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Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Need Urgent Aid Now to Avert Public Health Crises

ISDA

“…..Infectious disease risks in the wake of these hurricanes include exposures to waterborne pathogens, the spread of infections in crowded shelters, food-borne illnesses, mosquito-borne infections and mold-related illnesses. Reliable access to medicines for patients with HIV and tuberculosis is also critical to preventing treatment disruptions that increase patients’ risks of serious illness, disease progression, and to avoid the emergence of drug-resistance or transmission of these infections.  Health workers in the affected areas struggle with shortages of antibiotics and hydration solutions, and they are bracing for potential infectious disease outbreaks.  Ensuring that basic needs are met including access to clean water, safe food and sanitation as essential for infection control. …..”

Pinpointing Where the Lights Went Out in Puerto Rico

The images above show lighting around San Juan, capital of the commonwealth; the images below show the entire island. One image in each pair shows a typical night before Maria made landfall, based upon cloud-free and low moonlight conditions; the second image is a composite that shows light detected by VIIRS on the nights of September 27 and 28, 2017. By compositing two nights, the image has fewer clouds blocking the view. (Note: some clouds still blocked light emissions during the two nights, especially across southeastern and western Puerto Rico.) The images above show widespread outages around San Juan, including key hospital and transportation infrastructure.

 

 


EPA is continuing to coordinate with local governments in Puerto Rico and the USVI to assess the conditions of drinking water.

EPA

EPA Hurricane Maria Update for Wednesday, October 11th

10/11/2017
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WASHINGTON (October 11, 2017) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to coordinate closely with federal, commonwealth, territory, and local partners as the Agency responds to the impact of Hurricane Maria. EPA is focused on environmental impacts and potential threats to human health as well as the safety of those in the affected areas.  EPA is continuing to coordinate with local governments in Puerto Rico and the USVI to assess the conditions of drinking water, which includes sampling, analysis and lab support, and getting wastewater treatment systems up and running. EPA’s missions also include oil and chemical spill response, oil and chemical facility assessments and debris management.

There are reports of residents obtaining, or trying to obtain, drinking water from wells at hazardous waste “Superfund” sites in Puerto Rico.  EPA advises against tampering with sealed and locked wells or drinking from these wells, as it may be dangerous to people’s health.

EPA has collaborated with FEMA and the Department of Defense on a video documenting our drinking water assessment teams’ work. The video shows EPA teams at sites in Caguas and Yabucoa, Puerto Rico that are without power and need generators to get up and running. EPA is working with FEMA and local municipalities to get the drinking water wells functioning.

EPA and partners assessing non-PRASA drinking water system, Cañabón, Puerto Rico. EPA and partners assessing non-PRASA drinking water system, Cañabón, Puerto Rico. Photo courtesy of EPA.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, at the request of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and in consultation with U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, today waived certain parts of the Clean Air Act to allow for the continued use of heating oil and marine fuel designated for use in Emission Control Areas that exceed the 15 parts per million sulfur standard for mobile non-road generators and pumps used for emergency purposes in Puerto Rico. This waiver is effective immediately and will continue through October 30, 2017. Any non-ultra low sulfur diesel fuel authorized under this waiver and remaining in a mobile non-road generator or pump after October 30, 2017, may continue to be used until the fuel has been consumed

Personnel
EPA continues to deploy personnel to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as conditions allow. As of October 10, 2017:

  • About 236 personnel are currently involved in hurricane response efforts.
  • About 48 personnel are on the ground in USVI to assist with response efforts.
  • About 89 personnel are on the ground in Puerto Rico to assist with response efforts.

Debris Management
EPA continues to work with FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Puerto Rico and USVI governments on debris management. EPA will assist with the handling and disposal of orphan containers, household hazardous waste, medical waste and e-waste. EPA plans to conduct air monitoring at collection areas and during all hazardous materials operations.

Marine Operations
EPA is working with the US Coast Guard on marine operations to assess sunken vessels on the eastern coast of Puerto Rico and USVI. Teams will locate and evaluate the condition of sunken vessels and assist with the disposal of recovered oil and hazardous materials.

Assessment of Superfund Sites, Oil Sites and Regulated Facilities
EPA continues to re-assess Superfund sites, oil sites, and chemical facilities in both Puerto Rico and the USVI to determine if the sites were affected by Hurricane Maria and if there is a potential for contamination to cause off-site impacts.

Drinking Water and Wastewater Management
In USVI, EPA continues to coordinate drinking water sampling with the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Natural Resources. In Puerto Rico, the EPA continues to focus on assessing both drinking water and wastewater systems and continues to work closely with the government of Puerto Rico.

Water Safety
Raw sewage continues to be released into waterways and is expected to continue until repairs can be made and power is restored. Water contaminated with livestock waste, human sewage, chemicals, and other contaminants can lead to illness when used for drinking, bathing, and other hygiene activities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people should not use the water from rivers, streams and coastal water to drink, bathe, wash, or to cook with unless first boiling this water for a minimum of one minute. If boiling the water is not possible, water may be disinfected with bleach. To learn more about making water safe in an emergency, go to CDC’s Making Water Safe in an Emergency web page.

For information and updates, visit: https://www.epa.gov/hurricane-maria.


FEMA SitRep: California Wildfires (10/12/17)

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Current Situation 18 large fires burning (FMAGs issued for 10) across 150k acres of state and private land.

