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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.

    STAY ALERT AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS OF OFFICIALS IN NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA

    • 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 FEMA.gov/Hurricane-Dorian for additional tips and resources.

    SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS: DON'T RETURN HOME UNTIL IT'S SAFE TO DO SO

    • 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.

    FEMA, FEDERAL AGENCIES REMAIN FOCUSED ON DORIAN

    • 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.

    DECLARATIONS

    • 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.

    USAID ON AID TO THE BAHAMAS

    • 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 cidi.org for information on how the public can support relief in the Bahamas.
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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.

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