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Monthly Archives: August 2019

  • FEMA Urges Residents to Remain Vigilant in Preparation for Hurricane Dorian

    • Hurricane Dorian is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, dangerous winds and significant infrastructure damage to much of the Florida peninsula beginning Monday. Evacuations have begun to be issued in Florida, and additional evacuation orders may follow. Fill your tank, stock your vehicle with supplies, and if ordered to evacuate, go.
    • The forecasted track for Dorian can change quickly.  If you’re anywhere in the forecasted path of Hurricane Dorian, take steps to prepare now.
    • Hurricane Dorian is a big storm, and the federal, state and tribal governments are preparing for a big response.

    Follow Instructions from Local Officials:

    • Dorian is currently forecasted to make impacts along Florida’s Atlantic coast as a major hurricane, which means it could cause significant damage to power, water and road systems.
    • Remember: storm surge and related inland flooding is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane.
    • Monitor the storm closely and follow the guidance of your local officials.  Be ready to leave, have a plan for where you will go, and if ordered to evacuate, go.
    • Florida residents and visitors are warned to heed all emergency guidance provided by local officials and avoid any areas under evacuation.

    Now is the Time to Prepare:

    • Download the FEMA App for preparedness tips, shelter information and weather alerts.
    • Residents are encouraged to have supplies for up to seven days, including: prescription medication, items to care for infants and toddlers, pet supplies, water and non-perishable food.
    • You should refill any necessary prescriptions today.  Florida’s state of emergency allows you to obtain a 30-day refill of your prescription medication.
    • Make sure you have cash on hand and collect important papers such as property deeds, birth certificates, and rental leases - or create password-protected digital copies.
    • Fill up your gas tank, stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and know your evacuation routes.
    • Visit Ready.gov for more information on what you can do ahead of this dangerous storm.
    • Floridians can visit FloridaDisaster.Org to find information on emergency preparedness, shelters, road closures and evacuation routes and download the FL511 Mobile App for updated road and traffic conditions.

    It’s a Big Storm and We’re Preparing for a Big Response:

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    • FEMA, through the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) and its regional offices, is monitoring the effects and track of Hurricane Dorian and remains in contact with state and tribal emergency management officials.
    • Personnel and resources are moving to incident support bases to be ready to support response activities as requested by the state.
    • The NRCC and FEMA Region IV’s Regional Response Coordination Center are both conducting 24-hour operations.
    • FEMA’s Hurricane Liaison Team is working jointly with the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, and an Incident Support Base is established at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
    • Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
    • Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency for several counties in Georgia ahead of any potential impacts from Dorian.
    • The Seminole Tribe of Florida has declared a state of emergency as well.

    Declarations:

    • On  Aug. 30, President Trump approved Florida’s request for an emergency declaration allowing direct federal assistance for emergency and life-safety actions taken ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
    • FEMA received Chairman Marcellus Osceola’s request for an emergency declaration for the Seminole Tribe of Florida on Aug. 30.  The request is currently under review.
    • President Trump approved emergency declarations for Puerto Rico on Aug. 27 and the USVI on Aug. 28, making federal funding available to assist those territories with emergency and life-safety actions taken ahead of Dorian.
  • FEMA Urges Residents in Hurricane Dorian’s Path to Prepare Now

    • The risk of dangerous storm surge and hurricane-force winds along the east coast of Florida later this week and this weekend continues to increase.
    • Those in the Caribbean impacted by Dorian should use caution as they return home or begin clean up.  Residents in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands should continue to follow the directions of local officials.
    • FEMA continues to support both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands governments to assess impacts from the storm.
    • FEMA is working with Florida officials ahead of Dorian’s predicted landfall and is moving
      Hurricane Dorian Projected path and landfall in US

      response resources in position.  Residents along the East Coast should be implementing their hurricane preparedness plan now.

    • An effective disaster response is locally executed, state managed and federally supported.

    Ready to Support Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands:

    • Residents should continue listening to local officials for safety information.
      • Both Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands’ officials are telling residents to avoid dangerous areas, only return home if it is safe to do so, and to check on your neighbors.
      • Residents are advised to keep out of the water.  Flood water can contain dangerous debris, downed power lines, and germs.  Do not attempt to walk, swim, wade, or drive through flood waters.
      • Check-in with neighbors if safe to do so.  You may be the help they need.
    • If you suffered property damage, you should report it to your local emergency management officials and contact your insurance company to file a claim.
      • Individuals who had a blue roof or other ongoing repairs from the impacts of the 2017 hurricanes damaged by Dorian should report it to local emergency management officials.
    • FEMA personnel and resources are in place in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to support should needs be identified.
      • FEMA has five warehouses in the Caribbean to support Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The warehouses are stocked with life-sustaining commodities including millions of liters of water and meals, as well as tarps and other necessities.
      • President Donald Trump approved an Emergency Declaration Tuesday night for Puerto Rico and Wednesday evening for the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide federal funding to assist with emergency and life-safety actions in response to Dorian.