Impacts: • 24 confirmed fatalities (CalOES law enforcement) • Approximately 106k people under Mandatory Evacuations • 36,513 (+3,100) homes threatened; 94 (+44) damaged / 1,313 (+168) destroyed •

Within existing fire perimeters: Population 26,270, 2 mobile home parks, 12 schools, 10 emergency medical services, 10 fire stations, 5 NSS shelters, 13 nursing homes, 3 cell towers •

50k customers without power and 36k without gas

(FEMA Reg IX) State/Local Response: • Governor declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Lake, Solano, Mendocino, Nevada, Orange, and Yuba counties • CA EOC at Partial Activation • 59 Red Cross and independent shelters open with 5,117 (+2.8k) occupants (ESF-6 as of 3:30 a.m. EDT) FEMA Response: • DR-4344-CA and 10 FMAGs approved • Region IX IMAT-1 & LNO deployed to CA EOC • Staging Area established at Travis AFB


FEMA SitRep for Puerto Rico and USVI: 10/12/17

FEMA

Hurricane Update – Caribbean Current Situation Life safety and life sustainment efforts in PR and USVI ongoing.

Passing showers possible for eastern PR and USVI.

Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for PR through this evening.

Impacts Population: • Shelters: 107 (-1) open with 5,602 (-140) occupants in PR; 5 open with 339 occupants in USVI •

Disaster Assistance Registrations: 370k in PR; 9k in USVI

Communications: • PR: 22% of cell towers operational; 64% of the Puerto Rico population live in areas where wireless coverage is available for voice and text messages • USVI: 45% of cell towers operational (St. Thomas: 50%; St. John: no cell sites operational; St. Croix: 48%); St. John being serviced by temporary Wi-Fi hot spots and personal MiFi devices

Power: • Restoration: PR: 10.6% have electricity; PREPA is reporting that the failure of tie line that caused the generation plant to go down October 10 has been repaired; USVI: 14.4% St. Thomas; 0% St. John; 12% St. Croix on power grid; 90% of the USVI to be restored by late December

Generators: PR: 70 installed; 135 available; 365 en route; USVI: 55 generators installed, 50 available; 39 en route

Health and Medical: • PR: 65 out of 67 hospitals open; 36 hospitals connected to power grid, 29 on generator power; USNS Comfort is en route to Arecibo and is subsequently scheduled to move to Aguadilla • USVI: USVI Department of Health (DOH) is without power; public health clinic co-located at the DOH is closed and vaccine supply located at the facility affected; ESF-8 working with DOH to assess damage to vaccine supply. St. Croix: Charles Harwood Hospital and Governor Juan Luis Hospital damaged; partially open; St. Thomas: Schneider Medical Center damaged; established mobile medical facility

FEMA Response • NRCC: Level I (day shift), Enhanced Watch (night shift) • National IMAT East-2: Deployed to PR • FEMA Region II & X IMATs: Deployed to USVI • FEMA Region III IMAT: Deployed to PR • MERS teams deployed to both USVI & PR


