Emergency Management

California Sends Urban Search and Rescue Teams to Support Hurricane Irma Response

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 13:52

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has approved the deployment of Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force 1 (CA-TF1) and Task Force 4 (CA-TF4) through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to aid the response to Hurricane Irma.

During the deployment, California personnel will use their highly-developed skills to assist emergency operations in and around the hardest hit areas of the state, conducting search and rescue operations.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Flo., has issued a Hurricane Watch and Storm Surge Watch for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys. Governor Rick Scott has also declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties anticipation of the impacts of Hurricane Irma.

CA-TF1consists of 80 personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department and CA-TF4 consists of 80 personnel from the Oakland Fire Department. Both Task Forces are en route from their previous assignment conducting flood search & rescue operations for Hurricane Harvey to a Hurricane Irma federal staging location in Alabama.

These teams are two of eight State/Federal US&R Task Forces in California that is a highly-specialized search and rescue unit that can perform in heavy reinforced masonry structures, handle heavy rigging, specialized search functions and operate in swiftwater/flood environments. This deployment also includes a US&R Incident Support Team to assist with coordination and operations of the US&R Task Forces that have been activated nationwide for Irma thus far.

Since 1992, California-based US&R Task Forces have been deployed to a long list of state, national, and even international disasters including the 1992 Hurricane Iniki, 1994 Northridge Earthquake, 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, Hurricane Katrina and the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.

Cal OES continues to monitor operations for both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma and requests for assistance under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) process from the Southern United States region. EMAC, which includes the participation of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a nationally recognized mutual-aid system that provides the foundation for states to request and send resources across their borders when impacted by a disaster.

For more information, follow these links: Cal OES Special OperationsCal OES Urban Search & Rescue Task ForcesEMACFlorida Division of Emergency Management and Cal OES newsroom.

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FEMA Supporting Hurricane Irma Response Efforts while Encouraging the Public to Take Safety Actions

FEMA - News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:49

WASHINGTON – Following catastrophic impacts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hurricane Irma continues to progress towards the Bahamas. In the aftermath, various elements coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are prepositioned in the Caribbean to provide support as needed to survivors of the disaster.

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FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program Enhances the Flood Claims Process for Louisiana Following Tropical Storm Harvey

FEMA - News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:21

WASHINGTON — To support the ongoing disaster recovery in Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is temporarily enhancing the flood insurance claims process for insured survivors affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: September 7, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:28


Colorado Daily Status Report September 7, 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: Deep Creek Fire

Major Road Impacts/Closures: None Reported 



Incident NameDeep Creek FireIncident Start DateSeptember 4, 2017 at 11:15 a.m.Location/County13 miles NW of Steamboat Springs and 9 miles NE of Hayden/Routt CountyCauseUnknownAcres2,287Containment0%EvacuationsEvacuation of Wolf Mountain Ranch
Pre-evacuations for residences within a five-mile radius along Routt County Road 52.Fatalities/InjuriesNone ReportedStructures LostNone ReportedResources· One heavy air tanker
· Four single-engine air tankers (SEAT)
· Two helicopters
· DHSEM Field Services staff and DFPC staff
· Hotshot and Type II hand crew
· A Type II Incident Management TeamFundingEmergency Fire Fund approved on September 5, 2017Information SourcesRoutt County Twitter Routt County Office of Emergency Management Facebook Page Inciweb Routt County Website Fire Information Line: 970-367-7519 www.COEmergency.com · Wildfire Map
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Take Action: Heed Warnings from Local Officials in Hurricane Irma’s Path

FEMA - News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:50

Washington – As destructive winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall move through the Caribbean, with the threat of potential impacts in Florida and the mid-Atlantic region later this week into next, FEMA continues to encourage residents to take action now, heed local warnings and prepare for a potentially life-threatening situation.  

All those in potentially affected areas should listen to the directions of state, local, territorial, and tribal officials. If told to evacuate, evacuate.

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FEMA Disaster Assistance to Individuals Is Not Treated As Income

FEMA - News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 08:49

Midland, Mich. – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance grants do not count as income.

Survivors who receive federal disaster assistance as a result of the June storms and flooding will not pay additional income taxes or see any reduction in their Social Security checks or any other federal benefits.

Grants for essential home repairs, replacement of personal property or other disaster-related needs do not count as income. Donations from charitable organizations will not affect Social Security payments or Medicare benefits.

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Fema’s National Flood Insurance Program Enhances the Flood Claims Process for Louisiana Following Tropical Storm Harvey

FEMA - News - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 17:21

WASHINGTON DC — To support the ongoing disaster recovery in Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is temporarily enhancing the flood insurance claims process for insured survivors affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Due to damages caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, FEMA implemented temporary changes to rush recovery money into the hands of NFIP policyholders in Louisiana, for repair and replacement of flood-damaged properties. As of September 4, FEMA directed all NFIP private insurance partners to:

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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Three Additional Counties

FEMA - News - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:37

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017: one in San Patricio County in the city of Ingleside; one in Calhoun County in the city Port Lavaca; and one in Victoria County in the city of Victoria.

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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FEMA Provides Federal Funds to Help Fight Jolly Mountain Fire

FEMA - News - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:30

SEATTLE – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Jolly Mountain Fire burning in Kittitas County, Washington.

The FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Sharon Loper determined that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. Loper approved the state of Washington’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 2:57 a.m. PDT on September 2, 2017.

