Emergency Management

New Online Tool Allows Residents to Track Fire Debris Removal

FEMA - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:41

SACRAMENTO Residents who lost their homes in the October wildfires will have a new tool to track the progress of debris removal in their communities.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), with the support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has launched a website designed to give a quick view of the status of debris removal by parcel in Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties.

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Two Month Recovery Update

FEMA - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:39

 

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Show Long-Term Housing Plan Progress to Maintain Direct Housing Assistance

FEMA - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:10

If you are a Hurricane Irma survivor who has been placed in a FEMA-provided housing unit, you will need to show progress toward your long-term housing plan in order to maintain eligibility.

To continue receiving assistance, you are required to search for long-term housing options.

You can show long-term housing plan progress if you:

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Contact Local Officials Before Starting Work on Your Property

FEMA - News - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:03

ORLANDO, Fla. – If you have substantial damage from Hurricane Irma and are rebuilding or making repairs, you should contact your community’s floodplain management or building officials. Additionally, it is important to get the proper permits for things like plumbing, electrical system, foundation and structural repairs.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: December 11, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:30
Colorado Daily Status Report December 11, 2017 Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.

Alerts/WarningsNational Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin

State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation LevelNormal Operations

Current Disasters/Large IncidentsNone Reported

Major Road Impacts/ClosuresNone Reported

View the full Colorado Daily Status Report for December 11, 2017
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More Out-of-State Engines Pulling into California to Battle Fires

State - California - CALOES - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:55

Nearly a week into the devastating wildfires that has burned more than 175,000 acres across five counties, out-of-state resources continue to pour into California. More than 150 engines from neighboring western states have responded to the state’s request for additional assistance to fight six significant wildfires in Southern California.

Washington joined a growing list of states to send resources, deploying a total of 10 engines. Previously, Oregon deployed 15 strike teams (75 engines), Montana provided one strike team and two task forces (16 engines), Idaho sent two task forces (10 engines), New Mexico deployed one task force (5 engines) and Utah committed 31 engines. Also, Nevada sent five engines through an interstate compact.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), which requested 50 engine strike teams (250 engines) from eight states via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), is coordinating and collaborating with other states for additional resources.

Firefighters continue to battle blazes throughout the southern region of the state, including the Thomas (Ventura County/Santa Barbara County), Creek (Los Angeles County), Rye (Los Angeles County), Skirball (Los Angeles County), Lilac 5 (San Diego County) and Liberty (Riverside County) fires.

Early in the firefight response, more than 1,200 soldiers and airmen from the California Army National Guard (CalGuard) were staged in their armories across Southern California to forward deploy if needed in support of the wildfires. Additionally, the CalGuard has deployed two Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems (MAFFS) C-130J models activated to perform aerial firefighting operations in Southern California, four Type I helicopters with water dropping buckets and a remotely piloted aircraft and RC-26 to support infrared imagery and perimeter mapping.

The State Operations Center is activated to coordinate resources in support of communities being affected by the fires. State, local and federal agencies are working together around the clock to support emergency management efforts and provide all the necessary resources

Cal OES has coordinated mutual aid resources of 2,700 firefighters, 611 engines and a total of 117 strike teams and task forces (24 Cal OES strike teams/task forces, 93 local government strike teams/task forces).

 

Click here for up-to-date information regarding the Southern California wildfires. Find all of the latest updates on the October 2017 Northern California wildfires here.   

More Than $1 Billion in Assistance Approved for Puerto Rico

FEMA - News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 14:14

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Federal assistance to survivors, municipality governments and Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria now tops $1 billion less than three months after Maria’s landfall.

More than a million Puerto Rican residents registered for FEMA assistance. FEMA has provided funds to more than 366,000 families in Puerto Rico including:

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U.S. Virgin Islanders Have Until January 8 to Register for Disaster Assistance

FEMA - News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:50

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – U.S. Virgin Islanders affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria now have until January 8, 2018 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The registration deadline has been extended for individuals and families affected by the hurricanes to apply for grants for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. FEMA encourages every one affected by the hurricanes to register for assistance.

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Air Curtain Incineration of Vegetative Debris to Begin in the U.S. Virgin Islands

FEMA - News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 08:42

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands — Hurricanes Irma and Maria left more than 850,000 cubic yards of debris across the U.S. Virgin Islands, about 60 percent of it vegetative such as downed trees and tree limbs, palm fronds, brush and grass.

 

As the territory cleans up from the hurricanes, the piles of debris pose a risk to human health and safety. Not only does dried-out debris become a fire hazard, the piles can attract insects, rats and other rodents.

 

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Additional Resources Assisting California With Wildfires

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:40

As wildfires continue to ravage numerous counties in Southern California, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is expanding its coordination with neighboring states for additional mutual aid resources.

Cal OES requested 50 engine strike teams (250 engines) from eight states via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). A total of 142 engines coordinated through EMAC and an interstate compact are assisting with the Southern California wildfires.

Oregon deployed 15 strike teams (75 engines), Montana provided one strike team and two task forces (16 engines), Idaho sent two task forces (10 engines), New Mexico deployed one task force (5 engines) and Utah committed 31 engines. Also, Nevada sent five engines through an interstate compact.

Cal OES is coordinating and collaborating with other states for additional resources.

Neighboring states are assisting in support of at least six significant wildfires, including the Thomas (Ventura County/Santa Barbara County), Creek (Los Angeles County), Rye (Los Angeles County), Skirball (Los Angeles County), Lilac 5 (San Diego County) and Liberty (Riverside County). Fierce Santa Ana winds, combined with dry brush and dead trees, fueled multiple fires across five counties.