Hurricane Maria: Federal Response Timeline

Sunday, September 17 – Pre-Landfall •	FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) remains fully activated with all emergency support functions operational, including Department of Defense (DoD) liaisons.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	FEMA has a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) and Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) co-located with the Governor on St. Croix, as well as liaisons on St. John and St. Thomas that will remain in place throughout the storm’s potential landfall.•	FEMA has an FCO and Incident Management Assistance Team co-located with key staff from the Caribbean Area Division at the FEMA Distribution Center in Puerto Rico, who will remain in place throughout the storm’s potential landfall.•	DoD Civil Authority Information Support Element (CAISE) assisting with communication and outreach support to communities in the U.S. Virgin Islands.•	The U.S. Army Area Support Medical Company and the U.S. Air Force Ground Surgical Team operating in St. Thomas are sheltering aboard the amphibious ship USS Kearsarge and will return to U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria passes.•	The Department of Transportation, through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is working on the relocation and protection of the mobile air traffic control tower at St. Thomas airport ahead of the storm. •	The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is prepositioning assets in Puerto Rico, including storm surge and rapid deployment gauges, to support water-level measurements and flood forecasting.•	FEMA temporarily repositions the remainder of the federal employees in the U.S. Virgin Islands in order to resume operations as quickly as possible, while also freeing shelter resources for island residents.  •	DoD, including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), personnel deployed to support Hurricane Irma response efforts will ride out the storm on the USS Kearsarge just off the coast of the islands. They will be ready to continue existing operations as soon as the storm passes.Monday, September 18 – Pre-Landfall•	FEMA’s NRCC is fully activated with all emergency support functions operational.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	President Donald J. Trump issues federal emergency declarations for the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in advance of Hurricane Maria’s landfall.•	FEMA and federal personnel remain co-located with the Governor on St. Croix, as well as liaisons on St. John and St. Thomas that will remain in place.  FEMA and federal personnel also remain in place and in close coordination with the Governor of Puerto Rico.  •	Two Type 1 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) teams, two canine teams, one logistics package, and one Type 4 US&R team in Puerto Rico.•	FEMA’s efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands include an increased push of commodities over the last several days to Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) points of distribution to ensure residents have extra food, water, and supplies ahead of the storm. •	U.S. Virgin Islands has six open shelters, with additional shelters scheduled to open prior to the storm’s potential landfall.Tuesday, September 19 – Storm Approaches Landfall in U.S. Virgin Islands•	FEMA’s NRCC is fully activated with all emergency support functions operational.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	FEMA and federal personnel remain co-located with the Governor on St. Croix, as well as liaisons on St. John and St. Thomas that will remain in place.  FEMA and federal personnel also remain in place and in close coordination with the Governor of Puerto Rico.  •	One Type 4 FEMA US&R team and one canine team to arrive in Puerto Rico.•	The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) deploys one Disaster Medical Assistance Team to Puerto Rico.Wednesday, September 20 – Storm Makes Landfall in Puerto Rico•	FEMA’s NRCC is fully activated with all emergency support functions operational.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	President Donald J. Trump issues major disaster declarations for the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.•	FEMA and federal personnel remain co-located with the Governor on St. Croix, as well as liaisons on St. John and St. Thomas that will remain in place.  FEMA and federal personnel also remain in place and in close coordination with the Governor of Puerto Rico.  •	HHS activates National Disaster Medical System Definitive Care Reimbursement Program, which reimburses medical facilities and hospitals for the medical care costs of patients medically evacuated following disasters.•	Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is coordinating airlift and deployment of four Quick Response Teams to San Juan post landfall to conduct forecasted security measures.Thursday, September 21 – Post-Landfall•	FEMA’s NRCC is fully activated with all emergency support functions operational.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	There are more than 3,500 federal staff on the ground in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands supporting response and recovery operations from Hurricanes Maria and Irma.•	Two FEMA US&R task forces and support resources are in Puerto Rico conducting reconnaissance and search and rescue. An additional team is on St. Croix conducting search and rescue and reconnaissance. •	Commodities in FEMA’s Puerto Rico Distribution Center include more than 274,000 meals, 25 generators, and more than 500 cots. •	USACE completes a Blue Roof install on Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. Additionally, USACE has 27 generators on hand in St. Thomas with additional commodities to be delivered when conditions permit.•	HHS declares a public health emergency in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Four additional DMATs will arrive in Puerto Rico on September 22.•	Vessels are loaded for U.S. Virgin Islands with 1.3million meals, 2 million liters water, 30 generators, 6,000 cots.•	There are six U.S. Navy helicopters stationed and three Marine Osprey aircraft in the Caribbean.•	More than 700 National Guard are mobilized to Puerto Rico and more than 900 National Guard are mobilized to the U.S. Virgin Islands.•	Western Area Power Administration, in coordination with Department of Energy, deploys an eight-member advance team in Puerto Rico.•	Department of Interior Office of Law Enforcement has 50 personnel in Puerto Rico.•	Air support (MH-60s) and other assets from the amphibious ships USS Kearsage and USS Oak Hill  begin performing search and rescue flights and aerial damage assessments over U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and assist with restoration of damaged airfields.Friday, September 22•	FEMA’s NRCC is fully activated with all emergency support functions operational.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	There are more than 7,000 federal staff, including 280 FEMA staff, on the ground in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands supporting response and recovery operations from Hurricanes Maria and Irma. •	Four FEMA US&R teams and support resources are in Puerto Rico, and one US&R team is in U.S. Virgin Islands conducting reconnaissance and search and rescue. These task forces assist in the rescue of 65 individuals, searching 45 buildings. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is conducting search and rescue operations in St. Croix, and in the surrounding waters. •	National Guard Bureau (NGB) has 1,600 service members in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.•	Vessels loaded with commodities are arriving or awaiting port opening and clearance with an air bridge to deliver commodities to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  •	More than 70 Federal Law Enforcement Officers are in San Juan supporting search and rescue and medical teams. Three ATF Quick Response Teams (QRT) are arriving to join the four QRTs operating in San Juan.•	USACE and other supporting agencies have completed several temporary power installs on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and completed nearly 100 inspections. Additional generator support is en route. USACE has 120 responders in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.•	The General Services Administration (GSA) is assessing 80 leased/owned properties.•	USS Kearsarge/26th Expeditionary Unit Amphibious Ready Group (MEU ARG) aircraft including helicopters and MV-22s, continue damage assessments over the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and complete patient evacuation movements from St. Croix to nearby facilities.Saturday, September 23•	FEMA’s NRCC is fully activated with all emergency support functions operational.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	The Department of Transportation announces three airports are open for military and relief flights in Puerto Rico and two airports open for military and relief flights in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  One port is open with restrictions in Puerto Rico and five ports are open with restrictions in the U.S. Virgin Islands.•	Support for federal response continues from the amphibious ships USS Kearsage and USS Oak Hill including search and rescue flights, aerial damage assessments, logistics support and route clearance for U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.•	There are six commercial barges transporting meals, water, generators, cots and other commodities to Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. •	The SS Wright is carrying 1.1 million meals and one million liters of water to the islands.•	The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is transporting 124,000 gallons of diesel fuel to Puerto Rico, with arrival anticipated in the coming days. •	There are 180 American Red Cross volunteers and staff in the Caribbean.Sunday, September 24•	FEMA’s NRCC is fully activated with all emergency support functions operational.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	Federal partners establish a fuel distribution site in San Juan for federal and local entities to support first responder and critical facility needs.   •	The port of San Juan re-opened for daylight operations and other ports are undergoing assessments.  On St. Thomas, the ports of Crown Bay, Cruz Bay, East Gregerie Channel, Red Hook, and West Gregerie Channel are open with restrictions while other ports are being assessed.  On St. Croix, the ports of Krause Lagoon and Limetree Bay are open with restrictions while other ports are being assessed.  •	The Department of Energy is coordinating with industry on mutual aid for Puerto Rico, and transported crews from New York Power Authority to support damage assessments. •	Eight FEMA US&R task forces are stationed in the Caribbean.