Emergency Management

Homeowners Can Minimize Hurricane Damage

FEMA - News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:26

The 2018 hurricane season is approaching. Preparation means more than just creating a disaster kit and reviewing your family’s disaster plan, although these are critical first steps.

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FEMA Awards Hazard Mitigation Grants to Marseilles and Ottawa

FEMA - News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:21

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $1,200,000 in Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) funds to the City of Marseilles, Ill., for the construction of a floodwall and a pumping station to protect the city’s north wastewater treatment plant.

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Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Tsunami Preparedness Week

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:51

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring March 26 through 30, 2018, as Tsunami Preparedness Week in the State of California.

The text of the proclamation is below:

 

Wheat Ridge Colorado Benefits from Effective Floodplain Management

FEMA - News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:50

FEMA Region VIII flood insurance specialist Matt Buddie presents the City of Wheat Ridge, Colo., with a plaque recognizing the community’s work in floodplain management at a March 26 city council meeting. Wheat Ridge is one of only a handful of Colorado communities to earn a Class 5 rating, and is among the top 1 percent of participating communities nationally. Under the Community Rating System (CRS) program, Wheat Ridge residents and businesses will receive a 25 percent discount on their flood insurance premiums.

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FEMA and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release PrepTalk on Financial Literacy

FEMA - News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:01

WASHINGTON — FEMA, in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, released today the seventh video presentation from the inaugural PrepTalks Symposium, John Hope Bryant’s “Financial Literacy and Overcoming Liquid Asset Poverty.” Bryant is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc., a nonprofit provider of financial dignity education and economic empowerment programs.  

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Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Brazoria County

FEMA - News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 07:53

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the city of Angleton will close permanently at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 29. However, survivors can still get help in person by appointment by calling 979-864-1201.

The center at the following location is closing:

Brazoria County
Central Brazoria County Business Park

4005 Technology Road
Angleton, TX 77515

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Sentinel Response 18 FSE and Interagency Cooperation

State - California - CALOES - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:36

In recent months, California and our nation has been no stranger to devastating natural and man-made emergencies. So, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) joined the California National Guard’s Homeland Response Force (HRF) and 95th Civil Support Team, along with multiple State/Federal Urban Search & Rescue Task Forces, CAL FIRE, FBI, the Department of Energy, and several other elite emergency response agencies for a full-scale terrorism response exercise at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena.

“In just the last year we’ve seen our highly trained emergency response and recovery teams deployed across the nation to lead critical lifesaving missions,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “This exercise will test those critical rescue and response skills, as well as enhance our ability to respond to real world events that could happen anywhere in California, our nation or in other parts of the world.”

The training scenario involved a series of simultaneous terrorist attacks across Northern California following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake. The attacks include simulated improvised explosive devices (IED), the detonation of a simulated radiation-dispersal device (RDD) and firearms. Sleep Train Arena will serve as the training site for IED and RDD response, while Sonoma Raceway served as the site for active shooter response training. Hundreds of emergency-response personnel, vehicles, and aircraft participated.  Many of the first responders participating in this exercise were are part of the massive mutual aid response during the October wildfires, December wildfires and January mudslides that included more than 20,000 personnel coordinated by Cal OES.

“It’s only through regular, realistic training alongside our partner agencies that we keep our skills sharp and response times low,” said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General for the California National Guard. “These exercises establish the relationships and interagency coordination that is fundamental to an effective response during emergency incidents.”

In this episode we pull SGM Gerald Davis, of the California National Guard, to talk about organizing such a large and complex training exercise and why they’re so important, and so important to make as real as possible.

SGM Gerald Davis, center, looking at camera

 

Click to view slideshow.

 

 

30 Years of Hazard Mitigation: FEMA and the State of Oregon Highlight a Local Success Story

FEMA - News - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 17:54

BOTHELL, Wash. - In 2015 a Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker article, “The Really Big One,” brought the Cascadia Subduction Zone and a potential devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami to national attention. Here in the Pacific Northwest, emergency managers were already well aware of the threat and were taking action to mitigate the potential damage.

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Officials to Test Tsunami Warning System in Central and Southern California During Tsunami Preparedness Week

State - California - CALOES - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 17:26

NOAA and the Calif. Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) plan to conduct a test of the tsunami warning communications system on March 28 at approximately 10:15 a.m. PDT in coastal areas of central and southern California.

