For Citizens in the Disaster Area

The Salvation Army of Georgia Readies as Michael Slams Florida Panhandle

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:28
ATLANTA, GA (October 10, 2018) – Michael is an intense category 4 hurricane — the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the Florida panhandle. After slamming ashore, Michael is expected to continue northeast as a category 2 hurricane, raging through Southern Georgia across Bainbridge, Thomasville and Savannah with weather unlike anything they have seen before. Salvation Army mobile feeding units (canteens) and other resources from across the [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Mobilizes Personnel As Florida Braces for Hurricane Michael

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:04
TAMPA, FL (October 10, 2018) – As conditions continue to deteriorate across the Florida Panhandle in what is now being called an unprecedented event, The Salvation Army is ready to meet the needs of those impacted by Hurricane Michael.   Operators with SATERN, The Salvation Army’s amateur radio network, are planning to deploy to Pensacola, Panama City, Tallahassee and Tampa to keep communication lines open through [READ MORE]

Yemen: Tropical Cyclone Luban - Oct 2018

Reliefweb.int - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 19:00
GLIDE number: TC-2018-000163-YEM
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Oman, Yemen

The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm over westcentral Arabian Sea moved northwestwards with a speed of 07kmph during past six hours and lay centered at 1430 hrs IST 10th October 2018 over westcentral Arabian Sea, near latitude 14.4°N and longitude 58.7°E, about 570 km east-southeast of Salalah (Oman), 550 km eastnortheast of Socotra Islands (Yemen) and 730 km east-southeast of Al-Ghaidah (Yemen). It is very likely to intensify further and move west-northwestwards towards Yemen & South Oman Coasts during next 4 days. (RSMC/India Meteorological Dept, 10 Oct 2018)

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Date: 10 Oct 2018
Status: Alert

Salvation Army Teams Return from Carolinas & Prepare for Hurricane Michael

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 17:40
Jackson, MS— With Hurricane Michael churning in the Gulf Coast and expected to make landfall in the Florida panhandle today as a major Category 4 hurricane, Salvation Army emergency response teams throughout the southeastern United States are readying to respond. The last of The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi (ALM) Division teams headed home yesterday from Hurricane Florence service in the Carolinas—just in time to prepare [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Prepares for Hurricane Michael

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 08:54
LUTZ, FL (October 9, 2018) – After strengthening over the weekend, Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast as a Category 3 storm. The Salvation Army has placed all disaster relief resources across the state of Florida on standby, including mobile feeding kitchens, trained personnel, and supplies. The Salvation Army has established a command center in Tampa and is prepared to mobilize [READ MORE]

India: Tropical Cyclone Titli - Oct 2018

Reliefweb.int - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 19:00
GLIDE number: TC-2018-000162-IND
Disaster type: Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: India

The very severe cyclonic storm, ‘TITLI’ is being monitored by the coastal Doppler Weather Radars at Visakhapatnam, Gopalpur and Paradip. The latest observations indicate that the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘TITLI’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of about 18 kmph during past 06 hours and lay cantered at 1430 hrs IST of today, the 10th October 2018 over Westcentral Bay of Bengal near latitude 17.2°N and longitude 85.5°E, about 230 km south-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha) and 190 km southeast of Kalingapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). It is very likely to intensify further during next 12 hours. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Odisha & adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Gopalpur & Kalingapatnam around morning of 11th October. Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve northeastwards, move towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha and weaken gradually. (RSMC/India Meteorological Department, 10 Oct 2018)

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Date: 09 Oct 2018
Status: Alert

Haiti: Haiti: Earthquake - Oct 2018

Reliefweb.int - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 19:00
GLIDE number: EQ-2018-000160-HTI
Disaster type: Earthquake
Affected countries: Haiti