•	At the federal staging area in St. Croix, there are more than 43,000 liters of water and more than 20,000 meals available for distribution by territory officials.•	USACE and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continue to survey damaged channels and ports in Puerto Rico.•	DoD CAISE re-inserted into the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist with communication and outreach support and DoD Area Support Medical Company re-inserted to U.S. Virgin Islands to assist with medical support needs.•	DoD assets from amphibious ships USS Kearsage and USS Oak Hill continue support for search and rescue flights, medical evacuation, aerial damage assessments, logistics support, port surveys and route clearance for U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.Monday, September 25•	FEMA’s NRCC is fully activated with all emergency support functions operational.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	There are more than 10,000 federal staff, including more than 700 FEMA personnel, on the ground in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands supporting response and recovery operations from Hurricanes Maria and Irma. •	Nine FEMA US&R task forces are stationed and conducting operations in the Caribbean. FEMA US&R task forces saved or assisted 516 individuals. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is conducting search and rescue operations in St. Croix, and in the surrounding waters.  •	Officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico establish points of distribution for survivors to get meals, water, and other commodities. The National Guard supports commodity distribution.  •	Power is restored to Centro Medico Hospital in San Juan and San Pablo Hospital in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. •	Fuel arrives for several hospitals in Puerto Rico running on generators: Ashford Presbyterian, Pavia Santurce, Pavia Hato Rey, San Francisco, and Clinica Metro Pavia. The Schneider Regional Medical Center mobile hospital in St. Thomas was re-established.•	DLA, U.S. Northern Command, the U.S. Navy, and USCG, in coordination with the private sector, provide federal support for fuel transportation via air and sea logistical support.  •	FEMA, working in coordination with federal partners, provide more than 1.5 million meals, 1.1 million liters of water to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria’s landfall.•	HHS and DoD conduct medical evacuations for more than 100 patients from the islands to the continental United States. Medical evacuations from the islands will continue. Additionally HHS medical teams are on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. •	NGB has more than 4,300 Guard members on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands taking part in security and support operations. The Air National Guard is focused on transporting food, water, and communications capabilities as well as rapidly increasing airlift into affected areas.•	A Coast Guard mobile communications convoy is en route to Puerto Rico to help improve communications across the storm-impacted area. Coast Guard personnel continue to deliver critical FEMA relief supplies to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.•	DoD assets from the USS Kearsage and USS Oak Hill continue support for response efforts including search and rescue flights, medical evacuation, aerial damage assessments, logistics support, commodity lifts, port surveys, and hospital assessments with HHS for U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.Tuesday, September 26•	FEMA’s NRCC is fully activated with all emergency support functions operational.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	FEMA is delivering food and water to points of distribution and regional staging areas in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. •	American Red Cross (ARC) mobilizes to Puerto Rico 9,000 comfort kits and several thousand of tarps, flashlights, batteries, blankets, and hand sanitizer. To U.S. Virgin Islands, ARC will also send tens of thousands of bags of rice and beans with cots, blankets, comfort kits, tarps, trash bags, sponges, hand sanitizer, and insect repellent.•	Corporation for National and Community Service deploys two AmeriCorps to Puerto Rico and four Disaster response teams for Save the Children support.•	Ten FEMA US&R task forces are stationed and conducting operations in Puerto Rico. FEMA US&R task forces have saved or assisted 557 individuals and five pets, while searching over 2,600 structures.•	There are currently 32 points of distribution for commodities in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.•	More than 180 Federal Law Enforcement Officers are in San Juan and the U.S. Virgin Islands supporting search and rescue, medical teams, and other federal responders.  •	In support of Hurricane Maria relief and reconstitution operations, the U.S. Government established temporary air traffic flow management procedures for flights into San Juan International Airport in Puerto Rico. Roosevelt Roads and Aguadilla Airports in Puerto Rico are open for military and relief flights during daylight.•	Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operations personnel are onsite in St. Thomas to evaluate, fix, and install FAA equipment, in support of air traffic control operations.•	USCG identifies eight ports with some restrictions in Puerto Rico, and nine open in U.S. Virgin Islands with restrictions. USCG reports the ports of Guayanilla, Salinas, and Tallaboa are fully open, and the ports of San Juan, Fajardo, Culebra, Guayama, and Vieques are open with restrictions in Puerto Rico. The ports of Crown Bay, Charlotte Amalie, East Gregerie Channel, West Gregerie Channel, and Redhook Bay on St. Thomas, the ports of Krause Lagoon, Limetree Bay, and Frederiksted on St. Croix, and the port of Cruz Bay on St. John are open with restrictions. Other ports are undergoing assessments.•	14 DoD flights arrived September 25 to deliver water and meals, helicopters, communications equipment, additional security forces, and communications and contingency response units for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.•	USACE coordinates transportation of more than 300 FEMA or DLA generators from across the U.S. to meet anticipated requirements in the islands. In Puerto Rico, the team completes 27 of 32 requested temporary power assessments of critical facilities. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, USACE completed 90 of 131 requested temporary power assessments of critical facilities and began generator installations.•	DoD assets from the USS Kearsage and USS Oak Hill continue support for response efforts including logistics support, route clearance, port restoration, and hospital assessments with HHS for U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.Wednesday, September 27•	FEMA’s NRCC is fully activated with all emergency support functions operational.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	DoD expands its response, and sustainment forces to augment those already on the ground to support the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and FEMA.  •	FEMA and its federal partners continue 24-hour operations to reach inaccessible areas of Puerto Rico to reach survivors, provide fuel to hospitals, and re-open.  •	FEMA US&R task forces have saved or assisted 841 individuals and five pets, while searching over 2,600 structures. FEMA US&R is also conducting operational assessments of hospitals in Puerto Rico.•	U.S. Customs and Border Protection has ten members providing security to two FEMA ships. •	DoD CAISE is assist with communication and outreach support to communities in Puerto Rico.•	Half of the dialysis centers in Puerto Rico are open and accessible for patients. •	USACE is conducting assessments and planning for power grid restoration in Puerto Rico, and addressing the 1.4 million cubic yards of debris across the U.S. Virgin Islands. •	In Puerto Rico, fuel is delivered to 19 hospitals for power generators. Fuel continues to be delivered to hospitals and other locations around Puerto Rico.•	The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority drinking water system is back online, and other drinking water systems on the islands are top priority for receiving generators.•	17 chainsaw teams (34 individuals) and one Incident Management Team (IMT) (23 individuals) from the Department of Agriculture United States Forest Service arrive in Puerto Rico to conduct emergency road clearance and manage logistics.•	To bolster the delivery of fuel throughout Puerto Rico, 100 delivery trucks were dispatched by the DLA.Thursday, September 28•	FEMA’s NRCC is fully activated with all emergency support functions operational.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	FAA reports Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) accommodated 25 commercial flights and processed 5,000 ticketed passengers.•	Two generators are installed at Concordia Fresh Water Pump Station and the Herbert Grigg Shelter.•	Recovery efforts are now supporting more than a dozen commercial passenger flights per day at SJU in San Juan, Puerto Rico.•	The Concordia potable water pump station is online in St. Croix.•	FEMA search and rescue teams have accessed 90 percent of Puerto Rico, conducting search and rescue operations and helping to assess hospitals. •	All municipalities in Puerto Rico have been reached by FEMA US&R, the Department of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth officials, and/or the National Guard.•	Additional National Disaster Medical System staff arrive to support hospital assessments and medical needs of those in Puerto Rico.  Friday, September 29•	FEMA’s NRCC is fully activated with all emergency support functions operational.  FEMA holds daily video-teleconference with leadership across various departments and agencies.•	There are more than 10,000 federal staff representing 36 departments and agencies, including more than 800 FEMA personnel on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands engaged in response and recovery operations from hurricanes Maria and Irma.  •	The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) made $40 million available to the PR Highways and Transportation Authority (PHRTA) for emergency relief work to impacted roads.•	In Puerto Rico, 56 of 68 hospitals are partially operational, and one hospital is fully operational.  •	FAA reports SJU begins international commercial service with two flights. •	The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has limited handout mail service available today at 49 locations in Puerto Rico, which represents 43 percent of all post offices on the island. 41 of these locations are also able to provide postal retail services. Limited handout mail service, along with limited retail service, begins today in St. Croix. Limited mail service continues in St. Thomas. On St. John, limited mail service continues with no retail services available.


