Emergency Management

CERT Takes Center Stage at Urban Shield for First Time

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:00

The Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) from the Bay Area actively participated in the training exercise Urban Shield for the first time.  CERT was always present for support but this year was different – they trained front and center under the Green Command moniker.

The exercising personnel were separated into two groups: the victims/patients and the rescuers. Whatever team individual CERT members were assigned to, they all were put to the test and gained important knowledge, skills and understanding of what it takes to perform under pressure when lives are at stake.  CERT can always use more volunteers, and as you’ll see in the video you do have what it takes to become a CERT member; it’s up to you to decide whether you can or want to join.

According to their website, the CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs.  Since 1993 when this training was made available nationally by FEMA, communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico have conducted CERT training. FEMA supports CERT by conducting or sponsoring Train-the-Trainer and Program Manager courses for members of the fire, medical and emergency management community.  There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide, with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program.

Urban Shield says it’s grown into a comprehensive, full-scale regional preparedness exercise assessing the overall Bay Area UASI Region’s response capabilities related to multi-discipline planning, policies, procedures, organization, equipment and training. Urban Shield continues to test regional integrated systems for prevention, protection, response and recovery in our high-threat, high-density urban area. The exercise evaluates our existing level of preparedness and capabilities, identifying not only what we do well, but areas in need of improvement. The previous years’ After Action Reports are referenced and used to assist in prioritizing upcoming expenditures possible for the region so we may become more prepared for any type of critical event or incident in our area.  The overarching goals of Urban Shield include striving for the capability to present a multi-layered training exercise to enhance the skills and abilities of regional first responders, as well as those responsible for coordinating and managing large scale events. Urban Shield is implemented to identify and stretch regional resources to their limits, while expanding regional collaboration and building positive relationships. In addition, this exercise provides increased local business and critical infrastructure collaboration. Urban Shield challenges the skills, knowledge and abilities of all who participate. It not only improves regional disaster response capabilities, but provides a platform for national and international first responders, as well as the private sector, to work efficiently and effectively together when critical incidents occur.

Map of Urban Shield Sites Links

California Volunteers & CERT

Community Emergency Response Team

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Colorado Daily Status Report: September 19, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:00
Colorado Daily Status Report September 19, 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 19, 2017.
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Finalize Preparations for Hurricane Maria, Follow Directions of Local Officials

FEMA - News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:53

WASHINGTON – As Hurricane Maria makes landfall today and tomorrow in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, residents should continue to heed the instructions of territorial, commonwealth, and local officials.

Residents should be ready to take shelter, finish charging cell phones, and have emergency supplies readily available.

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FEMA Can Help Pay For Certain Disaster-Related Necessities

FEMA - News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:22

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida survivors of Hurricane Irma and its aftermath are probably aware that FEMA provides financial and direct assistance for disaster-caused housing and personal property needs not covered by insurance or provided by any other source. But they need to know that FEMA assistance could also include reimbursements for generators and chainsaws to help with safety and clean-up.

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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Four Counties

FEMA - News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:01

AUSTIN, Texas – Four State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017: one in Newton County in the city of Orange; one in Harris County in the city of Houston; one in Matagorda County in Bay City; and one in Waller County in the city of Brookshire.

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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주 및 연방 재난구호 등록 마감일 2주 남아

FEMA - News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 06:55

미시간 미들랜드6월22일부터 27일까지 있었던 심한 폭풍 및 홍수로 피해를 입은 Bay, Gladwin, Isabella, Midland 카운티 집소유주들과 임차인들이 주정부/연방정부의 개별 구호를 받기 위한 등록 마감일이 2주 남았습니다.

재난 지원에는 보험으로 보상 받을 수 없는 필수적 주택 수리, 개인재산 손실, 기타 심각한 재난관련 필요 등이 포함됩니다.

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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

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

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 emergency disaster declaration issued for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Assistance for the Commonwealth and affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Puerto Rico

FEMA - News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 22:13

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 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 Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to supplement Commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Maria beginning on September 17, 2017 and continuing.

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Volunteers Play Integral Role in Disaster Relief and Recovery Efforts

FEMA - News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 19:36

WASHINGTON – Volunteers representing dozens of local, state, and national organizations are working alongside federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local responders to address the immediate needs of survivors affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

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More Than $1 Billion in Federal Funds Approved for Texas Survivors

FEMA - News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 19:04

AUSTIN, Texas – Three weeks after the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey, $1.09 billion in federal funds have been provided directly to Texans to aid in their personal recovery.

The funds include grants to households from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), claims payments from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Two Additional Georgia Counties Designated for Individual Assistance

FEMA - News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 18:01

ATLANTA – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Liberty and McIntosh counties may now register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. Camden, Chatham and Glynn counties

were previously designated for Individual Assistance, bringing the total to five counties.

