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  • FEMA Urges Residents in Dorian’s Path to Listen to Local Officials

    “We’re working with federal, state, tribal and local partners but we need people to do their part. Be prepared for what Dorian can do.” – FEMA Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor

     
    September 4, 2019

    • Dorian is bringing life-threatening storm surge and high winds to Florida.  Even without a landfall, there will be impacts and potential for damage along the East Coast.  Areas in Georgia and the Carolinas remain at risk as the storm continues northward.
    • Those who have time to finalize preparations and move to safer areas should do so as advised by state, local, and tribal officials.
    • As the storm passes, the public is advised to stay out of floodwaters – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!.  Residents who evacuated should remain where they are until local officials advise that it is safe to return.
    • FEMA has resources staged throughout the affected areas to provide support to states and tribes, if needed.

    Follow Instructions of Officials in Georgia and the Carolinas:

    • Don’t just focus on the center of the track; high wind, heavy rains and storm surge can bring down trees and knock out power in both inland and coastal areas.
    • Mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders are in effect along the coastal areas of Georgia and the Carolinas.  If you are under voluntary evacuation orders and are in a low-lying area, get out now.
    • All shelters managed by the Red Cross are accessible for people who have disabilities.
    • Medical shelters are open in North and South Carolina for those who need medical care. Medical shelters will open in other areas if needed.
    • Your state and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders and shelter locations:
    • If told to evacuate, evacuate.  Fill your gas tank, know your evacuation zones and routes, and stock your vehicle with emergency supplies for all family members including infants, toddlers and older adults.
    • Visit FEMA.gov/Hurricane-Dorian for additional tips and resources before, during and after the storm.  You can also download the FEMA app (in English or Spanish) for shelters, a checklist of emergency supplies, survival tips and weather alerts.

    Florida Residents, Don’t Return Until It’s Safe to Do So:

    • If you live in Florida and evacuated for Hurricane Dorian, do not return until told it is safe to do so by local authorities.
    • Though some evacuation orders have been lifted, continue to follow local officials’ direction.  Mandatory evacuations remain in effect in some areas as Dorian moves along Florida’s east coast.
    • The potential for flooding from Dorian remains a concern.  Remember: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!  Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
    • Check in with your neighbors when it is safe to do so.
    • Photograph or take a video of any damage before you start cleaning up.  If your property was damaged, contact your insurance company and file a claim.
    Dorian is bringing life-threatening storm surge and high winds to Florida.  Even without a landfall, there will be impacts and potential for damage along the East Coast.  Areas in Georgia and the Carolinas remain at risk as the storm continues northward.
    Those who have time to finalize preparations and move to safer areas should do so as advised by state, local, and tribal officials.
    As the storm passes, the public is advised to stay out of floodwaters – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!.  Residents who evacuated should remain where they are until local officials advise that it is safe to return.
    FEMA has resources staged throughout the affected areas to provide support to states and tribes, if needed.

    FEMA and Partners Ready to Support:

    • FEMA is maintaining a robust and flexible posture to support response efforts in multiple states, with staff deployed and ready to respond from Florida to the Carolinas.
    • The response to Dorian includes the whole of government and the whole community.  This is a team effort that includes state, tribal and local governments, private sector partners and non-governmental organizations like The Salvation Army and American Red Cross.
    • FEMA has staging areas throughout the Southeast stocked with food, water and other commodities.  Teams are in place to support local, state and tribal response needs, as requested.
    • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers positioned debris clearance staff and temporary power teams in FL, GA, SC and NC.
    • The Red Cross is coordinating to support evacuation centers with over 1,900 trained volunteers, 110 response vehicles, and 104 tractor-trailer loads full of supplies.
    • The Salvation Army remains ready with 75 mobile kitchens across the Southeast.