What does FEMA bring to a disaster?

Incident Management Assistance Teams

Incident  Management Assistance Teams are made up of dedicated and experienced senior-level emergency management professionals that are able to deploy upon a moment’s notice when requested by the state. IMATs are generally consist of 10 members, with expertise in operations, logistics, planning, and recovery. They are a rapidly deployable asset to anywhere in the region or the country, supporting our states and territories in their emergency response efforts.

Teams provide a forward federal presence to facilitate the management of the national response to catastrophic incidents. The primary mission is three-fold:

  • Rapidly deploy to an incident or potentially threatened venue
  • Identify ways federal assistance could be used to best support the response and recovery efforts, should it become available
  • Work with partners across jurisdictions to support the affected State or territory

One of the most important aspects is to support and take their direction from the state. As our mission states, FEMA’s role is to “support citizens and first responders”. After a disaster, state and local emergency responders, along with voluntary agencies and faith-based groups, are called on to meet the immediate needs of the affected community, and IMATs are FEMA’s team of experts that stand ready to support if they are called upon.

Urban Search & Rescue

Urban search and rescue (US&R) involves the location, rescue (extrication), and initial medical stabilization of individuals trapped in confined spaces. Structural collapse is most often the cause for people being trapped, but individuals may also be trapped in transportation accidents, mines, and collapsed trenches.

Urban search and rescue is considered a “multi-hazard” discipline, as it may be needed for a variety of emergencies or disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, storms, tornadoes, floods, dam failures, technological accidents, terrorist activities, and hazardous materials releases. The events may be slow in developing, as in the case of hurricanes, or sudden, as in the case of earthquakes.

Mobile Emergency Response Support Team (MERS)

FEMA’s Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) detachments provide mobile telecommunications, life
support, logistics, operational support and power generation during presidentially declared emergencies and
disasters required for the on-site management of disaster response activities. There are a total of five MERS
detachments nationwide, each supporting two FEMA regions. They are located in Bothell, Wash.; Denver, Colo.;
Maynard, Mass.; Denton, Texas; and Thomasville, Ga.
MERS’ primary function in disaster response operations involves communications support. MERS can deliver
voice, data, and video services in support of the response officials. They employ satellite, terrestrial, land mobile
radio, and line-of-sight transmission systems to deliver communications support for response and recovery
operations.
MERS also includes the Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicle (MEOV), self-contained mobile communications
vehicles with power generation and satellite communications that are deployed to provide mobile office support
such as video teleconferencing at locations with no infrastructure. The units vary in size and provide support and
location for a Command Post, Initial Operating Facility or a Joint Field Office. MEOVs are integrated
communications and operations platforms that also have served as Disaster Recovery Centers for a disasteraffected
community.
MERS units also provide logistical support for field operations including water, fuel, power generation, heating
ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and life support for responding personnel. In addition MERS provides
administrative support needed by federal, state and local responders in their efforts to save lives, protect property
and coordinate disaster operations.
MERS assets include:
 Approximately 275 mobile units that provide emergency telecommunications, logistics and operations
support;
 Heating, ventilation and air conditioning units that generate enough BTUs for a 16,000 square foot building;
 Several truck-mounted generators, ranging from 20 to 400 kilowatts, for power generation and distribution
for several large facilities.
MERS detachments transport and distribute fuel via 1200, 2200 and 3500-gallon tankers. They can also transport
water via 3000-gallon tankers and, through a reverse osmosis purification unit, make brackish and salt water safe
and drinkable.

