Emergency Management

Solar Eclipse 2017: What You Need To Know

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:14

On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will pass over all 50 United States for the first time since 1979. In California, the moon will cover from 60% – 90% of the sun, depending on where you view the eclipse.

In this week’s Quick Look, we show you the best and safest way to view the eclipse, and also let you know when the peak time will take place here in California.

You can view our Solar Eclipse story on our YouTube page here.

You can also find out more information about the eclipse on NASA’s official eclipse page here.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Gladwin County for Michigan Survivors

FEMA - News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:08

MIDLAND, Mich. – A Disaster Recovery Center is now open in Gladwin County to help residents through the assistance process after damages and losses suffered during the severe storms and flooding that occurred from June 22 – 27, 2017.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for businesses, homeowners and renters. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

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Identify Tree Mortality By Colorful Forests

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:21

California’s ongoing battle with bark beetle infestations and tree mortality has taken a colorful turn. Caltrans is marking all dead and dying trees with orange paint to correctly and efficiently identify hazardous trees that could impact the safety of travelers along the state highway.

To prevent dead and dying trees from falling toward the roadway and blocking traffic or causing injury and damage, Caltrans will paint identified trees and then quickly begin the next phase of cutting and removing.

Marked trees along highways may be on federal, state, county or private property, thus written permission must be provided by property owners before Caltrans can proceed. There is no cost to the property owner.

However, if a property owner does not respond to the “Permission to Enter” form, or denies permission, the hazardous trees will not be removed and the owner is responsible for any future damage.

Tree mortality has already stripped the state of more than 100 million dead trees, with that total expected to climb when the next survey numbers are released, likely in November.

The Tree Mortality Task Force, which is comprised of state and federal agencies, local governments, utilities and various stakeholders, coordinates emergency protective actions and monitors ongoing conditions to address the vast tree mortality resulting from unprecedented drought and the resulting bark beetle infestations across large regions of the state.

Governor Edmund G. Brown rescinded the drought state of emergency order, excluding four counties, in April in the wake of one of the wettest winters in state history. Only Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne counties remain in a drought emergency.

Still, tree mortality is a long-term issue. By comparison, more than 830 million trees have died in Colorado during a decade-long bout with tree mortality.

Click here to learn more about Caltrans’ hazardous tree identification process.

 

Additional resources:

Cal OES

Cal OES Recovery Division

Cal FIRE

Tree Mortality Task Force

Caltrans

NFIP Policyholders Have Two Weeks to Submit Proof of Loss Forms

FEMA - News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:32

BATON ROUGE, La. — The National Flood Insurance Program policyholders affected by the August 2016 floods have until Friday, Sept. 1 to submit a Proof of Loss form. More than 29,600 NFIP claims have been filed for the August 2016 floods. To date, there are less than 135 claims left to process.

A Proof of Loss form is a sworn statement made by the policyholder that substantiates the insurance claim. FEMA urges policyholders to submit PoL forms as soon as possible. The PoL deadline was granted four extensions following the disaster.

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More than $90 Million Assisting Missouri Survivors after Spring Floods and Storms

FEMA - News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:09

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Since the flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017, eligible Missouri households have received more than $90 million in assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

As of Aug. 15:

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Colorado Daily Status Report: August 16, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:49


Colorado Daily Status Report August 16, 2017Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.
Alerts/Warnings
National Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin
State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation Level: Normal Operations
Current Disasters/Large Incidents: None
Major Road Impacts/Closures: None Reported 
 Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report August 16, 2017
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Modoc July Complex Dominated by Pyro Plumes and Fire Weather

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 17:29

Lightning activity caused 104 wildfires on the Modoc National Forest beginning July 23, 2017.  Two days later the Modoc July Complex Fire had a name and the attention of firefighters up and down the state of California and across the nation.

Covering over 83,000 acres, the Modoc July Complex Fire proved challenging in many ways for fire crews.  Rough terrain and unusual weather patterns kept the over 2,300 firefighters on high alert trying to suppress and contain the fire.  The one overarching factor was the weather: weather created by the fire itself including something called Pyrocumulous.

If you’d like to learn more about the Modoc July Complex fire:

InciWeb

Want to learn more about the pyrocumulus formation:

Time-lapse of Pyrocumulus Formation

WildfireToday.com

EarthScience.StackExchange.com

 

 

 

 

 

Multi-Agency Effort Supporting Ongoing Recovery and Building Resiliency

FEMA - News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:05

BATON ROUGE, La. — A public-private partnership continues to help Louisiana communities recover from the August 2016 floods and become better prepared for future disasters.

