Emergency Management

Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Refugio, Harris Counties

FEMA - News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 08:12

AUSTIN, Texas – Two State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017: one in Refugio County in the city of Refugio and another in Harris County in the city of Klein.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

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FEMA Continues Hurricane Maria Response and Relief Operations

FEMA - News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:09

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) top priority is to provide life-saving resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while aggressively working to restore power and operability of ports to bring additional commodities and personnel into disaster-affected areas. Several airports have successfully been opened on the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to bring in commodities, personnel, and life-saving and life-safety resources.

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Historic Disaster Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas

FEMA - News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:39

AUSTIN, Texas – With nearly 4.5 feet of rain and 130 mph winds, Hurricane Harvey propelled a disaster response that was the largest in Texas state history.

Neighbors, strangers, nonprofit organizations and governments at all levels joined together to mount an extraordinary effort to save lives and meet the needs of thousands of people who suffered from the storm and subsequent flooding. It was Texans helping Texans, aided by people who came to Texas from all parts of the nation.

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How to Help After Hurricane Maria

FEMA - News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:36

WASHINGTON – As the nation performs immediate life-saving and life-sustaining activities for those survivors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) collaborates with its private sector partners to promote efficient and effective management of donations and volunteers.

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10 Artículos Un Kit de Emergencia Debe Tener

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:09

Septiembre es el Mes Nacional de Preparación y un buen momento para evaluar lo preparado que estás para la próxima emergencia. ¿No sabes por dónde empezar? Comience con un kit de emergencia. Aquí están algunas recomendaciones de artículos para su kit:

  • Agua
  • Alimentos enlatados
  • Radio portátil de pilas
  • Linterna
  • Pilas
  • Botiquín de primeros auxilios
  • Documentos importantes
  • Dinero en efectivo
  • Medicamentos recetados
  • Abrelatas

Ademas, no se olvide de artículos para las mascotas, bebes y familiares con necesidades especiales. Hay muchas más cosas que puedes incluir en su kit. Para más recomendaciones, visite www.listo.gov/es/kit.

 

Para más información y recursos, visite:

Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia del Gobernardor de California (Cal OES) 

Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA)

 

Transitional Sheltering Assistance Extended 14 Days

FEMA - News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:52

AUSTIN, Texas – At the request of the State of Texas, FEMA has extended its Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program for Hurricane Harvey survivors by 14 days. The new checkout date for eligible applicants is Oct. 10.

TSA pays for eligible disaster survivors to stay in a hotel or motel for a short time if they live in counties designated for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program and if they are unable to return to their homes due to damage from Hurricane Harvey.

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Cal OES Director Ghilarducci On Mexico Earthquake: “Clearly This Is A Catastrophic Event”

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:26

Mark Ghilarducci knows all too well the challenges facing the search and rescue efforts in Mexico following a 7.1 earthquake.  As the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Ghilarducci oversees statewide public safety and emergency management and has responded to numerous earthquakes and disasters around the world.  He has served in both command and technical advisory positions at many high profile events, including the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, the 1995 Kobe, Japan earthquake and the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

“Clearly this is a catastrophic event,” Ghilarducci said, when describing the Mexico earthquake.  “The scale and the size of the impact of this event makes it very challenging for the rescuers.”

Ghilarducci says one of the biggest concerns facing search and rescue workers will be the threat of aftershocks.  “These situations are very challenging for rescuers because you’ve got all this concrete debris.  The way that the buildings collapse creates the potential, with aftershocks, for a secondary collapse.  It’s going to be very important for these rescue folks to first of all try to pinpoint where victims may be located and build a strategy by which they’re going to go in and shore up the building or the area that they’re working so that if there is an aftershock or secondary collapse, it doesn’t injure rescuers.  In essence, deconstruct that building to get in to where those victims are located.”

“Mexico City sits in a bowl,” Ghilarducci continued.   “It’s just the way the geography is.  Those aftershocks can be much stronger and they can have a greater effect on not only just the buildings that are already collapsed, where they’re doing rescue operations, but may result in new collapses in the area.   There’s a lot of people out rescuing.  There’s citizen volunteers.  There’s a lot of resources there.  They need to be very careful about the potential of other collapses that are going on in the area which would result in more injuries.”