Office of Federal Disaster Coordination

 

The mission of the Office of Federal Disaster Coordination (OFDC) is to access, train, equip, and manage FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officers (FCO) and Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinators (FDRC) to ensure their availability for rapid deployment in response to any disaster; deliver training to develop and sustain FCO and FDRC professional competencies, and coordinate both FCO and FDRC assignments to meet the on-scene needs of FEMA and its emergency management partners.

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Provide the highest quality leadership for field operations on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Strengthen FEMA’s Operational Readiness – participate in key exercises, partner strategically with key organizations, implementation and sustain all-hazards capability, identify and leverage collateral specialies.

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FEMA is coordinating a major federal effort in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to rush much-needed care and commodities to Hurricane Irma survivors while supporting the restoration of basic services.

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Coordinated Efforts Underway to Meet Survivor Needs and Restore Basic Services in Virgin Islands

Release date:
September 14, 2017
Release Number:
NR002

St. Croix, Virgin Islands – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating a major federal effort in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to rush much-needed care and commodities to Hurricane Irma survivors while supporting the restoration of basic services.

One week since Hurricane Irma tore through the Virgin Islands, FEMA continues to work with the federal family, as well as territorial, local, private sector and voluntary agency partners, to respond to immediate survivor needs while jumpstarting the longer-term recovery effort.

“We know survivors are having a very tough time right now, but we want to assure them that FEMA, along with the entire federal family, is working tirelessly to help meet their needs,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel. “Recovery will require all of us, survivors included, working together.”

As of today, FEMA has sent more than 582,000 meals and 380,000 liters of water to the USVI for the response effort. These basic commodities, along with cots, diapers, baby formula, temporary roofing materials and other necessities, are going to local Points of Distribution in St. John and St. Thomas and to shelters operated by our recovery partner the American Red Cross and others. Additional commodities are arriving on a daily basis.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the Departments of Defense (DoD), and Health and Human Services (HHS) are some of the federal agencies participating in the massive federal effort to assist the Virgin Islands and its people.

Generators have arrived in St. Thomas for installation in St. Thomas and St. John critical facilities, including shelters, hospitals, emergency service buildings and water treatment plants. USACE has deployed a Power Planning and Response Team to assist with assessments and generator installations in these critical facilities.

The Coast Guard cutter fleet from Sector San Juan, along with other Coast Guard cutters, are supporting Hurricane Irma relief efforts by providing maritime security, assisting with port assessments, as well as transporting supplies, equipment, Coast Guard teams and other government agency responders to St. John and St. Thomas. USCG is also working with Virgin Island and federal responders on coordinating the transportation of people who need to be evacuated from the island.

For the first time in history HHS medical personnel were embedded with DoD search and rescue teams to evacuate dialysis patients requiring treatment from USVI. Additional HHS personnel are providing medical assistance at hospitals in St. Thomas and St. John. In all, approximately 10,000 DoD and 100 HHS personnel are supporting response operations in the USVI and Puerto Rico.

The September 7 presidential disaster declaration for the Virgin Islands makes federal assistance available to eligible homeowners, renters and business owners affected by Hurricane Irma in St. John and St. Thomas.

Survivors who sustained uninsured or underinsured Irma-related damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, business or its inventory beginning Sept. 6, 2017, and continuing should register for assistance.

Registration can be completed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, in Spanish at www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es, or by phone at 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services may call 1-800-621-3362.

The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week (local time) until further notice. Operators are standing by to assist survivors in English, Spanish and many other languages.

Last Updated:
September 14, 2017 – 13:25
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Federal Family Continues Response and Relief Operations Following Hurricane Irma

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Release date:
September 14, 2017
Release Number:
HQ-17-115

WASHINGTON – In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is actively coordinating the efforts of the federal family, working alongside state and local emergency responders to help address the immediate needs of survivors.

More than 40,000 federal personnel are working in support of preparedness and response to Hurricane Irma, including more than 2,650 FEMA staff with additional staff continuing to deploy. Many federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Interior, and Homeland Security have deployed thousands of personnel to provide logistical support for commodities, employ search and rescue assets, as well as conduct damage assessments to develop and advance recovery efforts.
Members of FEMA's Task Force Teams from Tennessee and Virginia work together with Navy personnel to unload supplies at Key West during disaster relief operations for Hurricane Irma

Search and rescue efforts continue in the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland. FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) task forces stationed in the Caribbean have conducted 1141 rescues, and in Florida, FEMA US&R saved 1,006 lives. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) have rescued 326 people and saved 53 pets. The U.S. Coast Guard has also answered more than 1750 emergency phone calls at their headquarters facility.

FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team, Arizona Task Force 1, supporting #HurricaneIrma response efforts in the Florida Keys.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is coordinating with its partners to facilitate communications, provide situational awareness, and expedite restoration efforts. More than 60,000 personnel are activated from more than 250 investor-owned electric companies, public power utilities, and electric cooperatives from all corners of the United States and Canada, who are dedicated to the essential work of power restoration. Patience is still required, but progress is being made, and private sector partners report that about 50% of power is restored across the affected areas.

As of September 14, 2017, FEMA transferred approximately 6.6 million meals and 4.7 million liters of water to states in the Southeast, at the states’ requests. In addition, nearly 578,000 meals, 383,000 liters of water, 13,600 sheeting covers, 150 rolls of blue tarps, and 30 generators were transferred to St. Thomas and St. John. Currently, FEMA has the following commodities positioned in staging areas across the impacted areas, to be transferred to states and tribes upon their request:

  • Alabama: more than 7.2 million meals, more than 13.6 million liters of water;
  • Florida: more than 315,000 meals, more than 390,000 liters of water, 151 generators;
  • Georgia: more than 500,000 meals, 30 generators;
  • North Carolina: more than 340,000 meals, 2.1 million liters of water, 57 generators;
  • South Carolina: more than 717,000 meals, 1.8 million liters of water.