The partnership includes members of the private sector, local and state governments and various federal agencies. Recovery accomplishments include:

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Colorado Daily Status Report: August 15, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:59


Colorado Daily Status Report August 15, 2017Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.
Alerts/Warnings
National Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin
State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation Level: Normal Operations
Current Disasters/Large Incidents: None
Major Road Impacts/Closures: None Reported 
 Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report August 15, 2017
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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Thunderstorm Beginning August 15, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 18:10

News releases shared on behalf of U.S. Small Business Administration.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Colorado businesses and residents affected by the severe thunderstorm, hail, straight-line winds and tornadoes that occurred June 25, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. John Hickenlooper on Aug. 8, 2017.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Baca, Bent, Las Animas and Prowers counties in Colorado; Morton and Stanton counties in Kansas; Union County in New Mexico and Cimarron County in Oklahoma.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Colorado with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” said McMahon. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Colorado District Director Frances A. Padilla. “Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 15, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Padilla continued. The center will be open on the days and times indicated below. No appointment is necessary.

BACA COUNTY Disaster Loan Outreach CenterLocation:  Walsh Fire Department
Address:  400 North Kansas St., Walsh, CO 81090

Time Logistics
  • Opens 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017
  • Dates of Operation:  Mondays - Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Closes 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 3.215 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Oct. 10, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 10, 2018.
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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Western Excelsior Plant Fire

State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 18:03

This news release shared on behalf of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Western Excelsior Plant Fire that occurred May 8, 2017, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. John Hickenlooper on Aug. 8, 2017.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties in Colorado; Apache County in Arizona; San Juan County in New Mexico and San Juan County in Utah.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist Colorado’s small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of this disaster,” said Administrator McMahon.

“Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said SBA’s Colorado District Director Frances A. Padilla.

“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Padilla added.

Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3.215 percentfor small businesses and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

The Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center is offering free, personalized counseling to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses may contact Office Manager Mary Shepherd at (970) 247-7009 or email shepherd_m@fortlewis.edu to schedule an appointment.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return economic injury applications is May 10, 2018.
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Building A Fire Camp Overnight: “People Are amazed At How Fast We Can Mobilize”

State - California - CALOES - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 17:45

Despite being one of the largest counties in California, Modoc County has less than 9,000 residents.  Hotels are few and far between in this rural county, so when over 2,000 fire personnel were assigned to battle the Modoc July Complex Fire, housing and logistics were an immediate challenge.

Almost overnight, the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, along with officials from the US Forest Service, Cal Fire, Cal OES and other cooperators came together to build an incident command post which eventually became home to the thousands of men and women assigned to the fire.

“This (camp) will go up from the time on scene to within 24 hours or less and you’ll have a fully functioning camp,” said Patrick Titus, Operations Section Chief.  “You’ve got to go for life support first,” Titus continued.  “What I mean by that, you’ve got to get the crews fed, you’ve got to get them showered and they’ve got to be able to sleep.  Those three things are key.  All this other stuff comes together over time.”

“People are amazed at how fast we can mobilize,” said Logistics Chief Ross Peckinpah.  “This particular agency put together a camp layout with actual photos of locations of where to set things up,” said Peckinpah.  Despite the advance preparations, setting up an incident command post close enough to the fire was not an easy task.

“On the Modoc (National Forest), there’s not a lot of usable grounds for camping because of the amount of volcanic rock,” Peckinpah explained. “It’s difficult to walk on and, as far as putting down tents or anything, you have to rake it.”

Finding usable grounds for tents isn’t the only hurdle.  The incident command post also includes meeting rooms in the form of trailers and yurts, air and ground logistics, a weather monitoring station and a fully staffed and stocked kitchen capable of feeding the over 2,000 fire personnel three meals a day.

“We provide a large amount of calories for each of the meals.  These firefighters can burn up to 7,000 calories per day, so we require so many ounces of muscle meat for each meal.  We rotate a diet for these folks, high in calories,” said Peckinpah.

You can watch our story on the Modoc July Complex Fire incident command post on our Cal OES YouTube page here.

 

WebEOC Server Maintenance May Cause Service Disruption

State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 17:45

WebEOC Server Maintenance for updates and patches is scheduled.