Ghilarducci says it’s not uncommon to see people rescued alive even after being trapped for several days.  “We have seen rescues in previous cases, up to three weeks, live rescues that have been made.  We’ve seen it in earthquakes like in Haiti and in other parts of the country.  Even here in California we’ve had earthquakes where we’ve actually been able to rescue people up to a week after they’ve been trapped.   This is really important.  You have to understand that when buildings collapse they create what’s called a void space.  These are livable spaces or survivable spaces and you need to do due diligence and you need to be able to get and do as much search operations, using search dogs, using other kinds of technologies to be able to try and clear buildings.  The window can be, depending on the number of people and the type of structure, can be several weeks before we can say that search and rescue operations would be concluded.”

LINKS

Urban Search And Rescue Task Force

USGS Earthquake Page

Mark Ghilarducci

 

Questions about Your Determination Letter

FEMA - News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:03

FEMA applicants who have been notified they were ineligible for assistance can have FEMA revisit their cases.

Applicants must read their letters carefully. It should explain any problems that could be corrected. You may need to provide additional information or documents. If a mistake has been made, they should let FEMA know right away by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.

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Two State-FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open in Georgia

FEMA - News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:09

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Two Georgia Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are open to assist Hurricane Irma survivors in Georgia coastal areas. The centers are open daily and staffed by representatives of the State of Georgia, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Hours of operation at both centers are:

Mon-Fri:   8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday:  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday:     1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Chatham County

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Colorado Daily Status Report: September 22, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:00

Colorado Daily Status Report September 22, 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

Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report for September 22, 2017.
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Group Flood Insurance Policies and West Virginia Disaster Recovery

FEMA - News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:49

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — You may receive Group Flood Insurance coverage if you claimed disaster assistance for a home or personal belongings not covered by flood insurance after the July 28-29, 2017 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides.

Group Flood Insurance is available if you:

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Fact Sheet: Resources to Help You Recover from Hurricane Harvey

FEMA - News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:50
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Fact Sheet: Don’t Wait. Clean Up Debris as Soon as Possible

FEMA - News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:26

If your home was flooded after Hurricane Harvey, you should clean up debris as soon as possible. Do not wait for a flood insurance adjuster or FEMA home inspector to come to your home.

More than 87,000 flood insurance claims have been filed with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). More than 3,000 insurance adjusters are conducting inspections of those homes. This process takes time. The NFIP advises policyholders to proceed with debris removal once it is safe to re-enter the structure.

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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Polk, Brazoria and Harris Counties

FEMA - News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:22

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Friday, Sept. 22, 2017: one in Polk County in the city of Livingston, one in Brazoria County in the city of Oyster Creek and another in Harris County in the city of Houston.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

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FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Lee County for Florida Survivors

FEMA - News - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Friday, Sept. 22 in Lee County to help Florida storm survivors.  The DRC will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The DRC is at the following address:

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Financial, Legal, and Volunteer Resources for Hurricane Irma Survivors in Florida

FEMA - News - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:59

FEMA

Get the FEMA Mobile App and begin registration. Online: Disaster Assistance.gov Registration .

FEMA helpline: 800-621-3362. TTY, 800-462-7585. 711/ Video Relay Service (VRS), 800-621-3362.

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Apply for Operation Blue Roof at New Locations Across Florida

FEMA - News - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:52

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.

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21 Additional Counties Eligible for Public Assistance Funding in Florida

FEMA - News - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:59

ORLANDO, Fla. – Twenty-one Florida counties are now eligible to apply for additional funding under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas that sustained damage from Hurricane Irma.

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FEMA and its Partners Provide Reunification Guidance for Hurricane Maria Survivors and their Loved Ones

FEMA - News - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:26

WASHINGTON – As the United States responds to Hurricane Maria’s damage to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is connecting community partners with disaster survivors and their loved ones, to reunite families separated as a result of the storm.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: September 21, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:00
Colorado Daily Status Report September 21, 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

Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report for September 21, 2017.
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