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Swedish Group Comes To California To Observe And Learn

State - California - CALOES - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 17:30

When members from various Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) from across Northern California gathered for a training exercise at the Alameda County Fairgrounds recently, a small group of observers there to watch the drills stood out.  Most of the group of nine were wearing shirts with the word, ‘Sweden’ across the front.

“We’re excited to be here and learn a lot about the Urban Shield exercise,” said the group’s organizer, Tove Frykmer.

Frykmer, a PhD student at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, spent six months as a visiting scholar at the University of California in Berkley.  It was during those six months stateside she first heard about Urban Shield, a training exercise involving local, national, and international first responder agencies.  She went back to her home country and immediately began plans to bring a group back to the states in time to observe as many Urban Shield exercises as possible.

“I collected a group of nine Swedes,” Frykmer said.  “It’s very diverse.  We have two fire and rescue service folks.  We have two policemen.  We have one from the Swedish Armed Forces.  We have one person from the Swedish FEMA and two representing the cities and counties in Sweden. ”

Watching And Learning

On this day, the Swedish delegation spent the afternoon watching CERT team members practice search and rescue drills.  They also spent the day talking with the dozens of law enforcement and first responders on hand.

“In the recent disasters we’ve had, we’ve seen that volunteers are the first ones to the scene in many cases and they’re the ones that are doing those roles that professional responders otherwise would be,” said Nathan Rainey with the Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services.

“We hope to learn how you develop an organized incident command system,” Frykmer explained.  “We’re also interested in learning if you have the same problems and issues in crisis management that we have in Sweden.  We hope to learn how you handle things and also to create this network to meet people from different organizations here and maybe bring some contacts back to Sweden.”

California is known for having one of the best mutual aid systems in the world, so it’s not uncommon for other countries to use the emergency programs here as a model.

“One thing that I’ve noticed is that you have a very organized system in California with the standardized emergency management system and the mutual aid agreement,” said Frykmer.    “In Sweden we work more on the next door municipality.  You have some agreements but in general it’s not as organized.  That’s a big difference between us and you here in California. ”

 

 

Fact Sheet: Did You Receive HUD Rental Assistance Before Hurricane Harvey? You May Be Eligible for FEMA Help

FEMA - News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 16:21

If you were directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey and live in one of the 39 counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance and were receiving rental assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) prior to the hurricane, you should register with FEMA.

You can apply for FEMA help if you were displaced from your HUD-assisted housing because of Hurricane Harvey. This includes those who were:

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It’s Okay to Clean Up Homes and Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Irma

FEMA - News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:45

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas and St. John are reminded that it isn’t necessary to wait for a housing inspector before cleaning up, say officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Whether that inspection is with FEMA, an insurance company, or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), emergency management officials report that it’s always a good practice, prior to a visit from an inspector, to take the necessary steps to make your home safe and sanitary.

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Fact Sheet: Other Needs Assistance

FEMA - News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:31

Austin, Texas – Other Needs Assistance grants, funded on a cost-share basis by FEMA and the State of Texas to assist Hurricane Harvey survivors, can be used to repair or replace damaged personal property or to pay for disaster‐related necessary expenses and other serious needs.

These are necessities that help survivors prevent or overcome disaster‐related hardship, injury or adverse conditions.

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Federal Aid Programs for the Territory of U.S. Virgin Islands Emergency Declaration

FEMA - News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:51

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 emergency disaster declaration issued for all islands in the territory of U.S. Virgin Islands.

Assistance for the Territory and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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FEMA Encourages Residents & Visitors in Hurricanes’ Paths to Prepare Now

FEMA - News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:46

WASHINGTON - As Hurricane Maria advances toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Jose approaches the northeastern United States, residents and visitors in potentially affected areas should review their preparations. Always remember, listen to the instructions of state, tribal, territorial, commonwealth, and local officials.  

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RIEMA urges Rhode Islanders to prepare for the effects of Hurricane Jose

State - RI Emergency Management - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:45
CRANSTON, RI- The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) advises Rhode Islanders to prepare for the impacts of Hurricane Jose. Rhode Island coastal communities are currently under a Tropical Storm Warning. Jose slowly continues to track closer to New England with the effects of the...

President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for the U.S. Virgin Islands

FEMA - News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:41

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 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 territory of U.S. Virgin Islands to supplement territory and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Maria beginning on September 16, 2017 and continuing.

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Apply for Operation Blue Roof at Two New Locations

FEMA - News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:34

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eligible homeowners who sustained roof damage from Hurricane Irma now have two additional locations where they can apply for Operation Blue Roof and complete the Right of Entry (ROE) form that allows government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install a temporary covering.

New ROE collection centers have opened at:

Miami-Dade County:

Lowe's Home Improvement
1850 NE 8th St., Homestead, FL

Hillsborough County:

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