CA WILDFIRE | WOOLSEY FIRE | 6

UPDATE 6 – FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 16, 2018

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Fire Stats

  • Started on November 8th at 1424 hours PST
  • Reported as a brush fire
  • Fire NOW located at  Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Bell Canyon, Hidden Hills, Malibu and Calabasas in both Ventura and LA Counties
  • Fire fuels are brush, chaparral and tall grass
  • Cause is under investigation

Current Status

  • 98,362 acres
  • 78% containment reached
  • Residents being told to be aware of possible mudslides when the rains come.

Operations

  • are not only worthy of our respect. They deserve it. Here’s just a few of our 4-legged friends affected by that were running free & scared. deps corraled/captured, evaluated, treated & transported out of harms way!  (Source/Photo Credit:  LASDHQ)

  • Fire resources will continue to mop up and patrol
  • Fire suppression repair teams are actively engaging in working alongside the perimeter and affected areas.
  • Crews remain aware in providing continued safety to residents as they return home.
  • With favorable change in fire conditions, there’s a chance Command that Lacey FD’s strike team and LFD3’s and E32 may be released from the incident & heading back to Washington State. (Source/Photo Credit:  LFD. 11/16 @  7:23pm PST)

  • Fire Command:  LA County FD is working with Law Enforcement, utilities and city representatives to coordinate safe repopulations of residents in impacted areas. (Source/Photo Credit:  LA CO FD PIO)

Fire Weather

  • Tonight’s weather forecast:  light and variable winds are expected
  • RH recovery levels to be favorable conditions at lower elevation levels
  • RH recovery across the ridges and upper slopes will be poor.

Damage Assessment

  • 713 structures destroyed
  • 201 damaged
  • Damage assessment now 65% completed
  • Historic Paramount Ranch – Film set for movies such as Westworld
  • Fire images – Photo Credit:  LA Co Public Works.  Source: LA County

These aerial photos show the widespread impact of the . With power and telephone poles burned, gas lines compromised and roadways destroyed, multiple agencies are working together to inspect burn areas before opening them to the public.

aerial photo of Woolsey Fire burn area

aerial photo of Woolsey Fire burn area

aerial photo of Woolsey Fire burn area

aerial photo of Woolsey Fire burn area

Life and Safety

  • 3 deaths reported (civilians only).
  • 3 Firefighter injuries.
  • 1 (of possibly many more) Therapy Dogs at Base Camp helping 1st Responders – Firefighter resilience has become a very important part of our job. Gaby is a therapy dog that is used to break down the toughest of first responders.

Fire Resources

  • 2,842 total fire personnel
  • IMT Team 5 (CAL FIRE)
  • Unified Command:  CAL FIRE, Ventura County Fire Dept., Ventura County Sheriff Dept., Los Angeles County Fire D
  • 360 fire engines
  • 54 fire crews
  • 16 helicopters
  • 4 bulldozers
  • 22 water tenders

Incident Cooperators

  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • California Department of Fish & Game
  • California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • Public Health Department
  • California State Parks
  • Caltrans
  • Ventura County Animal Control
  • LA County Animal Control
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • American Red Cross (ARC)
  • Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
  • Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD)
  • Red Cross (ARC)

Red Cross volunteers & staff loaded emergency response vehicles with 11 TONS of kits containing cleanup supplies, in just 4 hours. Incredible work to get the people of LA brooms, respirator masks, sifters, water bottles, & more, to begin their recovery.  (Photo Credit: ARC)

  • Humanity First USA
  • Salvation Army
  • Washington State Strike Teams (up to 8)
  • Texas Strike Team
  • Seattle Humane

Mandatory Evacuations – Ventura County

  • South Coast – E. Las Posas Rd. South of Potrero Rd. to Hwy 1 and County line to residents only.
  • Yerba Buena closed from PCH to Yellow Hill.
  • Yerba Buena between Mipolomol to Ventura/LA County line.