Survivors should not return home until local officials have deemed the area safe for return. Avoid downed power or utility lines; they may be live with deadly voltage. Stay away and report them immediately to your power or utility company.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and FEMA Advise Disaster Applicants to Beware of Rumors, Misinformation, and Fraud. Federal and state workers do not ask for, or accept, money. FEMA staff will never charge applicants for disaster assistance, home inspections, or help filling out applications. Stay alert for false promises to speed up the insurance, disaster assistance, or building permit process. If fraud is suspected, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud’s hotline at 1-866-720-5721, or email the organization at disaster@leo.gov.

For those in designated areas in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, registering online, at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, is the quickest way to register for federal assistance, including FEMA assistance.If you do not have access to the internet, you may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly.

FEMA has received a total of 154,800 registrations to date, and already approved $21 million for Hurricane Irma survivors. As it becomes safe for people to return to their homes, we expect registration numbers to increase.

Federal Efforts Underway  

  • The American Red Cross (ARC) is operationally focused on safety, shelter, food, which includes shelf stable meals, and positioning personnel and supplies. On short notice, an estimated 22,000 people sought refuge from Hurricane Irma in as many as 200 government and Red Cross evacuation centers across six states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To date, the ARC have served more than 154,000 meals and snacks.
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) deployed 23 AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams including FEMA Corps, to Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico to support the American Red Cross, FEMA, and Save the Children. In coordination with local partner, Volunteer Florida, additional locally-serving AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members have been put on standby as CNCS assesses additional needs. CNCS is directing people to NationalService.gov/Irma to find updates about volunteering and urging people to sign up to volunteer in the state of Florida.
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
    • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Temporary Roofing Planning and Response Team (PRT) arrived in USVI Monday. The PRT conducted an assessment of high priority critical facilities in St. Thomas. USACE currently have more than 350 personnel engaged and have received 39 FEMA Mission Assignments (MA).
      • In Florida: Temporary Roofing experts are coordinating a flyover of South Florida residential areas to identify potential mission areas. USACE mobilized contractors to South Florida and worked with area shelters to identify debris removal requirements.
      • In USVI/Puerto Rico: New FEMA mission assigned activities include Deployed Tactical Operations System (DTOS) or mobile communications Support, Water/Wastewater, Temporary Housing, Unwatering experts, Logistics Support, and GIS Specialists.
    • The U.S. National Guard Bureau (NGB) is responding to Hurricane Irma with 17,000 soldiers and airmen from all over the country in rescue, evacuation, security, and support operations, with nearly 5,300 more en route to the affected areas.
      • In Florida, National Guard soldiers and airmen are conducting assessments using satellite and aerial imagery, while also performing route clearing to deliver fuel and lifesaving, essential resources. Utility restoration is underway to allow citizens to return home.
      • In Saint Martin, the National Guard is continuing evacuation operations with over 1,600 U.S. citizens evacuated thus far.
    • U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) is working with FEMA to support authorities in Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, providing life-saving and life-sustaining relief to those in affected areas. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill continue to work moving people and supplies to the islands.  The USS Abraham Lincoln arrived near the Florida Keys Tuesday afternoon and its helicopters immediately started assessments and evaluations of airfields for state and local authorities.
    • The U.S. Marine Corps’ (USMC) stationed 500 Marines in the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist clearing the roads and removing debris for people and vehicles to pass.
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) continues to work closely with its interagency and private sector partners to ensure that fuel remains available the states impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. DOE worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and states to support issuing proper waivers to provide flexibility in the market that alleviates some fuel logistics issues and recovery operations. DOE also authorized release of 5.3 million barrels of crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, of which 2.8 million have been delivered as of September 13.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is monitoring the status of communications networks in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma, and created a dedicated webpage for daily communications status reports, information, and resources related to the hurricane, including tips for communicating during an emergency.
  • The General Services Administration (GSA) is releasing federal building re-openings by state via social media and can be found at the following links: @USGSA, Facebook, Blog. For more information on general building statuses, visit gsa.gov/facilitystatus.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided data to public health authorities in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist them in reaching Medicare beneficiaries who rely on any of 14 types of electrically powered medical equipment at home—such as electric wheelchairs, oxygen concentrators home ventilators—or home health services. Power outages become life-or-death situations for people with these medical conditions.
    • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sharing information about Carbon Monoxide and generator safety: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/co-materials.html. CDC also distributed the Health Alert Notice on Carbon Monoxide to the impacted states in both Spanish and English, and have sent guidance on carbon monoxide safety to home improvement stores and other partners in the affected regions.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will speed federal disaster assistance to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters from their homes due to Hurricane Irma. For more information, visit https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Elaine Duke extended the limited Jones Act Waiver initially signed on September 8 at the recommendation of the Departments of Defense and Energy. Due to the severe disruptions of the oil supply system resulting from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the extended waiver will facilitate movement of refined petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, to be shipped from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico.  Effective immediately, this waiver applies to covered merchandise laded on board a vessel through and including September 22, 2017.
    • The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to update the operational status of their offices impacted by Hurricane Irma – in English and Spanish – via web posting on www.uscis.gov and amplified on social media and www.usa.gov. In addition, the Special Situations page https://uscis.gov/special-situations continues to be available detailing how natural catastrophes may affect petitions, applications, and immigration status.
    • Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) reissued Tips for Effective Communication with the Whole Community, which includes civil rights guidance on communicating with persons with disabilities and other access and functional needs. CRCL continues to participate on daily calls with national and local disability stakeholders, and closely coordinate with FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination on issues that arise. They have sent out a message with a comprehensive list of CRCL and other federal disaster resources specifically for persons with disabilities, as well as emergency providers that interact with them. These resources can also be found on our Disaster Preparedness and Disability Access webpages.
    • The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) continues to work with federal and state partners on search and rescue response and port reconstitution in the wake of Hurricane Irma. All ports in Florida, with the exception of Key West, are open, though many with restrictions. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation teams are focused on restoring maritime aids to navigation damaged in the storm to facilitate safe delivery of critical relief supplies to impacted areas. Coast Guard teams are also conducting water rescues, saving more than 320 lives to date.
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) created a Hurricane Irma Centralized repository on CBP.gov, emphasizing operational assets ready across the state of Florida as most airports and seaports have reopened and resumed operations. Click to VIEW coverage or see @CBPFlorida.
    • The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has twelve law enforcement personnel assisting the Disaster Medical Deployment Team in St. Thomas. An additional six personnel have deployed to St. Thomas to assist with reconstitution efforts.
    • The National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) support for restoration and recovery efforts continues, with an emerging focus on power restoration and fuel prioritization to support emergency services and critical infrastructure.
    • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) deployed 60 personnel to Miami International Airport on September 11, 2017. Teams from airports in Los Angeles, Boston, and San Francisco were also deployed. TSA deployed 166 screening personnel from additional airports on September 12 to impacted areas.
  • The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) provided an overview of Department of Interior and partner support for the hurricane-battered U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, Secretary Ryan Zinke talked about Hurricane Irma on September 12. Interior currently has a total of 220 personnel supporting FEMA missions related to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma including 57 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) personnel continuing real-time field measurements and daily reporting of water heights in Puerto Rico, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida; and 140 staff providing law enforcement support for search and rescue and other FEMA functions. With multiple national parks and wildlife refuges impacted by the hurricanes throughout the Southeast, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the National Park Service (NPS) Eastern Incident Management Team (IMT) relocated its response operations to Everglades National Park while two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service IMTs have arrived in Tallahassee, along with one Saw Team from North Carolina in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) law enforcement components are participating in quick response teams in Florida and Texas, and are assisting and preparing to assist local response and recovery efforts in the wake of both Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The Department announced antitrust guidance for businesses taking part in relief efforts and those involved in rebuilding communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Also, the National Center for Disaster Fraud continues to provide messages to help the public avoid and to report Hurricane relief fraud schemes. The NCDF Disaster Fraud Hotline is (866) 720-5721. The Bureau of Prisons is providing updates at www.bop.gov.
  • The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) offices in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands remain closed. All offices in South Carolina and Georgia have re-opened. They also expect the following offices in Florida to re-open Wednesday: the Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach, Panama City, and Marianna field offices, as well as the Orlando, Tallahassee, and Tampa hearing offices. The SSA is working with the United States Postal Service (USPS) to ensure the benefit payments are received. In Florida, the USPS transported paper checks via express mail Tuesday to post offices for delivery Wednesday. The USPS website will show any service disruptions and alternate pick up locations for mail.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the availability, in Spanish and English, of SBA disaster loans to residents and businesses in Florida. They encourage hurricane survivors to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
    • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) deployed a mobile air traffic control tower to St. Thomas and continues to work cross-agency and with airlines to conduct relief flights to affected islands. The FAA also issued over 30 special government interest authorizations to drone operators to conduct damage assessment and infrastructure inspection.
  • The U.S. Department of Treasury (DOTreas) activated the Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee (FBIIC) communications protocols and will continue monitoring key financial sector infrastructure in the Hurricane Irma impact zone.
  • The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) continues to restore services where it’s safe to do so. USPS provided Meals-Ready-to-Eat and water, conducted wellness checks, and communicated Post Office facilities open in certain areas. In Florida, the USPS is delivering mail. All facilities in Puerto Rico are open except for three post offices. Deliveries are able to be made in St. Croix when it is safe to do so.
  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) deployed two liaisons – one each to Valdosta, Georgia, and to the Florida State EOC in Tallahassee, Fla. – to assist with HHS mission requirements. Several VA outpatient clinics and facilities throughout the state of Florida have reopened to resume services for veterans.