A 5.9 magnitude (11 km depth) earthquake struck off the Northwestern coast of Haiti on 7 October at 00:11 UTC. The epicentre of the earthquake was located about 19 km Northwest of the city of Port-de-Paix. The earthquake was felt across the country. There was no tsunami warning in effect. According to the Haitian Civil Protection Agency, 10 people have been killed and at least 135 people injured. The Agency also reports that some houses and buildings have been destroyed in Port-de-Paix, Gros Morne, Chansolme and Turtle Island.(DG ECHO, GDACS, USGS, 7 Oct 2018)


Date: 07 Oct 2018
Status: Alert

Governor Larry Hogan Announces ‘Safe Schools Maryland’ School Safety Initiative

State - MD Emergency Management - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 22:51

Governor Larry Hogan Announces ‘Safe Schools Maryland’ School Safety Initiative

Launches New School Safety Tip Line and Mobile App For Reporting Threats

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (October 3, 2018) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the launch of “Safe Schools Maryland,” a tip line and mobile app designed to streamline reporting of possible threats to students school facilities. The governor made the announcement at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) with student leaders, education officials, law enforcement leaders and others in attendance.

“Incidents of targeted violence at our schools are rarely sudden impulsive acts; instead, in the majority of these incidents, another person was aware of what the student was thinking or planning to do,” said Governor Hogan. “We must remain ever vigilant when it comes to protecting our kids, and we are counting on our local school communities, our students, teachers, and parents to work together with us in these important efforts.”

Students, family members, parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members can anonymously report information to Safe Schools Maryland via a mobile app available for download through the Apple App Store or Google Play, online at www.SafeSchoolsMD.org, or by calling 1-833-MD-B-SAFE (1-833-632-7233). Trained technicians will respond to reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The tip line staff will share incoming information with appropriate school system officials and staff; law enforcement personnel; fire, emergency, behavioral health, and medical staff; and other partners to help prevent violent or dangerous incidents at schools around the state and provide assistance to students in crisis. Students, parents, teachers, administrative staff, and others should be vigilant and report any activity that makes them feel uncomfortable, nervous, or frightened about the safety of their school, themselves, or others.

In many recent school violence incidents or threats, assailants have exhibited behavior that signaled a potential for violent activity or discussed such activity on social media. Some potential incidents around the country have been thwarted because alert students, parents, school staff, or others reported suspicious behaviors to appropriate authorities.

“Sadly, all too often students, choose to remain silent because they are afraid of retaliation, rejection, or stigmatization by their peers. The troubling result is a ‘code of silence’ in which students suffer harm that could have been prevented if another person had chosen to speak out. We need to empower our students to break that ‘code of silence’,” said Governor Hogan. “If they see unsafe situations or behavior, including threats made in person or on social media, bullying, or a friend who expresses the desire to hurt themselves or others, we need young Marylanders to say something and to do something without fear of retribution for coming forward.”

Governor Hogan has asked MEMA to coordinate the school safety tip line and mobile app in partnership with the Maryland Center for School Safety. MEMA has trained existing staff and is hiring new staff to ensure that tip line calls and reports are answered 24/7.

“We are honored that Governor Hogan has asked MEMA to coordinate the new safety initiative,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “This is aligned with MEMA’s mission to coordinate resources from multiple agencies and to be the authoritative source of 24-hour information gathering and dissemination. We are excited to take the lead to help our state, local, and non-government partners make Maryland schools safer as the field of emergency management broadens.”

As part of the announcement, education and public safety officials met with student leaders to discuss the tip line and other possible steps to reduce the likelihood of school violence. The students also had a chance to tour the MEMA facility and learn about MEMA, the State Emergency Operations Center, and The Maryland Joint Operations Center activities as we as actionable steps they can take to be well prepared in the event of an emergency. During their visit to MEMA, students received promotional posters that are also being distributed to schools electronically and will be available on the website, www.SafeSchoolsMD.org. Digital billboards throughout the state will begin displaying Safe Schools Maryland information starting today as part of the campaign launch.

