Emergency Management

FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS

FEMA - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 16:21

The CNMI Office of the Governor, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages residents and local businesses who sustained property loss or damage from Typhoon Mangkhut to apply for Disaster Survivor Assistance.

***Currently, the *best* method to register for disaster assistance in the CNMI is by speaking directly with Disaster Survivor Assistance personnel.***

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Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available at Home Improvement Stores in Horry County

FEMA - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:34

COLUMBIA, S.C. – FEMA mitigation specialists will visit home improvement stores in Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet to offer advice on how to repair and rebuild structures to be safer and stronger.

The mitigation specialists will be on hand beginning Thursday, Oct. 4, to answer questions and provide home improvement tips and information on building structures that are more hazard-resistant, with proven methods that can prevent or reduce damage from future disasters.

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Federal Agencies to Conduct Test of Cell Phone and Broadcast Alert Systems

State - MD Emergency Management - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 14:46

Most Marylanders Will Receive Wireless Emergency Alert As Part Of Nationwide Communications Test On Oct. 3

REISTERSTOWN, MD (October 2, 2018)–Residents and visitors in Maryland – like those around the nation – will receive tests of the national cell phone and broadcast alert systems on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 3). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).


The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.


The Federal Government will be conducting this test; however, the state has the ability to use these systems to disseminate important messages in coordination with local emergency officials. During an AMBER Alert for a missing endangered child, for example, Maryland will disseminate the message after coordinating through appropriate law enforcement officials.


“The ability to communicate danger to the public in a timely fashion is crucial for saving lives,” said Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Russ Strickland. “Although the state is not involved in this test, we depend on the system to quickly communicate danger to the public.”


The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test:


“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”


The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.


Cell towers will broadcast the Oct. 3 WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA, should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. The WEA test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says:
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”


The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of the WEA test.


The test was originally schedule for Thursday, Sept. 20, but the continuing federal response to Hurricane Florence resulted in postponing the test until Wednesday, October 3.


If you would like more information about this test, FEMA has provided responses to Frequently Asked Questions at: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test  Any additional questions should be directed to: FEMA-National-Test@fema.dhs.gov

Federal Aid Programs For The State Of New York

FEMA - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 14:27

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 state of New York.

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

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for New York

FEMA - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 14:22

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of New York to supplement state, and eligible tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding on August 13 to August 15, 2018.

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FEMA Public Assistance awards top $1 billion

FEMA - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 11:15

AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1 billion to Texas cities, counties and certain nonprofits affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 

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Colorado Daily Status Report: October 2, 2018

State - CO - Emergency Management - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 11:12
Colorado Daily Status Report October 2, 2018Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.
Link to the full report: www.bitly.com/COStatus100218
Alerts/WarningsNational Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin

State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation LevelLevel 4: Supporting response and recovery for incidents across the state.

Current Disasters/Large IncidentsSilver Creek, Routt County
Bull Draw, Montrose County
Ryan, Routt County

Major Road Impacts/ClosuresNone
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Nationwide Emergency Alert Test Planned for Oct. 3; Test Messages Will be Sent to Cell Phones, TV and Radio

FEMA - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 11:11

WASHINGTON – FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and

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FACT SHEET: Transitional Sheltering Assistance Frequently Asked Questions

FEMA - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 09:44

Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) is a sheltering option using participating hotels/motels to help fill a gap until survivors identify short or long-term housing solutions.

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State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Open in Duplin County

FEMA - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 06:03

RALEIGH, N.C. – A disaster recovery center is now open in the town of Wallace in Duplin County.

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State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Open in Harnett County

FEMA - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 05:59

RALEIGH, N.C. – A disaster recovery center is now open in the town of Lillington in Harnett County.

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SBANEWS RELEASE: SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

FEMA - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 01:25

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of Typhoon Mangkhut that occurred Sept. 10-11, 2018, announced Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

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SBA NEWS RELEASE: SBA Stands Ready to Assist Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Businesses and Residents Affected by Typhoon Mangkhut

FEMA - News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 00:59

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced.

The declaration covers Rota, Saipan and Tinian as a result of Typhoon Mangkhut that occurred on Sept. 10-11, 2018.

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CNMI’s Disaster Declaration Approved by White House; Federal Assistance Now Available for Eligible Residents and Business Owners

FEMA - News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 16:02
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CNMI-FEMA JOINT INFORMATION CENTER RELEASE NO. 1: October 1, 2018  

This past weekend, the CNMI’s request for a Disaster Declaration approval was granted by US President Donald J. Trump, triggering the availability of federal assistance for eligible local residents and business owners who sustained property loss or damage from Typhoon Mangkhut.

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State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Opening in Chesterfield, Dillon and Horry Counties

FEMA - News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 14:57

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The State of South Carolina and FEMA are opening three Disaster Recovery Centers in the cities of Cheraw (Chesterfield County) Dillon (Dillon County) and Conway (Horry County) Tuesday, Oct. 2. Other centers will be opening soon in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence.

The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in the counties included in the South Carolina major disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence and the subsequent floods.

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FEMA Mitigation Grants Application Period Opens

FEMA - News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 13:34

WASHINGTON – FEMA announced today that the application period for more than $395 million in hazard mitigation grants is now open.

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FEMA Awards Puerto Rico Nearly $109 Million in Federal Grants

FEMA - News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 13:06

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA recently awarded more than $108 million in additional grants to cover Hurricane María-related expenses.

 

The grants approved are distributed as follows:

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Colorado Daily Status Report: October 1, 2018

State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:18


Colorado Daily Status Report October 1, 2018Information in this report was gathered prior to 8:30 a.m.
Link to the full report: www.bitly.com/COStatus100118


Alerts/Warnings
National Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts | Bulletin

State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Activation Level
Level 4: Supporting response and recovery for incidents across the state.

Current Disasters/Large Incidents
Silver Creek, Routt County
Bull Draw, Montrose County
Ryan, Routt County

Major Road Impacts/Closures
None
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Colorado EMAC: Thank you from North Carolina

State - CO - Emergency Management - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:15
Director Mike Willis, Colorado Office of Emergency Management received the comments below from North Carolina following the deployments of an EOC Support Team, All-Hazards Incident Management Team and a Public Information Office to North Caroline to assist following Hurricane Florence.


Here is the email:

"EM Teammates –

Taking a quick moment to reach out to you and, on behalf of Governor Roy Cooper and the entire NC State Emergency Response Team, offer our profound thanks for sharing your people and equipment to respond to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. Your folks truly made the response successful!

Due to the widespread nature of the event, additional resources were absolutely required. Thirty-one states answered our call and over 1000 personnel with various specialties were on the ground.

All of the team members I spoke to were highly motivated and glad to be “in the fight” and making a difference…you should be proud.

The EMAC program has once again proven its worth and demonstrates the best of America…States helping States!

Thanks again for your leadership/partnership and for your support of North Carolina!"

Best,

Michael A. Sprayberry
Director/Deputy Homeland Security Advisor
NCEM
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Careful Debris Removal Helps Preserve Sea Turtle Habitats

FEMA - News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 09:18

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — Sea turtles are perceptive, delicate creatures. Unnatural light throws off their navigation. Footprints in the sand trap them. Beach chairs disorient them. These sensitivities have led FEMA and the government of Puerto Rico to exercise special considerations as the island’s coastlines are cleared.

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