Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Septermber 5, 2017. Recovery. Texas. Hurricane Harvey.

US Department of Homeland Security - Federal Emergency Management Agency

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Four Counties

Release date: 
September 5, 2017
Release Number: 
AUSTIN, Texas – Four State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open: one in Jackson County in the city of Edna, one in Harris County in the city of Houston, one in Colorado County in the city of Columbus, and another in Fayette County in the city of La Grange.
Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 32 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.
Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other interests will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new centers are at these locations:
George R. Brown Convention Center 
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX  77010

Cowboy Memorial Football Stadium
1303 West Gayle St.
Edna, TX 77957

Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Colorado County Services Facility
305 Radio Lane
Columbus, TX  78934

Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m

Randolph Recreation-Activity Center
653 East Pearl Street
La Grange, TX  78945

Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.
Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.
If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:
The following information is helpful when registering:
  • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
  • Current mailing address.
  • Current telephone number.
  • Insurance information.
  • Total household annual income.
  • Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
  • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.
Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.
 “Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton may be eligible for help.”
Hurricane Harvey Resource and Info Pages
Texas Harvey disaster page: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4332
Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey-rumor-control
Hurricane Harvey disaster page: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disasterDeaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.
Last Updated: 
September 5, 2017 - 18:42
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FEMA Daily Operations Brief for September 5, 2017

Significant Activity for September 4-5, 2017

Significant Events
                    Response to Harvey; 
                    Hurricane Irma Preparation

Tropical Activity:

        •  Atlantic – Hurricane Irma (CAT 5); Disturbance 1 – High (90%);
                  Disturbance 2 – Medium (70%)

        •  Eastern Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 5 days

        •  Central Pacific – No tropical cyclones expected next 48 hours 

        •  Western Pacific – No activity affecting U.S. interests

Significant Weather:  

        •  Slight Risk of Severe Thunderstorms – Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast
        •  Red Flag Warnings – OR, ID & WA
        •  Space weather:
            ○  Past 24 hours: MODERATE; Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level occurred.                    Solar radiation storms reaching the S2 level occurred. Radio blackouts reaching the                  R2 level occurred
            ○  Next 24 hours: MINOR; Solar radiation storms reaching the S1 level are expected.

Radio blackouts reaching the R1 level are expected

Earthquake Activity: 

             No significant activity

Declaration Activity: 
              Amendment No. 5 to FEMA-4332-DR-TX

Our Whole Community Involvement during disasters. 2017

As Hurricane Irma approaches the South and Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. notifications should be going out to those in its’ path, last minute education & training should be an on-going process with information on shelter management and staffing.

The following information listed below on shelter management with the American Red Cross system, and last minute disaster education from our archives in 2012 to the present should be of help and assistance in understanding what will be taking place during the crisis. 

For our immigrant community members throughout the U.S. you are part of the ‘whole community’ and must be at the table as part of the entire process from preparedness, planning, response, and recovery.  “You are needed!”.

Our intent at BEMA International is not to add to the confusion, re-invent the wheel in education, training, and awareness for crisis events, but to enhance and ensure that our membership and other programs get to those in need before, during, and after a crisis.

Ensure lines of communications are established with family, friends, and loved ones.  Take the time to check on friends in senior citizen living facilities.  Ensure that our ‘whole community’ members are aware of the danger and threat of this oncoming natural crisis.

“A life cannot be replaced.  A car, a home, and material things can.”


Charles D. Sharp
Black Emergency Managers Association
Washington, D.C.

American Red Cross Shelter Management System

National Shelter System.  Shelter Information Management
The Red Cross National Shelter System (NSS) contains information for over 56,000 potential shelter facilities and is used to track and report shelter information during disasters.  This powerful tool enables emergency managers and disaster workers to identify the location, managing agency, capacity, current population, and other relevant information of all shelters operated in response to disasters.
NSS information assists the Red Cross, FEMA, state and local emergency management, and non-government organizations in developing strategies to ensure prompt and effective mass care services.  The system also serves as a planning tool before disaster strikes.

2012  Disaster Training

   (NOTE:  Contact Lott Carey, or local ARC chapter to determine if this training can be conducted in your area.)

Lott Carey Disaster Training being conducted by the American Red Cross (ARC).

Friday, April 27, 1 - 5 and Saturday, April 28, 9 - 1. 

It's one course just split into two parts; attendees will have to participate in both parts

The cost is $25 to cover meals and snacks. 

Our goal is be able to certify teams to be mobilized for local, regional and national disasters. Upon completion of next weekends training and a background check, those trained will become a part of the ARC Disaster Services Resources (DSHR) network of volunteers and will be able to begin preparations for the creation of distribution and feeding centers in our local churches throughout the mid-Atlantic area.

We have a network of individuals and churches trained in Louisiana and will be expanding program throughout the U.S. where our network of churches and partners are located. We are engaging ARC and FEMA in the process of positioning the African American Church to be prepared to respond proactively, efficiently and effectively to local, regional and national disasters.   

1. Disaster Overview
2. Community Services
2. Organizing the Shelter
3. Operating the Shelter
Shelter Operations in the Field:
a. Assigning Key Responsibilities
b. Shelter Manager Responsibilities
c. Registration Responsibilities
d. Dormitory Management Responsibilities
e. Providing Information
f.  Disaster Health Services
g. Other Client Services Responsibilities
h. Communications Responsibilities
i.  Staff and Volunteer Recruitment and Placement
j.  Material support
k. Assisting People with Disabilities
l.  Working with the Media
m. Donations
n.  Forms
o.  Closing of Shelter

The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

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