Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Situation Awareness. ARC. Disaster Operations Update. October 9, 2018

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Disaster Operations Update - October 9, 2018

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The American Red Cross is preparing for its second large-scale hurricane relief effort in less than a month as Hurricane Michael moves toward Florida's Gulf Coast. This dangerous storm is still strengthening, and the Red Cross urges people in its path to obey evacuation orders and get ready now.
  • The Red Cross is also working with partners to prepare evacuation centers, trained disaster workers, relief supplies, vehicles and other equipment to help people in the affected area.
  • Right now, more than 500 disaster workers are traveling to the Gulf Coast to help. They will join hundreds of volunteers already on the ground. 
To find evacuation shelters in Florida, click here.
  • Click on the map and scroll in to Florida
  • Click on the square shelter icon to find the facility name, address. Navigate the information and if you see "EVAC," it is an evacuation center only. 
  • There is also a list of the evacuation centers and shelters below the map.
  • As people come to the center, you will see daily increases in the numbers at the center.
Definition of Evacuation Center:
Provides for the immediate needs of disaster survivors, typically for less than 72 hours
Provides basic life-sustaining services until the threat has passed, or until shelter residents transfer or transition to a Short-Term Shelter, including:
  • Basic food items or snacks (people are encouraged to bring their own food)
  • Hydration (generally water)
  • Basic medical care
  • Sanitation (restrooms)
  • Disaster-related information
  • Cots are typically not available. People are encouraged to bring sleeping bags, or mats to sleep on.
Hurricane Florence Public Story Map

We have created the Hurricane Florence Story Map  (Click on this link or copy it into your browser) that can be shared with everyone to provide information about how the American Red Cross is working with partners to support and comfort those affected by the storm. It also provides useful tips about what to do after a disaster and how people can help. This story map can be shared widely.
  • Several important key points to note:
    • Please use Chrome or Firefox when accessing the link
    • The information will be updated every 3-5 days
    • There is a Spanish version that can be accessed in the upper right corner
    • The story is mobile friendly
If you have questions about the tool, please reach out to April Wood at April.Wood@redcross.org

Situational Awareness Tool
Chrome or Firefox are the recommended browsers for this tool

As a trusted partner of the American Red Cross, we would like to share our Hurricane Florence Partner's Brief  and Hurricane Michael Partner's Brief (Click on the links or copy into browser) with current information. Please do not share these briefs with the general public. It is designed to help partners  have common situational awareness about emergencies.

If you have questions about the tool, please reach out to April Wood at April.Wood@redcross.org.

Take Time to Prepare
The American Red Cross urges everyone to make sure they are prepared for a disaster and not wait until an emergency occurs and it's too late. People should take steps now to be ready if an emergency occurs. It's critical that all members of one's household know what to do.

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You can download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on your mobile device.

If you need to find a shelter or evacuation center, you can visit redcross.org, check the Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-768-8048. This all-inclusive app also lets you monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, to help keep you and your loved ones safe. 
Text "GETEMERGENCY" to 90999 or download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store. 

The Dangers of Mass Crowd Panic. October 2018

The Dangers of Mass Crowd Panic

Recent incidents of mass crowd panic triggered by false reports of gunfire highlight the need for the
public to maintain situational awareness and follow guidelines to ensure personal safety. The National
Capital Region’s (NCR) crowded transit hubs—handling over 500,000 commuters daily—and large-scale special events that draw thousands of attendees present potential risks for crowd panic situations.

        This past weekend at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City, thousands of concert-goers rushed to exit the outdoor venue after false reports of gunshots. Law enforcement quickly notified the crowd to remain calm and that the noise was a barrier fence that fell.

        On August 26, two people were injured in Little Rock, Arkansas, after being trampled when 38,000 spectators began to flee from perceived ‘gunshots’ at the 2018 Salt Bowl football game. Spectators jumped over partitions onto the field to escape the perceived threat.
        In April 2017, 16 people were injured during a stampede in New York City’s Penn Station following a false report of gunfire. The noise that caused the panic was found to be a taser used by an NYPD law enforcement officer.

        In August 2016, mass crowd panics at JFK airport in New York and LAX airport in Los Angeles prompted travelers to flee terminals onto the tarmac. In both cases, loud noises were mistaken for gunshots. No injuries were reported in either incident. 

Public safety experts say false-alarm panic situations are as serious as real threats because fear can trigger crowds to stampede. The following tips are helpful guidelines for NCR residents and visitors to follow to stay safe in a panicked crowd situation.   

What to Do in a Crowd of Panicking People
Pick a “meet up” point with family and friends prior to an event;
Stay in communication with family and friends;
Remain calm and do not panic in the event of a panicked crowd situation;
Move with the crowd to avoid being trampled and injured;

Find shelter or cover, if possible;
• Find non-traditional escape routes and avoid choke point exits; and
Work your way to the edges of a panicked crowd, where there are less people

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