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  • FEMA Leads Whole Community Response Efforts For Hurricane Dorian

    • Hurricane Dorian continues advancing north and, this morning, the storm made landfall in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
    • North Carolina and Virginia are likely to experience continued severe weather with high winds, torrential rain and flash flooding throughout the day.
    • Remember: Stay out of floodwaters – Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
    • If you evacuated, do not try to return home until your local officials say it is safe to return.
    • FEMA is moving resources as the situation changes and remains coordinated with our state and federal partners ready, to respond where needed.


    • Mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders remain in effect along the coastal areas and barrier islands of North Carolina and Virginia.
    • There is a risk of tornadoes as Dorian’s bands pass over the region. If a tornado warning is issued in your area, go to a basement or room with no windows. Mobile homes are not a safe place to shelter.
    • Your state and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders, shelter locations and other storm updates.
    • North Carolina:
    • Virginia:
    • All shelters managed by the Red Cross are accessible for people who have disabilities (including those who are deaf, blind, use a wheelchair, or have a service animal).
    • Residents with an acute medical need (a medical need that would require a trip to the hospital) are encouraged to go to a medical shelter for assistance.
    • Visit for additional tips and resources.


    • Even if it looks like the storm has subsided, do not return until told it is safe to do so by local authorities.
    • Flooding remains a concern. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Avoid floodwaters as they may contain raw sewage, sharp objects and/or downed power lines.
    • Avoid walking near or driving over downed power lines. Consider all power lines energized and dangerous.
    • Photograph or take video of any damage before you start cleaning up. If your property was damaged, contact your insurance company and file a claim.


    • More than 7,000 federal responders, including the National Guard, FEMA employees, and our federal partners, nonprofits and private sector, are in place and ready to support.
    • Should the states need any federal support, we stand ready to help.
    • More than 10,000 workers are positioned to restore power in areas affected by Dorian as soon as the storm clears. There are 80 high water vehicles at pre-staged Fort Bragg for water rescue, if needed.
      • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has deployed personnel including debris clearance staff, route opening engineers and temporary power teams in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Corps is monitoring water inundation in the Carolinas.
    • The Red Cross is coordinating to support evacuation centers with over 1,900 trained volunteers; more than 5,000 people were in 98 shelters in North and South Carolina.
    • The Salvation Army is providing meals, water and snacks to evacuees and has mobile kitchens on standby.


    • The governor of Florida requested a major disaster declaration for federal reimbursement to local and state government for emergency protective measures. That request is under review.
    • President Trump approved emergency declarations for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, including the Catawba Indian Nation, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and North Carolina, to include the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
    • The emergency declarations allow for direct federal assistance for emergency and life-safety actions taken.


    • We extend condolences to those who have lost loved ones and to the affected communities.
    • Led by USAID, the U.S is providing humanitarian assistance, search & rescue, and other disaster response support at the request of the Bahamian government as well as assisting U.S. citizens in the affected areas.
    • USAID deployed search and rescue members from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue to The Bahamas. These teams – each comprising 57 people and four canines – will be conducting search and rescue missions, and other critical operations. These teams also have agreements with FEMA as part of the National Urban Search and Rescue system.
    • The U.S. Coast Guard immediately deployed ships and helicopters to evacuate severely injured individuals from Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. U.S. Customs and Border Protection also deployed rotary and fixed wing aircraft to assist with evacuation and relief efforts.
    • USAID is airlifting emergency supplies from Miami to be distributed through the Bahamian government’s National Emergency Management Agency.
    • Visit for information on how the public can support relief in the Bahamas.
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  • Remember what we just said about flooding?

    As we mentioned in our post Winter will end – Floods will begin: "Winter has brought a lot of rain and flooding in the West"... see?

    FEMA Activates To Support California with Potential Oroville Auxiliary Spillway Failure

    Oroville Auxiliary Spillway

    Oakland Regional Response Coordination Center Moves to 24-Hour Operations

    OAKLAND, Calif. --  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) in Oakland, Calif.

  • Winter will end - Floods will begin

    While this Winter has brought a lot of rain and flooding in the West, Spring Floods will impact the entire country as weather begins to warm...

    Prepare for Spring Flooding

    Prepare for possible spring flooding now before it sneaks up on you.

    Follow these tips from to make sure you, your family and your home are ready for flooding:

    • Know your flood risk.
    • Make a flood emergency plan.
    • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
    • Consider buying flood insurance.
    • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
    • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.


    Reading the the subject:

    What’s Your Plan? - Flood Safety Update - Spring is approaching are you flood ready? - Preparing for Floods: What You Should Know - Flooding happens: Everywhere - Flood Safety - Floods ?

    For more flood safety information, download the America’s PrepareAthon!  How to Prepare for a Flood  guide.