Mandatory Evacuations – Los Angeles County

  • Portions of Malibu have been repopulated
  • Malibou Lake – entire community (under evacuations)

Evacuation Map (Updated) –> http://calfire-forestry.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=94af3440d4504c5da3048f6124fc53d5

Evacuees Resources

  • Free Sandbags available:  City of Thousand Oaks are offering free prefilled sandbags.  City’s Municipal Service Center. 1993 Rancho Conejo Blvd. (Visitor’s Parking Lot)
  • Free Sandbag Filling Stations:  Fill your own sandbags at any Ventura County Fire stations. Tips on how to fill them at toaks.org
  • FEMA Assistance:  If you need a safe place to stay due to the CA wildfires, text SHELTER and your zip code (i.e. SHELTER 12345) to 43362 to locate an open emergency shelter near you.

A graphic titled Find An Emergency Shelter Near You with an image of a map with text bubbles overlaid on top. The text bubbles says "SHELTER 12345" and "The nearest shelter is located...". The text on the left says "Text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362, Standard message and data rates apply".

Shelters

  • CAL Luther University – 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Dr, Woodland Hills, CA 91371
  • Palisades Charter HS – 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Local Assistance Center (LAC) –> Thousand Oaks Public Library, 1401 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.  Hours:  9 am – 7 pm.

Animal Evacuation Shelters

  • Ventura County Fairgrounds – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001 (FULL)
  • Ventura County Animal Services- 805-388-4258 (Accepting small animals)
  • Ventura County Animal Shelter – 600 Aviation Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010
  • Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 W Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley · (805) 388-4341 (Accepting small animals)
  • Los Angeles County Animal Services
  • Earl Warren Show Grounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (Accepting large animals)

If you need large animal assistance, please call (805) 388-4258

Road Closures

  •  Hwy 1 southbound (P.C.H.) closed at LA County line to Puerco Canyon Rd.
  • Puerco Canyon Rd. at the Malibu City limit.
  • Las Posas Rd. to LA County line is residents only, no Northbound traffic from PCH.
  • Westlake Blvd. is closed Southbound from Potrero Rd.
  • On Mulholland at Country Ranch, blocking traffic South of Country Ranch.
  • S. Las Virgenes from Mulholland
  • Sherwood at the Westlake City limit. Blocking accessto Triunfo Canyon (residents only)
  • S. Kanan at Malibu View Dr.
  • Just North of Kanan at Triunfo Canyon, blocking access to Kanan Rd.
  • Just North of Kanan at Hidden Highland, blocking access to Kanan Rd.
  • W. Mulholland from Cornell Rd.
  • Everything is closed South of Mulholland Hwy & West of Cornell Rd.
  • S. Stunt Rd. from Mulholland
  • LA County public works has closed Chesebro Road at the bridge between Driver Ave and Balkins due to the bridge being damaged during the fire

School Closures

  • CSUCI has suspended all classes effective November 13th at 1900 hours PST until November 26th.  (Posted at 1927 PST)

HOW TO HELP

Social Media – Eyewitness Accounts

  • Drones in Fire Zones:  Drones and aircraft do not mix, yet those who are out there to seek images are putting the pilots, ground resources and any civilians whom be still in the area their lives in danger.  Also, because it is illegal.  The Ventura County Sheriff Department wants to make sure all are aware:  “Captain Denise Sliva urges people to avoid operating drones in area, as they interfere with firefighting operations. “Now is not the time to get those pictures.”

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Social Media – Assistance Requests

  • Seattle Humane:   To take in 300 pets from shelters in California. They are looking for volunteers to support to transfer, care for, treat and place these pets with loving families. (Source/Photo Credit:  Seattle Humane/Twitter @SeattleHumane)

  • CA Volunteers Needed:  Firefighters are being cared/supported but they are asking for volunteers to help with displaced residents whom are in need.  Details here –> californiavolunteers.ca.gov to volunteer.  Disclaimer: CAL FIRE will never solicit donations from the public. (Source/Photo Credit:  CAL FIRE)

OUR SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be updating on this site as information is received.  We would love if you would follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for additional updates.