As of Dec. 8, more than 141,000 acres had burned and 212,000 people had been evacuated over a four-day span. In addition, several major freeways were shut down, schools closed, and historical landmarks threatened.

The State Operations Center is activated to coordinate resources in support of communities being affected by the fires. State, local and federal agencies are working together around the clock to support emergency management efforts and provide all the necessary resources

Cal OES has coordinated mutual aid resources of 2,500 firefighters, 600 engines and a total of 100 strike teams and task forces (19 Cal OES strike teams/task forces, 81 local government strike teams/task forces).

More than 1,200 soldiers and airmen from the California Army National Guard (CalGuard) are staged in their armories across Southern California to forward deploy if needed in support of the wildfires. Additionally, the CalGuard has deployed two Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems (MAFFS) C-130J models activated to perform aerial firefighting operations in Southern California, four Type I helicopters with water dropping buckets and a remotely piloted aircraft and RC-26 to support infrared imagery and perimeter mapping.

Nearly 4,000 evacuees are being housed in shelters across four different counties. Five shelters are currently opened in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties combined, while four each are opened in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

Dangerous fire conditions remain in the forecast for the next few days. Red Flag Warnings have been extended for much of the Los Angeles and Ventura counties and San Diego County through Sunday, per the National Weather Service, with gusty Santa Ana winds also expected through the weekend.

A complete list of mutual aid resources can be found here.

 

Click here for up-to-date information regarding the Southern California wildfires. Find all of the latest updates on the October 2017 Northern California wildfires here.   

Additional Southern California wildfire resources:
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Ventura County
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San Diego County
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Riverside County
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Presidential Declaration
California Secures Presidential Declaration Providing Direct Federal Assistance for Southern California Wildfires Dec. 8

State of Emergency Proclamations
Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County, Requests Presidential Emergency Declaration for Southern California Fires Dec. 8
Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in San Diego County Due to Lilac Fire Dec. 7
Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Ventura County Due to Thomas Fire Dec. 5
Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Los Angeles County Due to Creek and Rye Fires Dec. 5

Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG)
Thomas Fire FMAG Now Includes Santa Barbara County Dec. 7
Cal OES Director Secures FMAG to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Lilac Fire in San Diego County Dec. 7
Cal OES Director Secures FMAG to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Skirball Fire in LA County Dec. 6
Cal OES Director Secures Federal Grant to Assist Response Agencies Battling Thomas Fire in Ventura County Dec. 5
Cal OES Director Secures Federal Grant to Assist Response Agencies Battling Creek Fire in LA County Dec. 5
Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling the Rye Fire in LA County Dec. 5

 

Marines Corps Aircraft to Support Fighting California Fires

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:23

By | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | December 8, 2017

Marines and Aircraft from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) are coordinating with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for aerial firefighting support in northern San Diego County.

Two UH-1Y Venoms from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 267, MCAS Camp Pendleton, are flying in direct support of the Lilac Fire, while two CH-53E Super Stallions from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 462, MCAS Miramar, are on standby.

U.S. Marines with Helicopter Support Team, Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27 (CLR-27) prepare a M-777 Howitzer for an external lift with a Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion at Landing Zone Bull, Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Calif., Oct. 1, 2011. CLR-27 was in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-12, hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Richard A. Tetreau/Released) UH-1Y UH-1Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The UH-1Y can transport a bucket with a maximum capacity of 320 gallons, and the CH-53E can carry a 900-gallon bucket to assist in the firefighting efforts.  The level of aerial firefighting support depends on forecasted high-wind weather conditions throughout the weekend.

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Last Day to Visit Disaster Recovery Center at Cotton Valley Wednesday, December 13

FEMA - News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:48

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Due to a decline in activity at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Fire Station in Cotton Valley in St. Croix, the last day to visit this location will be on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of California

FEMA - News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:12

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's disaster declaration issued for the state of California.

Assistance for the State, Tribal and affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for California

FEMA - News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:10

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of California to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from wildfires beginning on December 4, 2017, and continuing.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: December 8, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:04

Colorado Daily Status Report December 8, 2017 Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.

Alerts/WarningsNational Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin

State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation LevelNormal Operations

Current Disasters/Large IncidentsNone Reported

Major Road Impacts/ClosuresNone Reported

View the full Colorado Daily Status Report for December 8, 2017
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Colorado Daily Status Report: December 7, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:03

Colorado Daily Status Report December 7, 2017 Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.

Alerts/WarningsNational Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin

State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation LevelNormal Operations

Current Disasters/Large IncidentsNone Reported

Major Road Impacts/ClosuresNone Reported

View the full Colorado Daily Status Report for December 7, 2017
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Colorado Daily Status Report: December 6, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:00

Colorado Daily Status Report December 6, 2017 Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.

Alerts/WarningsNational Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin

State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation LevelNormal Operations

Current Disasters/Large IncidentsNone Reported

Major Road Impacts/ClosuresNone Reported

View the full Colorado Daily Status Report for December 6, 2017
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FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted For Lilac Fire

FEMA - News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:31

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of California to combat the Lilac Fire burning in San Diego County.

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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County, Requests Presidential Emergency Declaration for Southern California Fires

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:20

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Santa Barbara County due to the effects of the Thomas Fire, which has threatened homes and other structures and caused the evacuation of residents.

The Governor also requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration for direct federal assistance to supplement the state and local emergency response to the fires burning in Southern California, following the emergency proclamations issued earlier this week for San DiegoLos Angeles and Ventura counties.

The full text of the proclamation for Santa Barbara County is below:

Disaster Recovery Center to Close in Casselberry

FEMA - News - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:24

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is scheduled to close 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9, in Casselberry.

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