The governor also announced that the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) was just awarded $3.6 million in federal school safety grants, which will supplement over $40 million in state funding provided in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. A five-year, $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow Maryland to implement the Maryland School Emergency Preparedness Program, a partnership between MSDE, local school systems, MEMA and local emergency managers. In addition, a three-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will allow MSDE to implement a new violence prevention model in schools across the state.

“Learning simply cannot take place in a school where students and teachers don’t feel safe,” Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools said. “These funds will help Maryland update and modernize emergency operations plans in schools throughout the state, and utilize state-of-the-art techniques to better identify potential threats to student safety.”

Earlier this year, Governor Hogan proposed and enacted landmark school safety legislation, expanding the work of the Maryland Center for School Safety, creating statewide school safety standards requiring standardized training and certification for school resource officers, and requiring each school system in Maryland to develop mental health assessment teams in order to identify students whose behavior may pose a threat to safety and provide interventions.

El Salvador: El Salvador: Floods - Oct 2018

Reliefweb.int - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 19:00
GLIDE number: TC-2018-000167-SLV
Disaster type: Flood, Land Slide
Affected countries: El Salvador

Two low pressure systems, one in the Atlantic and the other in the Pacific, caused intense rainfall conditions, flash floods in several communities in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua since 5 October...Civil Protection reported 15 people injured, six dead, one missing and 768 people in shelters. In addition, 1541 flooded houses and eight houses destroyed, an affected school and three other collapsed walls; eight roads and 13 damaged streets, 120 contaminated wells. (OCHA, 13 Oct 2018)

On October 6, in El Salvador the national Civil Protection System declared a Green Alert for the entire country. On October 7, a Yellow Alert was declared for 29 coastal municipalities, which on October 8 increased to 34 municipalities to include three municipalities in Morazán department and two in La Union department. A Green Alert remained in place for the rest of the country. The rains have affected the entire country. The hardest hit have been the eastern regions, specifically the cantons of El Brazo, La Canoa and El Tecomatal in the municipality of San Miguel; the cantons of San Felipe and Las Tunas in La Unión department; the cantons of Capitán Lazo and Puerto Parada in the municipality of Usulután; as well as the canton of Metalío in Sonsonate department (western El Salvador) and the cantons of San Diego and San Rafael Abajo in the municipality of La Libertad in central El Salvador. It should be noted that these floods have affected the majority of the municipalities located along the country's coast. (IFRC, 16 Oct 2018)


Date: 05 Oct 2018
Status: Ongoing

Costa Rica: Costa Rica: Floods - Oct 2018

Reliefweb.int - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 19:00
GLIDE number: FL-2018-000165-CRI
Disaster type: Flood
Affected countries: Costa Rica

On 2 October 2018, the IMN warned of a low-pressure system coming in from the south-western Caribbean Sea, which activated an Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone over the country and over the waters of the Pacific (Meteorological Report # 2). On 4 October, IMN detected two other low-pressure systems (Meteorological Report #8), one in the Caribbean near the Nicaraguan coast and another in the Pacific in western Costa Rica, that led to even more intense rainfall and severe weather conditions along the Pacific coast and slightly milder conditions in other parts of the country. Rains of varying intensity fell in Pacific regions and even in the Central Valley. The greatest amount of rainfall was recorded in the Nicoya Peninsula and the Central Pacific, where between 50 to150 mm over a period of 24 hours. 125,190 people were affected by the floods. (IFRC, 15 Oct 2018)


Date: 05 Oct 2018
Status: Ongoing

Honduras: Honduras: Floods - Oct 2018

Reliefweb.int - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 19:00
GLIDE number: FL-2018-000164-HND
Disaster type: Flood
Affected countries: Honduras