    Florida Residents Should Prepare Now:

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    • Response and recovery are a whole community effort.  It takes everyone being prepared and neighbor helping neighbor.
    • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian.
    • The Florida Division of Emergency Management urges residents along its eastern coast to remain alert and take steps to prepare.
      • Know your evacuation routes.
      • Have 7 days’ worth of supplies including food, water, prescription medications, flashlights and batteries.
      • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org for information on emergency preparedness, shelters, road closures and evacuation routes.
      • Follow @FLSERT and @GovRonDeSantis on Twitter for live updates.
      • Download the FEMA App to receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service, locate open emergency shelters and community recovery centers, and get additional preparedness information.

    FEMA Supporting Local, State, Tribal, and Territorial Governments:

    • FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) is activated to Level I (the highest activation level).
    • FEMA, through the NRCC and its regional offices, is monitoring the effects and track of Hurricane Dorian and remains in contact with state and tribal emergency management officials.
    • FEMA Region IV deployed a liaison officer and a Regional Incident Management Assistance Team to the Florida Emergency Operations Center.
    • FEMA logistics staging and transportation teams are in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to support response efforts.
      • FEMA deployed Incident Management Assistance Teams to Puerto Rico ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian that are based in San Juan, Ponce and Aguadilla.  A team is also in the U.S. Virgin Islands and additional teams are on standby.
    • FEMA’s Mobile Emergency Response Support Disaster Emergency Communications are in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to help support local emergency communication systems.
  • FEMA Urges Puerto Rico Residents to Finish Preparations Ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian

    WASHINGTON – As Tropical Storm Dorian approaches, FEMA urges people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to listen to government officials on the islands and complete final preparations now.

    Dorian is forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds to communities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands still working to recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria. Residents should take this storm seriously as even smaller and less severe storms could have significant impacts.

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    Now is the Time to Prepare     

    A Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch are in effect for Puerto Rico.  Tropical storm conditions are expected, and hurricane conditions are possible in portions of Puerto Rico on Wednesday. History shows that storm tracks can change quickly. Island residents should closely monitor weather forecasts, follow instructions from commonwealth and local officials, and be prepared to take shelter if ordered to do so.

    Follow Instructions from Local Officials If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

    • Puerto Rico residents: for a list of shelters and other important information, visit www.manejodeemergencias.pr.gov or call the Puerto Rico Emergency Management and Disaster Administration Bureau at 787-724-0124.
    • U.S. Virgin Island residents: for real-time updates on emergencies, register for Alert VI. The link is available on vitema.vi.gov.

    Stay Alert and Informed

    • Download the FEMA App to receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service, locate open emergency shelters and community recovery centers, and get additional preparedness information.
    • Expect disruptions from utility outages and debris. Government officials urge residents to gather 10-days’ worth of needed supplies.
    • Check-in with neighbors if safe to do so. You may be the help they need.
    • Avoid flooded areas that can hide hazards such as debris and damaged roads. Turn around, don’t drown!
    • Visit Ready.gov and Listo.gov for disaster preparedness information in English and Spanish.

    Government Coordinating Efforts to Serve Survivors

    An effective disaster response is locally executed, state-managed, and federally supported. FEMA and other federal agencies have staff and commodities in position, ready to support local response efforts as needed.

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    • Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT) are in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
    • Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) Disaster Emergency Communications are in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    • Logistics Staging and Transportation Teams are in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to support response efforts, if needed.
    • Life-sustaining commodities have been pre-positioned throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to enable an even faster response to events in the Caribbean, to include: millions of liters of water and meals, as well as tarps and other necessities.

    U.S. Army Corps (USACE)

    • USACE has mobilized infrastructure assessment, debris management staff and other experts to Puerto Rico.

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

    • Incident management personnel and Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are positioned in Puerto Rico should medical assistance be needed in the Caribbean.
    • The Disaster Distress Helpline is available to help cope with stress. To speak with a trained crisis counselor, call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (for Spanish, press 2 or text Hablanos to 66746).

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