  • Preparing for Floods: What You Should Know

    Floods - why are we talking about them in Summer? They happen... not just from summer storms, and rain melt, but also from storm surge and hurricanes creating inland flooding.

    The summer season brings warm temperatures and longer days, but it can also bring heavy rains that can increase your risk for one of the most common disasters in the United States – floods.  Properly preparing for this hazard can keep your family safe, minimize potential damage, and speed up recovery efforts.

    While everyone is at risk for flooding, many remain financially unprotected. One of the best ways to protect your home is by purchasing flood insurance because homeowner’s insurance policies may not cover flood losses. Keep in mind that there is a 30-day waiting period before flood coverage takes effect!

    In addition to flood insurance, the How to Prepare for a Flood guide from America’s PrepareAthon! outlines steps you can take to safeguard your home and possessions, including:

    • Keep important papers in a fireproof, waterproof box. For electronic records, keep a backup drive in your fireproof, waterproof box or store files using a secure, backed up web-based service.
    • Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if the location is susceptible to flooding.
    • Install “check valves” in sewer lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home.

    No matter the source, a flood does not have to be a catastrophic event to be costly. Just a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Check out this interactive Cost of Flooding tool from to measure the financial impact a flood could have on your home.


  • Flood Safety Update

    FloodsBefore a Flood

    • Learn whether your home, school or place of work is at risk of flooding.
    • Find alternate routes to important locations.
    • Have a "Go Bag" ready.
    • Make a family communications plan.
    • If evacuation orders are issued in advance, follow them.

    During a Flood

    • Never drive or walk into flood waters.
    • If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
    • Get to higher ground.
    • Get information from local tv/radio or your mobile phone.

    After a Flood

    • Avoid damaged areas and flood waters.
    • Heed road closed and other cautionary signs.
    • Wait for the “all clear” to enter a flood damaged structure.
    • Contact your loved ones via text or social media to keep phone lines clear.


  • Preparedness for all Calamities - Stay Strong and Survive!

    Earthquakes in California - Well that was the idea, but seismic activity is up Globally in areas that never worried about Earthquakes before. Tornadoes & Hurricanes have been ravaging areas that previously weren't concerned with weather disasters. Wherever you are, you should be prepared to survive for at least 72 hours without outside services, better, have supplies and a plan to sustain your workplace or household for 5 days or longer (we learned this from Katrina!)

    Emergency preparedness is not the sole concern of Californians for earthquakes, those who live in "Tornado Alley"; or Gulf Coast residents because of hurricanes. Most communities may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime. Americans also travel more than ever before; to areas impacted by hazards they may not be at risk of near their homes. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

    Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Home & Auto Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Home & Auto

    Some of the basic protective actions are similar for multiple hazards. For example, safety is necessary when experiencing all hazards, whether this means sheltering or evacuating depends on the specific emergency. Developing a family communications plan or making an emergency supply kit are the same for accidental emergencies, natural disasters and also terrorism. However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that should impact the decisions you make and the actions you take.

    Here are some survival recommendations, plans, lists and ideas:

    Preparedness for All Hazards

    Emergency preparedness requires attention not just to specific types of hazards but also to steps that increase preparedness for any type of hazard. The resources below are intended to help professionals take an all-hazards approach to preparedness.

    Preppers know to be ready, but we all need our "Go Gear" - be ready when emergencies occur! Preppers know to be ready, but we all need our "Go Gear" - be ready when emergencies occur!
  • Severe El Niño Flood Risk: Residents Purchase 28,000 New Flood Insurance Policies in California

    28,084 New National Flood Insurance Program Policies Purchased in California since August!

    Both FEMA & California OES began warning Californians of the need to get Flood insurance toward the end of 2015.

    As the National Weather Service predicted heavy El Niño induced rainfall for drought-stricken California, authorities warned Californians to take precautions and get coverage for potential damage as these anticipated downpours ran off the depleted soil creating floods and mudslides.

    Lo and behold... somebody listened!

    FEMA just release new data showing that almost 30,000 households in the Golden State bought National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Policies in the latter part of the year - and just in time... a parade of storms caused by El Niño is currently battering the State.

    While California certain needs the rain (NASA says California needs 13 trillion gallons of rainfall to end the current drought) the problem is that so much rain after wildfires and a prolonged drought is likely to cause uncontrollable runoff and slides.

    What Causes Landslides and Mudslides?

    Landslides are caused by disturbances in the natural stability of a slope. They can happen after heavy rains, droughts, earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. Mudslides develop when water rapidly collects in the ground and results in a surge of water-soaked rock, earth and debris. Mudslides usually begin on steep slopes and can be triggered by natural disasters. Areas where wildfires or construction have destroyed vegetation on slopes are at high-risk landslides during and after heavy rains.


