Wednesday, August 30, 2017

FEMA Official Emergency and Disaster Declaration information.

Please refer to the following FEMA website for initial information on the current Disaster Declaration in Texas, and the Emergency Declaration for Louisiana.

Additional information on FEMA, State, County websites and information to follow on response, recovery, and mitigation for both significant events.

Due to the nature and severity of these events of 'national significance' the Department of Homeland Security are constantly review the effects of these events on the 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors listed below.  the  national critical infrastructure protection.

Separately, daily conference calls are held with DHS Critical Infrastructure Sectors members, and FEMA on status response and recovery.  

Additional information to be forwarded when received.

BEMA International 

Incident period: August 23, 2017
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 25, 2017

Incident period: August 27, 2017
Emergency Declaration declared on August 28, 2017

Department of Homeland Security.  Critical Infrastructure Security
-16 Critical Infrastructures....16 critical infrastructure sectors 

August 30, 2017. Increase Preparedness in our Communities

BEMA International members (Gulf Coast, Eastern Seaboard Region, other regions):

The current crisis affecting our communities in the Houston, Texas area has become the major focus for response, and recovery within the U.S.

Recommend to all members in the Gulf, Eastern Seaboard Region, and coastal areas to increase awareness, preparedness, and planning for natural disasters in your local communities.

TEST mass notifications and alert systems, use your local media sources in promoting disaster\emergency preparedness and planning. 

REVIEW you plans for vulnerable populations, and sheltering.

REVIEW with local telecommunications, and cell phone providers for continuation of service for the public for unpaid services with pre-paid and other plans.  Many individuals use their cell phones as their sole means of communication for information, and contact with family and friends.  Plan for a waiver period if emergency disaster declaration is declared.

INCREASE tempo for one, or two-day business continuity, and community preparedness education & training with CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training.

INCREASE awareness, and education\training in local K12, and higher education colleges & universities.

PLAN for minimum and worst case scenarios in table-top, and planned exercises in your communities

Black Emergency Managers Association 
1231  Good Hope Road  S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20020
Office:   202-618-9097 
bEMA International 

Heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight but, while their companions slept, they were toiling upward in the night.        Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and  Partnering (C5&P)             A 501 (c) 3 organization.

Scholarship opportunity for asylum seekers. Immigrant CERT awareness, education & training.

Our link to the West Coast Los Angeles Immigrant Community.

Additionally we are promoting with all BEMA International members with a large immigrant community CERT (community emergency response team) awareness, education & training to prepare our 'whole community' to address planning, preparing, responding, and recovery from disasters.

BEMA International

The African Coalition is collaborating with Hearts of Mercy ( a non-profit ) organization, in bringing education opportunity for refugees and asylum seekers. Hearts of Mercy is working hard advocating  and supporting asylum seekers' education dream. 

Currently, Hearts of Mercy at UCI is launching a scholarship fund to provide financial grants to asylum seekers who are incoming or continuing students admitted at a University of California campus.

If you are / or know  an asylum seeker looking to complete your higher education at a UC campus please contact Senait Admassu ( or Iman Siddiqi (

Please visit Hearts of Mercy's FB page:

Senait Admassu
African Communities Public Health Coalition
3731 Stocker St. Suite 211
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Office : (213) 909-0885


U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Private Sector Division/National Business Operations Center

 Private Sector Advisory 

August 29, 2017
The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Please follow a few important guidelines below to ensure your support can be the most helpful for Tropical Storm Harvey disaster survivors.

The most effective way to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations.

Cash donations offer voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location. This inflow of cash also pumps money back into the local economy and helps local businesses recover faster.
Please do not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs at this time. When used personal items are donated, the helping agencies must redirect their staff away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Donate through a trusted organization.  At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. Individuals, corporations, and volunteers, can learn more about how to help on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website.
In addition to the national members, The Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations providing services to survivors.  Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.    


The State of Texas is asking volunteers to not self-deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders.
The National VOAD has also noted the situation may not be conducive to volunteers entering the impacted zone and individuals may find themselves turned away by law enforcement.

To ensure volunteer safety, as well as the safety of disaster survivors, volunteers should only go into affected areas with a specific volunteer assignment, proper safety gear, and valid identification.

At this time, potential volunteers are asked to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in Texas and supporting survivors on the ground.

The National and Texas VOAD websites are offering links to those who wish to register to volunteer with community- and faith-based organizations working in the field.

Most importantly, please be patient. Although the need is great, and desire to help strong, it is important to avoid donating material goods or self-deploying to help until communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific unmet needs are.
Volunteer generosity helps impacted communities heal from the tragic consequences of disasters, but recovery lasts much longer than today. There will be volunteer needs for many months, and years, after the disaster, so sign up now.
Tropical Storm Harvey is still dangerous, with the potential to impact additional areas of Texas and Louisiana. As the situation changes, needs may also change in these areas. Continue monitoring traditional and social media channels to learn more.

Follow FEMA online at and  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at