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Wilson County, NC & Hurricane Matthew: The Aftermath

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By Olivia Neeley
The Wilson Daily Times

  • More than 530 Wilson County residents registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance after Hurricane Matthew
  • The 530-plus individuals FEMA assisted received more than $640,000 disbursement in funds countywide.
  • The 911 Communications Center received 2,500 calls for service over the three-day period during and after Hurricane Matthew.
  • There were roughly 230 water rescues performed during the height of the storm, most of which were vehicles rescues and getting people out of houses that were threatened by water.
  • Two people were also killed in Wilson County as a result of moving water in the roadways. Their vehicles were swept away.

 


“The poorest of the poor in North Carolina are the ones who are being hurt the most by these floods,” Gov. Pat McCrory.

NY Times

“…..By Thursday, $2.6 million in aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been disbursed and 14,000 people had applied for aid.

Individual assistance from FEMA, which has averaged about $2,000 a family in recent years, is designed to help with immediate needs — like temporary rental housing, repairs not covered by insurance, and the replacement of critical personal items — but those grants are somewhat limited…..”


September is National Preparedness Month: Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

FEMA

Release date:
September 1, 2016
Release Number:
RV-NR-2016-10

CHICAGO –September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages everyone to make disaster preparedness a priority.

“National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder that we all need to prepare for disasters and emergencies,” said Andrew Velasquez III, FEMA Region V Administrator.  “Plan in advance so your family knows what to do if a disaster strikes: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different emergency situations.”

Severe weather and other emergencies can strike with little or no warning and can have disastrous impacts. Already this year, the Midwest has experienced several waves of destructive storms, tornadoes and flooding. Whether at home or on the go, be aware of emergency plans in place wherever your family spends their time: work, daycare and school, houses of worship, sports events and commuting. Be disaster ready, wherever you may be.

It’s simple to start planning for emergencies: download the Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids onReady.gov/make-a-plan and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.  Consider also downloading the free FEMA app, available for your Android, Apple or Blackberry device, so you have the information at your fingertips to prepare for severe weather.

Throughout the month, FEMA will offer tips to help you be better prepared, including steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Follow FEMA Region V online at twitter.com/femaregion5 and www.facebook.com/fema, to receive the latest preparedness updates.

For detailed information about how to be ready for severe weather in your area, including a list of items you will want to have in your emergency kit, visit www.ready.gov, or our Spanish site at www.listo.gov.

Follow FEMA online at twitter.com/femaregion5, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at twitter.com/craigatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

 

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Thursday, December 3, 2015

 Significant Events: None

Significant Weather:

Heavy snow and freezing rain possible – Northwestern U.S.

Rain and snow – Northern Maine

Heavy rain – South Florida

Red Flag Warnings: None

Critical/Elevated Fire Weather Areas: None

Space weather: Past 24 hours – None;

Next 24 hours – None predicted

Declaration Activity: None


FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, November 27, 2015

 

Significant Events: None

Tropical Activity:
Atlantic: Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours
Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Sandra (Cat 2)
Central Pacific: Tropical cyclone activity not expected through Saturday evening
Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 03F

Significant Weather:
Snow – the Cascades, Central Plains, Central Rockies & Upper Mississippi Valley
Freezing rain – Central/Southern Plains
Flash Flooding – Southern/Central Plains
Rain – Southern Plains to the Middle Mississippi Valley and into the Great Lakes
Red Flag Warnings: None
Critical/Elevated Fire Weather Areas: NM & TX
Space weather: Past 24 hours – none, Next 24 hours – none

Declaration Activity:
Amendment No. 1 for American Samoa (FEMA-4192-DR)
Major Disaster Declaration (FEMA-4245-DR) for Texas

  • FEMA Daily Ops Briefing 11-27-2015:  http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/USDHSFEMA/2015/11/27/file_attachments/453939/FEMA%2BDaily%2BOps%2BBriefing%2B11-27-2015.pdf

FEMA: Daily Operations Briefing for Monday, November 23, 2015

 

Significant Activity: Nov 22 – 23

Tropical Activity:

  • Atlantic: Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours
  • Eastern Pacific: Disturbance 1(90%)
  • Central Pacific: Tropical cyclone activity not expected through Tuesday evening
  • Western Pacific: No activity affecting U.S. territories

Significant Weather:

  • Unseasonably cold – Southern Plains, Lower Mississippi Valley & Pacific Northwest
  • Wintery mix/Snow – Pacific Northwest, Central Great Basin, Great Lakes & Maine
  • Rain – Coastal Pacific Northwest, Southern Florida and portions of New England
  • Red Flag Warnings: None
  • Critical/Elevated Fire Weather Areas: None
  • Space weather: Past 24 hours – none, Next 24 hours – none

Declaration Activity:

  • Major Disaster Declaration Request – Texas

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Saturday, November 21, 2015

Significant Activity: Nov 20 – 21
Significant Events: No significant events
Tropical Activity:
Atlantic: Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours
Eastern Pacific: TS Rick; Disturbance 1
Central Pacific: Tropical cyclone activity not expected through Sunday night
Western Pacific: Typhoon In-Fa (27W)
Significant Weather:
Heavy snowfall possible – Upper Mississippi Valley & Great Lakes
Rain/snow – Gulf Coast to Mid-Atlantic
Red Flags Warnings / Critical Fire Weather Areas – Southern California
Space weather: Past 24 hours – none, Next 24 hours – none
Declaration Activity: Major Disaster Declaration request for Texas

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