Emergency Management News

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Have you 72 Hours of Supplies?

Build A Kit InfographicDo you have emergency supplies to last your family at least 72 hours in the event of an emergency?

After a disaster or emergency, local officials and relief workers are not always able to reach everyone immediately. An emergency situation may impact the ability of emergency responders to reach you and your loved ones. It is a good idea to plan for the loss of basic services, such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones for at least 72-hours at minimum. Having non-perishable food, water, and medical supplies for several days is even better.  Your supply kit should contain certain items to help you manage during these outages. The items listed below are a great starting point. You may also need to consider medications and food for pets.

Ready.gov recommends a basic emergency supply kit with the following items:
·         Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
·         Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food (food that does not need refrigeration).
·         Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
·         Flashlight and extra batteries.
·         First aid kit.
·         Whistle to signal for help.
·         Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
·         Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
·         Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
·         Manual can opener for food.
·         Local maps.
·         Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger.

Once you build or update your emergency kit, take a moment and register your preparedness activity on www.ready.gov/prepare.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the draft Continuity Guidance Circular, which guides whole community efforts to develop and maintain the capability to ensure continuity of operations, continuity of government, and enduring constitutional government during an emergency that disrupts normal operations.  The draft document is now beginning a 30-day National Engagement period. National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft documents to ensure that the final document reflects the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. The National Engagement period will conclude at 5:00 pm EDT on July 5, 2017.
The draft Continuity Guidance Circular (CGC) released today describes federal and non-federal continuity efforts; outlines whole community continuity roles, responsibilities, and coordinating structures; and describes the process for building and maintaining capabilities to ensure the performance of essential functions and delivery of critical services and core capabilities.
Many jurisdictions and organizations already have an existing continuity program and plan, and will use the Circular to refine capabilities and processes. 
FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to describe the draft document and answer participants’ questions about providing feedback.  All webinars are open to the whole community.
To review the draft Continuity Guidance Circular, and to obtain additional webinar information, visit www.fema.gov/continuity-guidance-circular.  To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-CGC@fema.dhs.gov.
After feedback is incorporated from the national engagement period and the CGC is finalized, FEMA will apply the principles and concepts from the CGC to update continuity training and other supporting materials, tools and templates.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Are you #RedCrossReady for #OKflood?

Be Red Cross Ready: Returning Home After a Hurricane or Flood 
Preparing to return home after evacuating will keep you safer while inspecting and cleaning up the damage to your home. Before traveling, ensure local officials have declared that it’s safe to enter your community and that you have the supplies you will need. Follow the suggestions below for returning to, inspecting and cleaning your home.
Items to Take When Returning Home:
 Government-issued photo ID and proof of address
 Important phone numbers
 Bottled water and non-perishable foods
 First aid kit
 Cleanser/ hand cleaning gel for personal use
 Hygiene products and toilet paper
 Insect repellent and sunscreen
 Long sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy waterproof boots and work gloves
 Flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries
 Cameras for photos of damage for insurance claims
Before Returning Find out if it is safe to enter your community or neighborhood. Follow the advice of your local authorities.
 Carry plenty of cash. ATMs may not work and stores may not be able to accept credit or debit cards.
 Bring supplies such as flashlights, batteries, bottled water and nonperishable foods in case utilities are out.
 Create back-up communication plans with family and friends in case you are unable to call from affected areas.
 Plan for delays when traveling. Bring extra food, water, pillows, blankets and other items that will make the trip more comfortable. Keep the fuel tank of your vehicle as full as possible in case gas stations are crowded, out of fuel or closed.
 Carry a map to help you route around heavy traffic or impassable roads.
 Find out if local medical facilities are open and if emergency services are functioning again. Do NOT call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number to do this.
 Understand that recovery takes time. Focus on the positive and have patience. Others will have similar frustrations.
First Inspection If possible, leave children and pets with a relative or friend. If not, keep them away from hazards and floodwater.
 Beware of rodents, snakes, insects and other animals that may be on your property or in your home.
 Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines, foundation cracks and other exterior damage. It may be too dangerous to enter the home.
 Smell for gas. If you smell natural gas or propane, or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and contact the fire department.
 If your home was flooded, assume it is contaminated with mold. Mold increases health risks for those with asthma, allergies or other breathing conditions.
 Open doors and windows. Let the house air out before staying inside for any length of time if the house was closed for more than 48 hours.
 Turn the main electrical power and water systems off until you or a professional can ensure that they are safe. NEVER turn the power on or off, or use an electrical tool or appliance while standing in water.
 Check the ceiling and floor for signs of sagging. Water may be trapped in the ceiling or floors may be unsafe to walk on.
Using Generators Safely
 When using a portable generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a portable generator to a home's electrical system.
 If you are considering getting a generator, get advice from a professional, such as an electrician. Make sure that the generator you purchase is rated for the power that you think you will need.
Cleaning Your Home Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
 Be careful when moving furnishings or debris since they may be water logged and heavier.
 Throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to flood waters and mud, including canned goods and containers with food or liquid that have been sealed shut. When in doubt, throw it out.
 Some cleaning solutions can cause toxic fumes and other hazards if mixed together. If you smell a strong odor or your eyes water from the fumes or mixed chemicals, open a window and get out of your home.
 Throw out items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected (e.g. mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals and baby toys).
 Remove all drywall and insulation that has been in contact with flood waters.
 Clean hard surfaces (e.g. flooring, countertops and appliances) thoroughly with hot water and soap or a detergent.
 Return to as many personal and family routines as possible.
Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace, or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
 The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electric shock and fire.
Let Your Family Know You’re Safe If your community has experienced a flood, or any disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well Web site, available through RedCross.org, to let your family and friends know about your welfare. You may also call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.