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Two More Georgia Counties Approved for Additional Federal Infrastructure Disaster Aid

FEMA - News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 14:14

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — The state of Georgia, local governments and certain private nonprofits in DeKalb and Haralson counties are now eligible to receive federal assistance to help cover expenses for permanent work, under the Public Assistance program, to help with costs to repair or replace infrastructure damaged as a result of Hurricane Irma, according to federal officials.

 

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Help Remains When DRCs Close

FEMA - News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 14:12

WARNER-ROBINS, Ga. – The Disaster Recovery Centers in Camden (Kingsland) and Glynn (St Simons) counties will close permanently Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.  But, as a survivor of Hurricane Irma, you can still get the help you need with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at a Disaster Recovery Center are also available by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline. The Helpline operates from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Call 800-621-3362 (Voice 711 or Video Relay Service) or 800-462-7585 (TTY users) to: 

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Cal/OSHA Issues Notice for Worker Safety During Fire Cleanup

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 13:34

Cal/OSHA has posted materials that provide guidance for employers and workers on working safely during fire cleanup.

Hazards remain after fires have been extinguished and cleanup begins. Employers performing cleanup and other work in areas damaged or destroyed by fire are required to identify and evaluate these hazards, correct any unsafe or unhealthy conditions and provide training to employees.

Potential hazards in fire cleanup areas include but are not limited to the following:

  • Fire from heat sources such as smoldering wood or debris coming into contact with flammable material. Fire extinguishers should be provided at every cleanup job.
  • Electricity from reenergized power lines and electrical equipment after an outage. Precautions must be taken when generators are used at worksites and if water has been near electrical circuits or equipment.
  • Flammable gases from pipes and tanks. Employers must make sure pipes and tanks are properly shut off if they are potentially damaged or leaking.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning from gasoline or diesel-powered pumps, generators and pressure washers. This equipment may be used for fire cleanup but is prohibited indoors in most situations.
  • Unstable structures from fire damage. Buildings or structures can collapse without warning—assume they are unstable until examined and certified safe for work by a qualified person.
  • Demolition or dismantling damaged structures exposes workers to unexpected collapse, falling objects and hazardous materials. Before commencing work, employers must review and address all demolition safety requirements.
  • Sharp or flying objects from handling, cutting or breaking up debris. Employers must provide and ensure employees wear appropriate eye, hand and foot protection.
  • Confined space hazards include toxic exposure, asphyxiation, electrocution and unguarded moving machinery. Employers must evaluate worksites to determine if there are confined spaces and review all safety requirements for working in confined spaces.
  • Ash, soot and dust can cause irritation and damage to workers’ lungs if inhaled. When exposure would probably cause injury or illness, employers must provide NIOSH-certified respirators designated as N-95 or greater.
  • Asbestos in damaged structures poses serious health hazards to employees. Safety regulations are available onCal/OSHA’s Asbestos Information page.
  • Stored chemicals in potentially damaged or dislodged tanks, drums, pipes and equipment pose hazards to workers. Only workers with the required skills, training and personal protective and emergency equipment are allowed to clean up hazardous spills.
  • Heat illness is a hazard for outdoor workers. Employers must provide potable drinking water free of charge, rest breaks and access to shade to prevent heat illness. More detail is available on Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention page.

Cal/OSHA helps protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California.Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch provides free and voluntary assistance to employers to improve their health and safety programs. Employers should call (800) 963-9424 for assistance from Cal/OSHA Consultation Services.

Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact DIR’s Call Center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734). The California Workers’ Information line at 866-924-9757 provides recorded information in English and Spanish on a variety of work-related topics. Complaints can also be filed confidentially with Cal/OSHA district offices.

Members of the press may contact Erika Monterroza or Peter Melton at (510) 286-1161, and are encouraged tosubscribe to get email alerts on DIR’s press releases or other departmental updates.

Fourth Disaster Recovery Center Opens in St. Croix for Hurricane Survivors

FEMA - News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:56

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands — A fourth Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened today in St. Croix to provide information and help for survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The new center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The new DRC is located at:

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Second Disaster Recovery Center Opens in St. John for Hurricane Survivors

FEMA - News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:56

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands — A second Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened today in St. John to provide information and help for survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

It is located at:

  • Town & Country Building, 8-1 Estate Emmaus, Coral Bay

The island’s first recovery center opened Thursday at:

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Colorado Daily Status Report: October 27, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:10


Colorado Daily Status Report October 27, 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 Reported
Major Road Impacts/Closures: None Reported
Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report October 27, 2017
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UPDATE: FEMA Statement on Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s Contract with Whitefish

FEMA - News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 08:43

The decision to award a contract to Whitefish Energy was made exclusively by Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). FEMA was not involved in the selection. Questions regarding the awarding of the contract should be directed to PREPA.

Any language in any contract between PREPA and Whitefish that states FEMA approved that contract is inaccurate.

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Tips for choosing indoor air cleaner for effective indoor smoke removal in California

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 18:26

The California Air Resources Board continues to receive inquiries about portable air cleaners from those impacted by recent wildfires. In an effort to ensure that consumers are able to identify safe, effective air cleaners that will reduce their exposure to smoke and smoke residue, CARB wants to make more people aware of its list of certified air cleaners and other resources available on its website.

