Emergency Management

Disaster Proof Your Pocketbook in Three Steps

FEMA - News - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:08

Disaster Proof Your Pocketbook in Three Steps

CHICAGO – April is the beginning of severe weather here in the Midwest, and floods, storms and tornadoes are threats to take seriously and prepare for. But not all disasters have to be record-breaking or historic to be catastrophic to your family. What about an accidental house fire that destroys your home and all of your belongings? Or a sump pump failure that damages your home’s electrical, water heater and furnace, leaving feet of contaminated water in your basement?

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Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

FEMA - News - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:47

Hurricane Season Begins June 1

 

ORLANDO, Fla. – The keys to effective disaster preparedness—be informed, make a plan and take action—apply to all of us, but people with access and functional needs or disabilities, should approach preparedness planning with additional considerations.

Additional considerations could include:

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More than $90 Million in Federal Assistance Recently Approved for Puerto Rico Recovery

FEMA - News - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:55

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA recently awarded more than $90 million in additional Public Assistance grants for Hurricane María recovery in Puerto Rico.

To date, the FEMA Public Assistance program has obligated more than $1.4 billion in total funding to the government of Puerto Rico and municipalities for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

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Forward-Thinking Building Rules Protect Houston from Disaster

FEMA - News - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:08

The Houston City Council took an important step to protect its residents and their property April 4 by ensuring new construction will meet a higher standard for flood preparedness.

 

Beginning Sept. 1, new buildings will be required to sit 2 feet above the 0.2 percent (500-year) floodplain, replacing the previous standard of 1 foot above the 1 percent (100-year) floodplain.

 

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Texans Repairing, Building or Rebuilding Can Plan for the Future and Get Questions Answered by Mitigation Specialists April 16-21

FEMA - News - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:24

As Texans repair, build or rebuild their homes after Hurricane Harvey, home improvement stores and FEMA mitigation specialists are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation specialists will answer questions and offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes using proven methods that will prevent or reduce damage from future disasters. Most of the information and free literature provided are geared to do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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State EOC Activates to Level Three for Double Fork Fire Support

State - CO - Emergency Management - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 18:56


The State EOC transitions to Level 3 activation to provide enhanced monitoring and support to the Double Fork Fire.
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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Kentucky

FEMA - News - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 16:58

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides from February 9 to February 14, 2018.

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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

FEMA - News - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 16:58

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 Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Assistance for State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Pennsylvania, Maryland

FEMA - News - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:37

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a biennial emergency preparedness exercise at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station. The exercise will occur during the week of April 16th to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Maryland to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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Wachapreague, Virginia Lowers Flood Insurance Premiums

FEMA - News - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:30

PHILADELPHIA – Residents of Wachapreague, Virginia have received a reduction in their flood insurance premiums through increase of various floodplain management measures encouraged by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

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Recovery Progress Continues with Agreement on Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Guide for Permanent Work in Puerto Rico

FEMA - News - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:11

WASHINGTON - FEMA Administrator Brock Long announced today that FEMA and the Government of Puerto Rico have coordinated the guidelines for permanent work restoration in Puerto Rico.

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Free Rebuilding and Repair Advice on St. Croix

FEMA - News - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 15:25

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – As Virgin Islanders repair and rebuild their hurricane-damaged homes, FEMA is offering free consultations and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home-improvement guidance along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters. Most of the information and the free publications are tailored for do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

Advisors will be available at the following locations, dates and times:

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Six Months After the NorCal October 2017 Wildfires

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 15:35

It’s been six months since the October 2017 wildfires ravaged Northern California. Through coordination with California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and in close partnership with FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. EPA, Cal EPA and CalRecycle, all major work for the removal of fire and ash debris has now been completed in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba counties. So far, nearly 1.7 million tons of debris, across all seven counties, have been removed.

Since the Oct. 10 disaster declaration, nearly 4,500 households have been approved for FEMA individual assistance, for a total of more than $15.7 million. Of this amount, more than $9.6 million has been approved for housing assistance that can assist with home repairs or replacement, rental assistance to be used to find another place to live temporarily while repairs are being made to their home and more than $6.1 million for other needs assistance. Other needs assistance is a grant to pay for other uninsured or underinsured expenses such as disaster-related medical, dental or funeral costs or personal property losses. The U.S. Small Business Administration is another partner agency that plays an integral role in disaster recovery. The SBA provided assistance to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters in the form of low-interest disaster loans. The SBA has approved nearly 1,200 loans for homeowners, renters and businesses for more than $151 million.

We caught up with Assistant Fire Marshall Paul Lowenthal of the Santa Rosa Fire Department to talk with him about the challenges he and his community faced, what he and his department have learned and what changes have come into play in the short six months since the fires broke-out.

