it, the fact is that it is outside the TSA's mission to issue hurricane updates. There are other federal agencies tasked with that, and if I wanted to read a FEMA blog, I wouldn't be reading the TSA's blog.

Anonymous said...

Will you let us know if you find a pedophile priest working in PHL?

Anonymous said...

"If an airport is shut down due to inclement weather, we're going to let you know. "

We'll see, Bob. The intent of Congress seems to have captured TSA leadership's attention. This will likely not be included in your mission.

GSOLTSO said...

Wintermute sez - "Funny. It was posted under your byline without any indication that it was a guest post."

The initial post was signed at the bottom as follows -

"TSA Guest Blogger Michael Widomski, FEMA Public Affairs"

FEMA asked for assistance in spreading the word during times of emergency, I would think that from an emergency preparedness viewpoint, the more sources warning people of possible danger and the official warning process would be a good thing.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

"I would think that from an emergency preparedness viewpoint, the more sources warning people of possible danger and the official warning process would be a good thing."

When do you plan to warn people about the pedophile priest working for you in PHL?

AJ the Prepper said...

After reading all the comments directed at the TSA (and rightfully so), I must give them credit for allowing a FEMA agent to contribute to the disaster preparedness message to our countrymen. We as a society need to understand that we all have a personally responsibility to our own personal and family safety in the case of a man-made or natural disaster. I do agree that the government plays a role in disaster response, the Federal Government will not be there all the time like the knight in shining armor or the big red flowing cape.

Anonymous said...

National Hurricane Awareness Week was started to spread awareness of the dangers and hazards of hurricanes. This is a national effort to inform the public about the hurricane hazards and provide knowledge which can be used to prepare and take action.

Dredge

Anonymous said...

The hurricanes effect on the shoreline does usually have a need for the big dogs to bring in the dredges. Those hurricanes completely destroy the coast.