Air cleaners on CARB’s certified list are confirmed as safe and legal for sale in California. These are the only air cleaners that can be legally sold to Californians, as they meet CARB’s portable air cleaner regulation, which places a limit on the amount of ozone the air cleaners can emit.

CARB recommendations for finding an effective air cleaner are available. Guidance for selecting higher efficiency filters for central heating and air systems is also included.

“Air cleaner models that are not listed on our certified list may emit high levels of ozone, a known air pollutant that is the main component of smog, and cannot be sold legally in California,” said Peggy Jenkins, manager of the Indoor Exposure Assessment Section in CARB’s Research Division. “We caution folks dealing with smoke issues not to be taken in by aggressive marketing approaches from companies trying to sell noncertified air cleaners.”

Tiny airborne particles are the primary health concern for those exposed to fire smoke. These particles can be inhaled and deposit on the surface of the deeper parts of the lung, where it can induce tissue damage and lung inflammation.

CARB indoor air cleaner recommendations:

  • Choose a mechanical air cleaner with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter because it collects even very small particles well and does not emit ozone or other substances that can be harmful. These air cleaners can dramatically reduce indoor particle levels, in some cases by more than 90 percent.
  • Thick charcoal beds or filters in the air cleaner, especially those with certain coatings, can also help remove some gases produced by fires. This may be helpful for those dealing with odors and for sensitive groups such as older individuals with pre-existing health conditions.
  • If your air cleaner of choice includes an ionizer, UV bulb or other technology in addition to a HEPA filter, be sure it is on CARB’s certified air cleaner list. If it’s on the list, you will know that any ozone it emits is within safe limits.
  • Both particle and charcoal filters in air cleaners should be checked frequently and changed as needed. Owners’ manuals usually indicate the normal replacement frequency; more frequent replacement may be needed during fire smoke conditions.

October 2017 California Wildfires Household Hazardous Waste and Debris Removal

FEMA - News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 18:11

Mission: To expedite recovery, state and federal partners will coordinate closely with affected jurisdictions to remove fire debris from single-family residential lots and public facilities.

There are two phases to this operation:

  1. Household Hazardous Waste
  2. Debris and Ash Removal

Phase 1. Household Hazardous Waste Operations by County and Program

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Assistance Available for Vehicles Damaged by Hurricane Irma in Florida

FEMA - News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 16:26

If you have damage to a vehicle as a result of Hurricane Irma, auto insurance and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are the primary resources available to help with your repairs. If you’re unable to receive help through insurance or SBA, you may qualify for assistance from FEMA through the Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program. Here’s how to find out if you qualify for vehicle repair or replacement assistance:   

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to open in Arecibo and Barranquitas

FEMA - News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 16:17

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Two Government of Puerto Rico and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will open on Friday, October 27, one in Arecibo and the other in Barranquitas.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in St. John for Hurricane Survivors

FEMA - News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 14:01

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands — A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened today in St. John to provide information and help for survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Like all DRCs in the Virgin Islands, the new center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until further notice. It is located at:

     ·U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature, St. John Annex, 1D Cruz Bay

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Three Georgia Programs Recognized by FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division

FEMA - News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:11

ATLANTA – The Center for Sustainable Communities, Georgia Power and the Georgia Medical Reserve Corp have received Individual and Community Preparedness Award Honorable Mentions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Center for Sustainable Communities was given Honorable Mention in the Community Preparedness Champions category for its Young Meteorologist Program “Rally for Resilience.”

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Two Mississippi Programs Recognized by FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division

FEMA - News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:09

ATLANTA –The teen-friendly disaster preparedness program MyPI National has been selected as one of the 11 Individual and Community Preparedness Award recipients from around the country, while the community-based coalition Education, Economics Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO) received Honorable Mention from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Recognized by FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division

FEMA - News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:07

ATLANTA – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management has received an Individual and Community Preparedness Award Honorable Mention in the Prepareathon in Action category from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Applicants May Appeal an Initial FEMA Determination Letter

FEMA - News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:33

AUSTIN, Texas – Hurricane Harvey survivors who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance have the right to appeal the agency’s decision in the determination letter.

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Redeployment of the USS WASP and the USS OAK HILL

FEMA - News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:28

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – As part of the broader planning effort to transition from hurricane response to hurricane recovery, FEMA and DoD have assessed the need for continuing the use of certain support assets currently assigned to the territories.  Together, they have determined, in consultation with the Governor of Puerto Rico, that some Defense Department assets are no longer needed.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: October 26, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:17


Colorado Daily Status Report October 26, 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 Reported
Major Road Impacts/Closures: None Reported
 Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report October 26, 2017
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Virgin Island Property Owners Can Help Disaster Survivors

FEMA - News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 08:48

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – If you own a multi-family dwelling that needs repairs and are willing to lease to eligible FEMA hurricane survivors, then you may be interested in the Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program (MLRP).

This FEMA program provides funds to make rental units habitable again, and at the same time helps survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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