    So is this good news or bad? With California providing 80% of the Nation's wintertime produce, rain is a good thing, but such sudden and overwhelming rainfall isn't doing the soil much good, and is running off rather than filling the reservoirs and aquifers. So, let's be happy so many enrolled in the flood insurance programs in case they get caught in the deluge, but hope for a lighter or more dispersed rainfall for the sake of California safety and agriculture.

  • Have You Seen the Light?

    We are at the last day of the 4th week of National Preparedness Month.

    We hope you have taken some lessons from the articles shared each week... be ready so you can care for yourself and others around you - Disasters happen, but they don't have to be the end of the world as we know it... preparedness matters.

    Next week we'll focus on America's PrepareAthon, and how you can participate in this National Preparedness Event.


    National Preparedness Month Weekly Themes:

    Week 1: September 1-5 we focused on preparedness for Floods

    Week 2: September 6-12 we shared tips and strategies for Wildfire Safety

    Week 3: September 13-19 was the week we reviewed Hurricane Preparedness (not just a coastal issue!)

    Week 4: September 20-26 ending Today, has been Power Outage Safety and Tips

    Week 5: This coming week, September 27-30, will be the  Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30)

  • Flood-related injuries and death

    During Week 2 of National Preparedness Month, we are focusing on Wildfires., But take a look back at last week, too - did you consider your risk if flood? Flood-Risk-Map

    Flood-related injuries and deaths are often the result of individuals trapped in floodwaters. The best way to stay safe is to leave areas that flood and avoid floodwaters.

    Be ready for Floods:

  • Flooding: Are you Prepared?

    Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere. Protect yourself and your property, and take the steps now so that you can act quickly when you, your home, or your business is in danger. Here in the Week 1 of National Preparedness Month we're focusing on Floods:

    WHAT:  Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop.

    WHEN: Flooding can occur during any season, but some areas of the country are at greater risk at certain times of the year. Coastal areas are at greater risk for flooding during hurricane season (i.e., June to November), while the Midwest is more at risk in the spring and during heavy summer rains. Ice jams occur in the spring in the Northeast and Northwest. Even the deserts of the Southwest are at risk during the late summer monsoon season.Flood_3

    WHERE: Flooding can happen in any U.S. state or territory. It is particularly important to be prepared for flooding if you live in a low-lying area near a body of water, such as a river, stream, or culvert; along a coast; or downstream from a dam or levee.

    Flooding can occur in several ways, including the following.

    • Rivers and lakes cannot contain excessive rain or snowmelt. - Excessive rain or snowmelt cannot be fully absorbed into the ground.
    • Waterways are blocked with debris or ice and overflow.
    • Water containment systems break, such as levees, dams, or water or sewer systems.
    • Strong winds from tropical storms or hurricanes cause a storm surge by pushing seawater onto land. The speed and duration of flooding can vary significantly.

    The speed and duration of flooding can vary significantly.

    • Flooding can occur slowly as rain continues to fall for many days. This type of flooding, sometimes called a slow-onset flood, can take a week to develop and can last for months before floodwaters recede.
    • Rapid-onset floods occur more quickly, typically developing within hours or days. These types of floods usually occur in smaller watersheds experiencing heavy rainfall, particularly in mountainous and urban areas, and the water usually recedes within a few days.
    • Some rapid-onset floods known as flash floods occur very quickly with little or no warning, such as during periods of extremely heavy rain or when levees, dams, ice jams, or water systems break. Densely populated areas are at a high risk for flash floods. In urban areas, flash floods can fill underpasses, viaducts, parking structures, low roads, and basements.
    • The strong winds of a tropical cyclone or hurricane can push large amounts of seawater up onto the land, causing a storm surge. A storm surge combines with the ocean’s tide to produce a storm-tide surge. Storm-tide surges have been registered as high as almost 35 feet above normal sea level and can cause significant flooding across a large area. This generally occurs over a short period, typically 4 to 8 hours, but in some areas, it can take much longer for the water to recede to its pre-storm level.


    The physical destruction caused by flooding depends on the speed and level of the water, the duration of the flood, terrain and soil conditions, and the built environment (e.g., buildings, roads, and bridges).

    • Flooding can cause fatalities and serious injuries for people who are trapped or swept away by wading in, driving through, or boating across floodwaters.
    • Transportation routes, power, water, gas, and other services may be disrupted.
    • Commercial supplies and government support systems may be temporarily unavailable.
    • Drinking water supplies and wells may become polluted.
    • Floodwaters can cause erosion, which can damage roads, bridge structures, levees, and buildings with weak foundations, causing their collapse without warning. The floodwaters may carry the worn-away mud, rocks, and other sediment.
    • Landslides and mudslides can occur.
    • Even a few inches of floodwater in a home can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

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