Heavy rains that started on 4 October in Honduras have caused flooding and landslides across the country. Most damage has been reported in Francisco Morazán, Valle, and Choluteca departments, where a red alert was issued by the government. 12,076 people have been affected by the floods. 963 homes were damaged, including 169 flooded, and nine completely destroyed. Among them, 7,234 people have been evacuated, and 6,789 moved to 78 temporary shelters....The COPECO (Comité de Alertas de la Comisión Permanente de Contingencias) announced on 10 October that it was monitoring the formation of another lowpressure system in the north of Darién gulf between Colombia and Panama over the next five days. This low-pressure system is likely to bring further heavy rainfalls, and there is a risk a cyclone might form...As of 11 October, the red and green alerts are still maintained for all eight affected departments in Honduras. Rain and hurricane seasons are expected to continue until November, likely to result in further flooding. (ACAPS, 11 Oct 2018)

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Date: 05 Oct 2018
Status: Alert

Salvation Army Hosts Congressmen Scalise and Rouzer at Hurricane Relief Center

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 17:06
Photo: Major Mark Craddock (center) tours Congressman Steve Scalise (on right) and Congressman David Rouzer (on left) through The Salvation Army's disaster distribution center in Wilmington, NC.  Opened in partnership with local government officials from New Hanover County, the center is providing assistance to survivors of Hurricane Florence. Wilmington, NC (October 4, 2018)  House Majority [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Responds to Active Shooter Incident in Florence, SC

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 06:47
Florence, S.C. (October 4, 2018) – On Wednesday afternoon, October 3, 2018, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster personnel in Florence, South Carolina deployed a mobile feeding unit and team to provide neighborhood residents, law enforcement and other first responders food, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care following an active shooter incident in a residential area. One law enforcement officer was killed and six others were wounded.

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Tragedy In The Midst of Disaster

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 16:07
Conway, SC -- Crisis serves to focus your attention – this is true for those in the midst of the crisis and those surrounded by it, responding to it.  During these times, it is easy to forget much of the world continues to move forward. When waist-deep in crisis – in the case of the flooding after Hurricane Florence this is both figurative and literal – you can become laser focused on a goal.  That focus might be finding [READ MORE]

Therapy Dogs Now Integral Part of Salvation Army Disaster Response

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:19
Wilmington, NC (October 3, 2018) – The Salvation Army has responded to every major disaster in the United States since the hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas in 1900. For the first time in this long history of disaster response, The Salvation Army has partnered with Therapy Dogs International to work alongside them in relief efforts. Therapy Dogs International (TDI) is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping handlers [READ MORE]

Reservation to Salvation

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:19
Florence, SC (October 3, 2018) His name is Bridger, Bridger HoldsTheEnemy. That’s what it translates as from the original Crow language. Bridger grew up on a reservation of the Crow Nation in Montana. His father passed away before he was born and his mother battled alcoholism after. For the first five years of his life he shuttled among the homes of relatives and cared for a younger sibling. “I sort of had my childhood taken away,” [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Participates in Multi-Agency Distribution

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 16:27
Conway, SC – The Waccamaw VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) stepped up in an amazing way to man multi-agency distributions to those impacted by the widespread flooding across Horry County, South Carolina.  As impressive as the distribution effort was, the work leading up to it was even more so. Staff and volunteers from Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity, Lowcountry Food Bank, United Way, Waccamaw Community Foundation and The [READ MORE]

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

Little Caesars Helps The Salvation Army Show Love to New Hanover County Staff

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 14:05
Wilmington, NC (October 2, 2018) – Having weathered Hurricane Florence and the flooding that followed, the residents of the Cape Fear region of North Carolina are now heading into the clean-up and recovery phase. The Salvation Army has been with them every step of the way, and will continue to aid in long-term recovery with valuable allies like the staff of New Hanover County. When presented with the opportunity from Little Caesars [READ MORE]

Everyone We Serve Has a Name

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 16:07
Florence, SC (October 1, 2018) Dillon, Gresham, Nichols, Sellers. Each are small communities served by The Salvation Army of Florence. On the morning of the first day of the new month, The Salvation Army prepared for another day of service to families and individuals who had been impacted by flooding in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Two Mobile Feeding Units, one from Greenville, SC, and one from Shreveport, Louisiana, Emotional and Spiritual Care officers, [READ MORE]

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