Emergency Management

Mount Shasta Search And Rescue Training

State - California - CALOES - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 16:18

When it comes to search and rescue operations in dangerous winter conditions, training is crucial. In this edition of Inside Look, we go behind the scenes with a Winter Search and Rescue Training Exercise on Mount Shasta organized by our Cal OES Law Enforcement Branch and hosted by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department.

Commonsense Measures and Mitigation tips for Georgia Communities

FEMA - News - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:59

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Previous storms throughout Georgia have caused extensive damage across the state. If you and your family were in the path of these disasters, you know the importance of planning and being prepared. Recovering from an emergency tomorrow often depends on organization and mitigation planning done today. While each person’s needs are unique, every individual can take steps to prepare for situations such as evacuation or sheltering-in-place.

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Home Repair Information Available in Harris, Jefferson and Nueces Counties Feb. 12-17

FEMA - News - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:41

AUSTIN, Texas – As Texans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding, FEMA and home improvement stores in Harris, Jefferson and Nueces counties are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

 

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center now open in Aguada, Patillas and Vega Alta

FEMA - News - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:24

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The government of Puerto Rico and FEMA will open Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) on Friday, Feb. 9 in Aguada, Patillas and Vega Alta.

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New Caney and Conroe Disaster Recovery Centers to Consolidate in Montgomery County

FEMA - News - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:20

AUSTIN, Texas – The State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at the East Montgomery County Courthouse Annex, in New Caney, will consolidate with the Conroe DRC on Monday, Feb. 12, at 9 a.m.

 

The Conroe center, which will serve Montgomery County and surrounding areas including New Caney and Conroe, is located at:

 

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One Week Left to Apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

FEMA - News - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:17

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The deadline to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance is Friday, Feb. 9.

Employees or self-employed individuals who became unemployed as a direct consequence of Hurricane Irma or Maria may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. All 78 municipalities are authorized for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Eligible workers must apply for benefits by Feb. 9 in one of the following ways:

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SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center to Close in Bonsall

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:27

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced today that SBA will close its Bonsall Disaster Loan Outreach Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15.

“SBA opened the center to provide personalized assistance to California businesses and residents who were affected by the wildfires, flooding, mudflows and debris flows directly related to the wildfires that began Dec. 4, 2017. Until the center closes, SBA customer service representatives will continue to be available to meet with businesses and residents to answer their questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program and close their approved disaster loans,” said Garfield.

Businesses and residents can meet with SBA representatives on the days and times as indicated below. No appointment is necessary.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Bonsall Community Center

31505 Old River Road

Bonsall, CA  92003

Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closes 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15

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 3.385 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.75 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 March 16, 2018. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Oct. 15, 2018.

PROPOSED FLOOD MAP REFLECTS CHANGES TO LOCAL FLOOD RISK, INSURANCE RATES

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:12

90-Day Appeal Period for Filing Appeals and Comments Begins February 8

 

Missoula, Mont.—Missoula County’s flood insurance rate map update for the Swan River is nearing completion. The new maps will provide Missoula County with more accurate flood risk information for the Swan River area that can help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.

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Georgia Voluntary Disaster Recovery Committees in Action

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:52

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — During major disaster declarations, Georgia’s Voluntary Disaster Recovery Committees assist their local emergency management agencies and surrounding communities by coordinating emergency assistance with shelter, food and other necessities. The many storms which traveled through Georgia within the last two years have left counties like Chatham, Camden, Coffee, Bulloch, and several others, initiating and managing long-term community recovery plans through coalition endeavors. Hurricane Irma left many of the 159 Georgia counties in need of long-term recovery.

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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Harris County

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 13:05

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Houston will close Saturday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away.

 

The DRC that will close is located at:

 

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FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Advisory Council

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:40

WASHINGTON - FEMA announced today the agency is now accepting applications for open positions for its National Advisory Council (NAC); qualified individuals who are interested in serving may submit an application to be considered for appointment now, through March 18, 2018.

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Southern California Wildfire, Mudslide and Flood Survivors: Importance of Completing Your SBA Loan Application

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:20

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) plays a significant role in helping disaster survivors recover.

Californians in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties who were affected by the December wildfires and recent mudslides and flooding, may be referred to the SBA after applying for disaster assistance with FEMA. If you are contacted and asked to submit an application for a low-interest SBA disaster loan, don’t hesitate to apply.

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Fact Sheet: Mitigation Outreach at DIY Stores in Puerto Rico

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:44

Mitigation Outreach at DIY Stores in Puerto Rico

FEMA Mitigation staff are visiting Home Depot and National Lumber & Hardware stores in Puerto Rico to render advice on the recovery process and answer questions survivors might have in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Among the most frequently asked questions in Puerto Rico are:

Can I appeal my FEMA determination letter?

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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Harris County

FEMA - News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:04

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Houston will close Saturday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away.