Date:  Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time Period:  2:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WebEOC systems may be briefly interrupted during this time.


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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Bay County for Michigan Survivors

FEMA - News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:46

MIDLAND, Mich. – A Disaster Recovery Center is now open in Bay County to help residents through the assistance process after damages and losses suffered during the severe storms and flooding that occurred from June 22 – 27, 2017.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

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Denham Springs Elementary Embraces Temporary Campus

FEMA - News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:50

BATON ROUGE, La. — Livingston Parish was one of the hardest hit areas by the historic flood event of August 2016 and Denham Springs Elementary was one of the schools most impacted.
“When we saw the classrooms, we knew everything was lost. The rooms were just destroyed,” said Gail DeLee, Denham Springs Elementary School Principal.  The school is over 40 years old and the flood waters severely damaged the aging buildings and everything inside.

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DHSEM Job Announcement: Director of the Office of Emergency Management

State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:16

DHSEM is seeking a Director of the Office of Emergency Management. Position closes on Sept. 1, 2017.

Link to the job announcement and application process: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/1822614-0/director-of-the-office-of-emergency-management.
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Application Period Opens for More than $250 Million in FEMA Grants

FEMA - News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:49

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the application period for more than $250 million in grants is now open. Eligible applicants including state, local, tribal and territorial governments may apply for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants through 3 p.m. on Nov. 14, 2017, at https://portal.fema.gov.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: August 14, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:06


Colorado Daily Status Report August 14, 2017Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.
Alerts/Warnings
National Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin
State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation Level: Normal Operations
Current Disasters/Large Incidents: None
Major Road Impacts/Closures: None Reported 
 Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report August 14, 2017
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More Federal Resources for Missouri Disaster Survivors

FEMA - News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:16

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is just one of the federal agencies that provide assistance to survivors after a disaster. As of August 13, more than 1,924 Missourians have been approved for disaster assistance in the amount of $12 million. However, other federal agencies may have more resources available. The deadline to register for disaster assistance from FEMA is today, August 14, 2017.

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NEWS RELEASE: Be Bear Aware

State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:00


Contact:Communications SpecialistJennifer Hillmann720-852-6625 jennifer.hillmann@state.co.us
DHSEM.state.co.us | COEmergency.com | Colorado.gov/MARS


Be Bear Aware
Centennial, Colo. – August 14, 2017 — There have been several interactions between bears and people this year.  The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) website has many great resources for those exploring the Colorado outdoors.  Before heading out to enjoy the Colorado outdoors take a minute to learn how to be “bear aware” and enjoy a safe hike or camping trip.  If you are camping or hiking west of Interstate 25 there is a good chance you are in bear country. 
According to the CPW website, “Bears that learn that people have food routinely visit camp sites, picnic areas and resorts in hopes of finding an easy meal.  If you want to avoid problems for yourself and the bears, make sure there’s nothing to attract bears to your camp.”  Below are Bear Aware safety tips from the Colorado Parks and Wildfire to make your next excursion in the Colorado back-country a safe one.Be Bear Aware Camping Tips: Secure Your Trash and Food
  • Never intentionally feed a bear. Baby bears are cute, but the momma bear is always nearby and will not take kindly to you being near her cub.
  • Stash your trash. Use bear-proof trash containers when available. If they are full, double bag trash and lock it in your trunk or RV. Never leave trash outside.
  • Store attractants safely.  Store food, beverages and toiletries in bear-proof food lockers.
Be Bear Aware Camping Tips: If a Bear Enters Your Campsite·         Do not turn and run.  Yell, wave your arms and try to appear larger.·         Make it feel unwelcome.  If the bear continues to approach, throw rocks or sticks toward it and continue yelling.Be Bear Aware Hiking Tips·         Do you see tracks? Tracks, bear scat and shredded logs mean you are in bear country.·         Be alert at all times. Be extra cautious at dawn and dusk when the wind is in your face, visibility is limited or you are walking by a noisy stream. A firm clap or quick shout warns bears that humans are in the area.Be Bear Aware Bear Encounters·         If you surprised a bear on a trail:o    Stand still, stay calm and let the bear identify you and leave.o    Never run or climb a tree.o    If you see cubs their mother is usually close. Leave the area immediately.Want more tips and ideas?  Visit our website at www.READYColorado.com and read the full blog post or follow us all week on our social media accounts for new posts on Bear Aware campaign.###
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