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater crews & Air National Guard deliver aid to Key West.

 

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President Donald J. Trump’s emergency disaster declaration issued for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

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President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Puerto Rico

Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Emergency Declaration

 

Release date:
September 5, 2017
Release Number:
HQ-17-086

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to supplement commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Irma beginning on September 5, 2017 and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 78 municipalities in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

Alejandro DeLaCampa has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area. DeLaCampa said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the Commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO EMERGENCY DECLARATION

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump’s emergency disaster declaration issued for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Assistance for the Commonwealth and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

  • FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.
  • Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide debris removal (Category A) and emergency protective measures (Category B), including to direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding.

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FEMA: CPG 101, Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans, Version 2

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Guide CPG 101 is designed to help both novice and experienced planners navigate the planning process. Used in its entirety, this Guide provides information and instruction on the fundamentals of planning and their application. Chapters 1 and 2 lay the foundation for planning efforts by providing information on the basics of planning (Chapter 1) and the environment within which planners function (Chapter 2). With an understanding of these fundamentals, the Guide then transitions from theory to practice by discussing the different plan formats and functions (Chapter 3) and moving into an explanation of the planning process (Chapter 4). A detailed checklist, building upon Chapters 3 and 4, is provided in Appendix C. Because Appendix C provides a set of detailed questions to consider throughout the planning process, users are encouraged to copy or remove this checklist and employ it as they work through the planning process in Chapter 4.

 


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