 

The DRC that will close is located at:

 

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East Porterville Water Supply Project Connects 755 Homes

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 18:05

Hundreds of Residents Now Have Access to Sustainable Supply

East Porterville, CA – Today, a partnership of state and local agencies, working to help homeowners affected by California’s multi-year drought, finished connecting 755 homes to a safe, reliable, permanent water supply. All households participating in the East Porterville Water Supply Project have now been connected to the City of Porterville’s municipal water system.

“It’s such a relief to have water flowing from the faucet and the shower again. It’s so easy to take it for granted, until it’s gone,” said Amelia Arroyo who received a water connection in January 2017.

Hundreds of residential wells in the small, unincorporated community of East Porterville in Tulare County became dry or contaminated during California’s recent five-year drought. Homes without access to safe potable water received deliveries of tanked water and bottled water. At a monthly price tag of $650,000, this temporary solution was unsustainable for both the state and community members.

“The residents of East Porterville were especially hard hit by the effects of this recent drought,” said Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Hundreds of homes were at the mercy of Mother Nature as their wells ran dry. Urgent action was needed on the part of many agencies to find short and long-term solutions. It’s satisfying to see a long-term solution now in place for many homes, helping to mitigate the impacts of future droughts.”

Three state agencies – the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the State Water Resources Control Board, and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – partnered with Tulare County agencies and community organizations such as Self-Help Enterprises and Community Water Center to deliver a permanent solution to East Porterville’s water crisis. Construction on the $48 million East Porterville Water Supply Project kicked off in early 2016 with the installation of new water distribution lines to connect homes in East Porterville to the neighboring City of Porterville’s municipal system.

“The goal was to get a permanent supply of safe water to the residents who were without water, or without safe water, as soon as possible,” said Eileen Sobeck, executive director of the State Water Resources Control Board. “The significant impact of the drought on access to safe drinking water for hundreds of local families could not have been addressed without the extraordinary collaboration between state and local governments and the local community groups. We hope the success of the partnerships here will assist in developing new ways of working together and avoid future drought impacts to communities like East Porterville.”

The project was conducted in two phases. The first phase connected about 300 homes that were receiving emergency water deliveries. Those connections were completed in March 2017. The second phase connected about 450 additional households that still had access to water in their wells, but who wished to avoid the possibility of future water insecurity. Of the 1,100 homes eligible for the project in both phases, a total of 755 took advantage of the offer.

“I’m glad to know that my family will always have access to clean water now, drought or no drought,” said Darcy Stroud, who signed up during Phase 2 of the project. “We didn’t sign up right away, but we realized we really wanted the water connection. Better to be safe than sorry.”

“While this project has brought relief to many,” said Arthur Hinojosa, chief of DWR’s Division of Integrated Regional Water Management, “more work is needed to ensure that all California residents have access to clean, safe drinking water. We’re supporting regional work to sustainably manage groundwater basins and promoting water use efficiency and conservation to make sure California’s local and regional water supplies are resilient for all needs.”

Construction will continue through 2018 to complete additional infrastructure supporting the project.

Although the statewide drought officially ended last year, the current water year is off to a dry start and many communities continue to suffer localized drought impacts. Californians everywhere are encouraged to make water conservation a way of life, rain or shine.

View project photos in DWR’s photo gallery, and a new video telling the story of the East Porterville Water Supply Project.

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To learn ways to conserve, visit Save Our Water.

 

Photo: DWR Video

Hams in Disaster

State - California - CALOES - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:24

Recent disasters in the US and around the world have resulted in lost communications. Whether hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or terror attacks response to a disaster is made more difficult without effective communications. Cal OES has at least one answer to that in California – HAMS.

Links

Cal OES Auxiliary Communications Service

Communications Reserve Unit

Cal OES Telecommunications

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Help is Still Available: Los Angeles County Disaster Recovery Center to Close

FEMA - News - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:23

Help is Still Available: Los Angeles County Disaster Recovery Center to Close

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) serving Los Angeles County will close its doors permanently at the close of business Saturday, Feb. 10. The center is located at the Lake View Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foot Hill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342.

The DRC will remain open through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Deadline for Debris Pickup in U.S. Virgin Islands Extended to March 7

FEMA - News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 14:39

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the deadline for debris pickup on public rights-of-way in St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. The new deadline for collection is March 7, 2018.

 

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FEMA Seeks Youth Leaders For National Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA - News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 13:50

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that it is seeking applicants for the Youth Preparedness Council, which brings together teens from across the country who are interested and engaged in community preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national leaders for preparedness. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply.

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FEMA Housing Help Temporary for Florida Hurricane Irma Survivors

FEMA - News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:55

Take Control of Recovery

ORLANDO, Fla. – Hurricane Irma survivors should continually work to return home since FEMA housing help is only temporary.

Federal disaster help with hotel stays, rental assistance, travel trailers and FEMA-paid apartments are just short-term solutions for survivors who are working to return home. This includes repairing or rebuilding their hurricane-damaged home or relocating to another long-term residence.

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