NOAA’s National Weather Service Offices in Monterey, Oxnard and San Diego will broadcast the “Required Monthly Test.” The test will also be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, local television and radio stations.

Some television systems are programmed to scroll a standard emergency alert text message and in some cases, the message may not contain the word “TEST.” An audio message will say that the message is only a test, but if the volume is turned down or otherwise unheard, viewers may not realize the message is a test.

To avoid confusion with an actual alert the test will be cancelled if there is excessive seismic activity 24 hours prior to the test. People monitoring the test in coastal areas who do not receive it are asked to inform their local National Weather Service office.

The test is a cooperative effort between NOAA, Cal OES, California Broadcasters Association, and local emergency management officials in coastal California.

During California’s Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 26-30, NOAA and emergency managers promote tsunami safety and awareness and urge coastal residents and visitors to prepare themselves and their families for a tsunami. Everyone, everywhere should know how to be prepared for tsunamis and what to do to be safe. This is true for people who live or work near the ocean, and also for anyone who may visit someday. For more info visit https://www.tsunamizone.org/ which provides suggestions and resources for your family or organization to “know your zone” and to learn how to be safe. Be counted among people and organizations worldwide by registering your 2018 tsunami preparedness activities! NOAA’s National Tsunami Warning Center offers complete information, including the current status of tsunami warnings, advisories and watches, and frequently asked questions.

NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA’s National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. Working with partners, NOAA’s National Weather Service is building a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather. Visit us at weather.gov and join us on social media.

 

On the Web:

NOAA’s National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/

NOAA Tsunami Web sites: https://www.tsunami.noaa.gov/, https://tsunami.gov/?page=tsunamiFAQ, www.weather.gov/tsunamisafety

NOAA’s National Tsunami Warning Center: https://tsunami.gov/

Help Remains after Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Harris County

FEMA - News - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 15:24

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in the cities of Houston and Katy will close the last week of March. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away.

The centers at the following sites are closing:

 

3 p.m., Friday, March 30

 

 

6 p.m., Friday, March 30

 

 

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Officials to Test Tsunami Warning System in Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino Counties During Tsunami Preparedness Week

State - California - CALOES - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 14:45

NOAA and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) plan to conduct a test of the tsunami warning communications system on Wednesday, March 28 between 11 a.m. and noon PDT in coastal areas of Northern California. This emergency test will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, local television and radio stations in Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties. Residents in some communities may hear warning sirens. Some television systems are programmed to scroll a standard emergency alert text message and, in some cases, the message may not contain the word “TEST.” An audio message will say that the message is only a test, but if the volume is turned down or otherwise unheard, viewers may not realize the message is a test. To avoid confusion with an actual alert the test will be canceled if there is excessive seismic activity 24 hours prior to the test. People monitoring the test in coastal areas who do not receive it are asked to inform their local National Weather Service office. This test is a cooperative effort between NOAA, Cal OES, California Broadcasters Association, and local emergency management officials in coastal areas of Northern California. During California’s Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 26-30, NOAA and emergency managers promote tsunami safety and awareness and urge coastal residents and visitors to prepare themselves and their families for a tsunami. Everyone, everywhere should know how to be prepared for tsunamis and what to do to be safe. This is true for people who live or work near the ocean, and also for anyone who may visit someday. For more information visit www.TsunamiZone.org, which provides suggestions and resources for your family or organization to “know your zone” and to learn how to be safe. Be counted among people and organizations worldwide by registering your 2018 tsunami preparedness activities.

 

Additional resources: 

Cal OES: Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Programs National Tsunami Preparedness Week: nws.weather.gov/nthmp/tpw/tsunami-preparedness-week.html NOAA’s National Weather Service: www.weather.gov NOAA Tsunami Web sites: www.tsunami.noaa.gov, www.nws.noaa.gov/om/tsunami NOAA’s National Tsunami Warning Center: www.tsunami.go

SBA Provides Federal Disaster Assistance for Businesses in Puerto Rico

FEMA - News - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 13:51

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available for businesses and private nonprofits that suffered physical damage or economic losses due to hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Uninsured and underinsured losses caused by a disaster can impact business owners’ ability to recover. SBA loans can help cover repairs and replacement of damaged physical assets as well as small business operating expenses after a disaster.

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FEMA Offers Repair and Rebuilding Advice in Bayamón and Guaynabo

FEMA - News - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 08:29

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As the people of Puerto Rico rebuild and repair homes FEMA and National Lumber have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on how to make homes stronger and safer during the rebuilding process.

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