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Colorado Daily Status Report: September 6, 2017

State - CO - Emergency Management - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 11:57


Colorado Daily Status Report September 6, 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: Deep Creek Fire

Major Road Impacts/Closures: None Reported 



Incident NameDeep Creek FireIncident Start DateSeptember 4, 2017 at 11:15 a.m.Location/County13 miles NW of Steamboat Springs/Routt CountyCauseUndeterminedAcres2,089Containment0%EvacuationsEvacuation of Wolf Mountain Ranch
Pre-evacuations for residences within a five-mile radius along Routt County Road 52.Fatalities/InjuriesNone ReportedStructures LostNone ReportedResources· One heavy air tanker
· Four single-engine air tankers (SEAT)
· Two helicopters
· DHSEM Field Services staff and DFPC staff
· Hotshot and Type II hand crew arriving September 6, 2017
· A Type III Incident Management Team is in place and will be transferring to a Type II IMT on September 6, 2017.Executive Order IssuedNoneFundingEmergency Fire Fund approved on September 5, 2017Information SourcesRoutt County Twitter Routt County Office of Emergency Management Facebook Page Routt County Website www.COEmergency.com Wildfire Map
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DHSEM Risk Analyst Lindsey Shaw Receives Department "Get Stuff Done" Award

State - CO - Emergency Management - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 11:00
Lindsey ShawLindsey ShawLindsey Shaw is a Risk Analyst within the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. In 2017, Shaw lead the roll-out of a new the tool that the State of Colorado is using statewide to alert employees of emergency situations.

This was no small effort – in fact, it was so important that its successful roll-out was selected as a “wildly important goal” for both the division and the department. Director Hilkey committed to the Governor’s office to meet a Strategic Policy Initiative (SPI) goal of achieving implementation of the system across at least 75 percent of State Executive branch agencies by June 30, 2017. Shaw achieved 94 percent implementation by June 30 and is on track for 100 percent implementation by the end of September.

This project involved multiple facets including crafting policy, engaging stakeholders, delivering training, setting up the system, and providing technical assistance to each department’s point of contact. She listened to stakeholders’ concerns and applied her problem-solving skills to overcome barriers to participation in the program.

Implementation of this system supports our departmental vision, “creating safer and more resilient communities across Colorado,” because promoting safety and resiliency begins internally with our own staff.
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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Emergency Declaration

FEMA - News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 21:37

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 - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 21:28

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced 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 Irma beginning on September 5, 2017 and continuing.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Florida Emergency Declaration

FEMA - News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 21:10

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump emergency disaster declaration issued for the state of Florida.

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

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President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Florida

FEMA - News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 21:07

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the 67 counties in the state of Florida to supplement state, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Irma beginning on September 4, 2017, and continuing.

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

FEMA - News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 20:47

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

FEMA - News - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 20:45

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 Irma beginning on September 5, 2017 and continuing.

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Cal OES Director Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA to Assist Response Agencies Battling Pier Fire in Tulare County

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:05

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Pier Fire burning in Tulare County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.

Pier Fire Map 9/5/17. Courtesy InciWeb Pier Fire Incident Page.

The fire has already burned approximately 20,500 acres, threatening lives and property near the area of Springville. Cal OES is working with multiple response agencies to mobilize mutual aid strike teams and firefighters as well as fire engines, dozers, water tenders and aircraft.

More than 1,400 personnel have been mobilized to assist with the wildfire activity. Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement and Inland Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, law enforcement, evacuation and mutual aid needs for the incident alongside the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE. The recent sustained, high temperatures around the state and dry conditions have made an ideal environment for dangerous fire conditions throughout California.

The federal grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.

Additional information is available at:
Fire Management Assistance Grants – http://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/public-assistance/fire-management-assistance-grant 
Pier Fire Information page – https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5548/ 
Cal OES Twitter – @Cal_OES
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – http://www.caloes.ca.gov/ 

 

Photo: USFS Alicia Embrey 

California USAR Task Forces Lending a Hand for Harvey had Contact with Katrina

State - California - CALOES - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 18:58

On August 25th, as the northern tentacles of the monstrous Hurricane Harvey breached the Gulf Coastline of Texas, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. approved the deployment of Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5 (CA-TF5) through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to aid the response to the storm. Within a few hours CA-TF5 was on its way.

The next day, Saturday, Governor Brown approved the additional deployment of Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1, 4 and 8 (CA-TF1, 4, 8) at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Then again on Sunday, August 27, the governor approved the additional deployment of specialized components of Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 2, 3, 6 and 7 (CA-TF2, 3, 6 and 7) through Cal OES.

With that last deployment, each and every one of California’s state/federal Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces were now assisting, or on their way to assist, with operations in Texas. That activation deployed the Water Rescue Mission Ready Package elements of those four teams. These California specialists in swiftwater and flood rescue have been assisting with emergency operations in and around the hardest hit areas of Texas, conducting search and water rescue operations. The deployment is also coordinated through the FEMA as part of the national response for this incident. All those task force teams have assisted in significant disasters outside of California’s borders. Three of those teams, CA-TF6, 7 and 8 were deployed to the Gulf Coast to assist with response efforts to Hurricane Katrina. Below are images captured during their deployment by the teams themselves.

Click to view slideshow. All photos contributed by the respective agency.

If you’d like more information about California’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force program, or about those teams involved in both Harvey and Katrina, follow the links below.

Hurricane Harvey Relief US Military Photo Links

Urban Search & Rescue Task Forces

CA-TF6: Riverside

CA-TF7: Sacramento

CA-TF8: San Diego

 

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