Asst. Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal Talks with Shawn Boyd in Santa Rosa

 

Links

WildfireRecovery.org

OESNews.com

Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshal Signs Right of Entry Form, Begins His Own Recovery

SonomaCountyRecovers.org

Cal OES Flickr Images

 

Elevation, Flood Insurance Protect Dickinson Restaurants

FEMA - News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 15:19

Restaurateur Keith Lilley’s hometown of Dickinson, Texas, has been hit hard by catastrophic storms in the past, so when Hurricane Harvey arrived in August 2017, Lilley was prepared.

 

“I have two restaurants here in Dickinson, and both are covered by flood insurance policies,” he said. “Flood insurance is just part of the cost of doing business here.”

 

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Colorado Daily Status Report: April 10, 2018

State - CO - Emergency Management - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:13


Colorado Daily Status Report April 10, 2018Information 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 Level Level 4: Routine operations and activities, including ongoing statewide coordination and information integration.

Current Disasters/Large Incidents Alpine Guard Full-Scale Full Scale Exercise with State EOC activation, County EOCs and Colorado National Guard

Major Road Impacts/Closures Normal Operations
Link to the full Colorado Daily Status Report for April 10, 2018.
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Flood Insurance Roundtable Starts Conversation about Increasing Flood Insurance in West Virginia

FEMA - News - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 14:54

PHILADELPHIA – On March 27, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III and the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) hosted the first-ever West Virginia Flood Insurance Partners Roundtable in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: April 9, 2018

State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:01

Colorado Daily Status Report April 10, 2018Information 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 Level Level 4: Routine operations and activities, including ongoing statewide coordination and information integration.

Current Disasters/Large Incidents Alpine Guard Full-Scale Full Scale Exercise with State EOC activation, County EOCs and Colorado National Guard

Major Road Impacts/Closures Normal OperationsLink to the full Colorado Daily Status Report for April 10, 2018.
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Spring Season Brings Chances for Hazardous Weather in Maryland

State - MD Emergency Management - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:01

Spring Season Brings Chances for Hazardous Weather in Maryland

April 8-14 is Severe Storms Awareness Week

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (April 9, 2018) — Although it doesn’t quite feel like spring yet, now is the time to begin thinking about the upcoming severe storms season. This is Severe Storms Awareness Week, and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is teaming up with the National Weather Service and local emergency managers to promote citizen awareness
and preparedness.

During spring, Maryland is at risk for heavy rainstorms, flooding, damaging winds, tornadoes, hail and lightning. All of these hazards typically occur throughout the state; however, residents can “be weather prepared” by ensuring that they know how to receive warnings and practice safety tips.

“Severe Storms Awareness Week is a chance to highlight dangerous weather that often occurs in Maryland,” said Russ Strickland, Executive Director of MEMA. “This is the time to plan for what you or your family should do in case of a severe weather warning. Get to a safe space, then communicate with your neighbors, friends and family to make sure they’re aware of the situation and are safe.”

The National Weather Service agrees with that assessment. “Maryland frequently experiences severe storms during the spring,” said NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Christopher Strong. “Damaging winds and flooding are the primary threats, but we also see hailstorms and tornadoes of various intensity.”

The National Weather Service and MEMA work closely together and with local emergency managers and other government agencies to identify and monitor severe weather systems, develop preparedness plans and safety information and coordinate the response to these storms.

  • Now is the time for residents to prepare for severe storms by taking the following actions:
    During flooding, never enter an area where water is flowing over a road and you cannot see the pavement. Turn around, don’t drown!
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued or you are experiencing strong winds, get to a sturdy shelter and stay indoors away from windows.
  • Tornadoes can form rapidly in the right conditions. If there is a tornado warning or you see a tornado, quickly get inside and go to the lowest floor possible.
  • If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck from a fringe lightning strike. More than 98% of lightning fatalities are from people outdoors—get indoors or inside your vehicle if possible.

Download the Maryland Prepares app to your portable device to receive alerts of severe weather along with other handy features. Additional information can be found on the “Weather Ready” website at weather.gov/lwx/weatherready and the MEMA website at mema.maryland.gov.

Houston, Corpus Christi Cemeteries Host Rebuilding Workshops After Harvey Topples Headstones

FEMA - News - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 09:25

AUSTIN, Texas – Hurricane Harvey damaged more than just homes, roads and bridges in 2017 – the storm impacted historic and cultural resources as well, including many hundreds of cemeteries and gravestones across Texas.

 

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Those Building, Rebuilding or Repairing Can Plan for the Future and Get Questions Answered by Mitigation Specialists April 9-14

FEMA - News - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 09:05

AUSTIN, Texas – As Texans repair, build or rebuild their homes after Hurricane Harvey, home improvement stores and FEMA mitigation specialists are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation specialists will answer questions and offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes using proven methods that will prevent or reduce damage from future disasters. Most of the information and free literature provided is geared to do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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