Emergency Management News

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Time to help FEMA

FEMA Seeks Input from Whole Community on National Planning Framework

FEMA is working with its Federal partners to update each of the National Planning Frameworks. The National Planning Frameworks, which are part of the National Preparedness System, set the strategy and doctrine for building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities identified in theNational Preparedness Goal.
As called for under Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (PPD-8), the goal sets a vision for preparedness, and states that “a secure and resilient Nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk,” and identifies the core capabilities necessary to achieve the goal.
FEMA is seeking input from the whole community on all five Frameworks, which cover the mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. The draft of each Framework and the comment forms can be found in the FEMA Resource and Document Library.
Please submit all comment forms to PPD8-Engagement@fema.dhs.gov byWednesday, June 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Where will you go when the time comes?

Evacuation Occasion

Fires and floods cause evacuations most frequently in the U.S. and almost every year, people who live along coastlines evacuate when a hurricane approaches. In some circumstances, local officials decide that hazards are serious and may require a mandatory evacuation. When community evacuations occur, local officials provide information mainly through media sources, although, sirens, text message alerts, emails, and automated telephone calls are also used. 
In addition, many disasters allow little to no time for people to gather basic supplies, so planning ahead is essential. Ready.gov offers tips to prepare your family for evacuation, including:
  • Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood. Use the Family Emergency Plan to decide these locations before a disaster;
  • Take your emergency supply kit unless you have reason to believe it has been contaminated;
  • If you have a car, keep a full tank of gas in it if an evacuation seems likely. Keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case of an unexpected need to evacuate. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages; and
  • If you do not have a car, plan how you will leave if you have to. Make arrangements with family, friends or your local government.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hurricane Season Begins Soon #Skywarn

National PrepareAthon! Day may be over, but the start of hurricane season is right around the corner.  The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs May 15 through November 30 while the Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30.
Now is a good time to become familiar with the hurricane-related notifications issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), including watches and warnings.
  • Hurricane Watch:  An announcement that sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are possible within a specified area. Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds. During a watch, tune in to your NOAA Weather Radio, local radio, or television for information and conduct outside preparedness activities. You can use the America’s PrepareAthon!How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide for help with storm preparations.
  • Hurricane Warning: An announcement that sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected within a specified area. Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds. During a warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.
Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, coastal and inland flooding, and storm surge.  According to NWS, storm surge produced by hurricanes is one of the greatest threats to life and property along the coast. To learn more about storm surge, take a look at this clip from the National Hurricane Center.

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