We are thinking of those in California as they now face a different threat of wildfires after being impacted by the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for reading and following our Blog. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW FIRE BLOG

Hurricane Michael Through The Eyes of the Undivided Attention of Social Media | 2

HURRICANE MICHAEL

Incident Summary

It has been one week and beyond since the expected Hurricane Michael event caused widespread damage and destruction of States such as Florida, Georgia and Alabama.  Most of the major devastation is on the Coast but some other smaller towns also were impacted severely.

Some of the significant events as noted via mainstream media and other sources:

  • Looting has become prevalent in certain areas
  • National Guard has been activated to assist with Law Enforcement
  • Infrastructure, such as communications is still spotty as hosts work to rebuild their major power grids that some are reporting as completely wiped out.
  • The Tyndall AFB suffered major devastation and airmen are busy rebuilding.

We can never really tell you what it is like in any of the hardest hit areas but we can paint of picture of what is happening and being done through eyewitness accounts and reporting.sources and post here. We would love it if you followed us on our own Social Media platforms:  @nwfireblog (Facebook and Twitter)


INCIDENT COOPERATORS

FDNY IMT

Construction is underway on “Harder’s Base Camp”. 1000 first responders and 750 National Guard members will occupy this camp upon completion. The camp will provide all basic necessities, such as lodging and food service, to all who reside there. (10/17/2018)

PA Task Force 1

As of 10/15/2018, the PATF1 searched over 900 structures in Calhoun County, Florida. Members also made critical repairs at a damaged hospital to enable it to continue serving residents.

Photo(s) Credit: PA Fire (Task Force 1)

USAF Specialized Tactics (USAF Spec Tactics)

They were one of many that arrived on Day 1 of the storm one hour after the storm wiped out most of the Tyndall AFB and cleared a lot of debris to enable humanitarian aid to arrive.  (10/14/2018)

Indiana Task Force 1

RELEASED from the incident. Safe back in their home state.

Gulf County Sheriff Office. (FL)

Palm Beach County Sheriff Office (FL)

U.S. Navy

Naval Air Station Pensacola opening Emergency Family Assistance Center to assist evacuated military personnel and their families from staying on or near installation.  https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=107420&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=100000338880876&utm_campaign=Misc  (10/14/2018)

Photo Credit: US Navy

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

 Survivors in the 13 counties eligible for individual assistance can now start applying for assistance through FEMA by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. (10/18/2018) 

Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties have been added to the major disaster declaration. Survivors in those counties are now eligible to apply for assistance by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. (10/17/2018)

Operations continued across the state today as GEMA/HS worked with local, state, federal, private sector and volunteer partners to get much-needed supplies & resources to those impacted.  Resources:   gema.ga.gov (10/14/2018)

Photo Credit: Georgia EMA

Georgia National Guard

Assistant Adjutant General of Georgia, Brigadier General, Randall V. Simmons, State Command Sergeant Major Shawn Lewis and Command Chief Master Sergeant Reginald McPherson work along side Georgia EMA to continue assessing damage in southwest Georgia. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: GANG

White House

Florida Senator Marco Rubio

The American President Donald Trump has approved every single request made to federal government by us  and Florida Governor Scott. Thank you for supporting Florida after the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. And thank you to POTUS & FLOTUS for visiting yesterday to see it first hand. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

US Air Force: Rebuilding of the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

Miami Beach Police Department. 40-member team RELEASED and returned from Panama City humanitarian support effort. (10/18/2018)

Photo Credit: MBPD Chief Daniel Oates


HUMAN SERVICES

American Red Cross

Help provide food, shelter, relief supplies and other assistance to thousands of people dealing with the aftermath. (10/18/2018).  