    Declarations:

    • On Tuesday, Sept. 3, President Trump approved North Carolina’s request for an Emergency Declaration allowing direct federal assistance for emergency and life-safety actions taken.  The declaration includes all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
    • President Trump has also approved Emergency Declarations for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, including the Catawba Indian Nation, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

    U.S. Aid to the Bahamas:

    • At the request of the Bahamian government, the United States is providing humanitarian assistance.  USAID has deployed a disaster response team to the Bahamas to lead the federal coordination of the U.S. government’s response on the ground.
    • USAID is airlifting commodities and provided initial funding to meet needs on the ground.
    • The U.S. Coast Guard, in coordination with the Department of State, has a mutual aid agreement with the Bahamas and is assisting with search and rescue missions.
    • The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army are in the Bahamas assisting survivors with emergency sheltering and other immediate needs.
  • FEMA Urges Residents in Dorian's Path to Finalize Preparations

    “Don't tough it out. Get out. Save your life. Save the life of your family. Make the smart choice today because the clock is ticking.” Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor

    Dorian Hits Florida while Fernand Threatens Northern Mexico & Southern Texas
    • Even though the storm’s category changed overnight, Dorian is still expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and high winds from Florida to the Carolinas over the next few days. Even without a landfall, there may be significant impacts and damage along the East Coast.
    • Don’t tough it out, get out! Mandatory evacuations are in place in parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
    • Be prepared to evacuate if you haven’t already. Fill your gas tank, know your evacuation zones and routes, and stock your vehicle with emergency supplies for several days, including: including water and food, prescriptions, first aid products and toiletries.
    • Hurricane Dorian is a big storm, and federal, state and tribal governments are prepared for a big response. FEMA and our partners have resources from South Florida to North Carolina to be ready to respond to state requests for support.
    • Download the FEMA app (in English or Spanish) for directions to shelters, a checklist of emergency supplies, survival tips and weather alerts.
    • Visit FEMA.gov/Hurricane-Dorian for additional tips, information and resources useful before, during and after the storm.

    FLORIDA RESIDENTS: EVACUATE OR SHELTER IN PLACE AND STAY SAFE

    • Life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds will begin impacting Florida today. Monitor media reports and follow the direction of your local officials.
    • Flooding is a key risk with this storm. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
    • Florida has issued mandatory evacuation orders for a number of counties along its east coast as well as voluntary or phased evacuation orders for several additional counties.

     GEORGIA, SOUTH CAROLINA AND NORTH CAROLINA: FINALIZE YOUR PLANS AND PREPARATIONS NOW 

    • This is a slow moving and powerful hurricane that can change rapidly – continue to pay attention to Dorian’s forecast. Don’t just focus on the center of the track as only a slight deviation of the forecast could bring Dorian even closer to the coastline.
    • Residents in Georgia and the Carolinas should be completing preparedness efforts and following the guidance from officials in your area.
    • Mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders are in effect Georgia and the Carolinas. Your state and local officials will have the most up-to-date information on evacuation orders and shelter locations:

    FEMA AND PARTNERS POSITIONED FOR ROBUST, FLEXIBLE RESPONSE

    • FEMA is maintaining a robust and flexible posture to support response efforts in multiple states.  This is a team effort that includes private partners and non-governmental organizations like The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.
    • FEMA has staging areas throughout the Southeast: Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Georgia, Warner Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina.
    • The Red Cross is coordinating to support evacuation centers with over 1,600 trained volunteers, 110 response vehicles, and 99 tractor-trailer loads full of supplies.
    • The Salvation Army is ready with more than 70 mobile kitchens from eight states.

    DECLARATIONS

    • North Carolina Governor Ray Cooper requested an emergency declaration as a result of Hurricane Dorian beginning on Sept. 1. The request is pending.
    • President Trump approved emergency declarations for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, including the Catawba Indian Nation, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

    U.S. AID TO THE BAHAMAS

    • DHS and FEMA leadership are closely monitoring the situation in the Bahamas and remain in coordination with leadership from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
    • USAID is in contact with the government of the Bahamas to determine immediate needs.
    • The U.S. Coast Guard, in coordination with the Department of State, has a mutual aid agreement with the Bahamas to provide resources and assist in search and rescue missions.
    • The American Red Cross has resources and staff in place in the Bahamas and stands ready to assist survivors with emergency sheltering and other immediate needs.
  • 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.

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