If you or a loved one was affected by Hurricane Michael, here is helpful information about where to find meals, shelter and how to stay safe:  (10/15/2018)

Photo Credit: Red Cross

Compassion Fund

We’ve had so many Stakeholder’s homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael! Our Compassion Fund is accepting donations to help here thecompassionfund.org

Photo Credit: Angie McAllister, Director of Compassion Fund

Animal Rescue

The ASPCA is on the ground in the Florida Panhandle to help rescue and care for animals impacted by Hurricane Michael. Right now, 100% of your donation will go to our Field Investigations and Response Fund: aspca.org/FL

Photo Credit: ASPCA


INFRASTRUCTURE

State of Georgia

The work to rebuild in southwest Georgia has just begun, but we thank everyone for the work that has been accomplished so far. GEMA/HS and its partners will continue the efforts to restore the quality of life in these communities. Visit for more info. (10/18/2018)

City of Tallahassee (FL)

Damage at a Glance: 267 poles replaced, 214 transformers replaced, 27,474 feet of wire and 2,200 insulators. (10/18/2018)

Florida SERT

Homeowners that suffered structural or water damage from Hurricane Michael should shut their home’s main circuit breaker off until the damage has been inspected by an electrician or their utility company. Otherwise, there is a severe risk of fire when power is restored. (10/18/2018)

Sprint Emergency Response Team

Sprint’s Emergency Response Team working around the clock providing critical voice and data services to Bay Co. Sheriff’s Office, EOC, and their Co Data Center as well as to Sacred Heart Hospital in Port St. Joe.

Photo Credit: Spring ERT

First Net Authority

Working with State of Florida, public safety agencies without commercial service were identified & provided hundreds of FirstNet-enabled devices to help these First Responders carry out their important mission in response.   https://about.att.com/newsroom/2018/firstnet_hurricane_michael.html  (10/15/2018)

Cell Phones

Next Generation Drones used as temporary cell towers connecting victims for the first time. (Media/The Weather Channel. 10/18/2018)

Verizon

“Our network impacted by Hurricane Michael continues to improve, and we will not stop until 100% of our service is restored. We recognize how essential our service is & are giving 3 months free service to those impacted by the storm.”    vz.to/2Cl5Y9v

Photo Credit: Verizon

AT&T

“Thank you to our teams and the local community. We know the work isn’t over, and we won’t leave until it is.” (10/15/2018)


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Private Property Clean-up

For those in need of cleanup on private property, contact Crisis Cleanup at 800-451-1954. (10/16/2018)

Burn Permits

Burn permits resume in all but 6 GA counties following . Permits issued in the remaining 11 counties effective as of 12pm today. Hand piled natural vegetation CAN be burned in the 6 counties with proper notification to GFC. ht.ly/pdNr30mgZie

Power Line Safety

ASL Video. 

Water Supply

GA Residents who have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: GAEMA

Sanitize pans, dishes, utensils, or ANYTHING that touched flood water. Wash with soap, rinse, then w/ 1 TBSP bleach + 1 gallon water – soak 15 min go.usa.gov/xRhM5



COMMUNITY SUPPORT  – SURVIVOR RESOURCES

Target

To help take care of our team members & communities after Hurricane Michael, Target’s committed $1 million. Learn more here: tgt.biz/r6bkx

Food Stamp Assistance 

Georgia residents who receive food stamps now have additional time to report food lost due to power outages during Hurricane Michael. For more information, please visit ow.ly/webg30mhJxf

Food, Emergency Housing, Farmer and Rancher Assistance

The USDA will provide food, emergency housing as well as farmer and rancher assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by severe storms and flooding. For more information visit, ow.ly/EJ3l30mhYBZ (10/18/2018)

Pet Owners

For pet owners impacted by the storm, here are some resources available to you:

Airport Travel

PET FEES waived incoming/outgoing out of Pensacola and Panama City Beach airports.  (10/18/2018 via Pet Manage)


IMPACTS

Line-of-Duty-Death:  GC Fire Coordinator – Brad Price

Gulf County Fire Coordinator, Brad Price, 49, of Wewahitchka.  Killed when helping family members clear debris from the hurricane when a tree fell on his tractor. 

We are in the process of gleaning all resources from all sources across various platforms listed in Twitter and Facebook and entering them into a fluid spreadsheet for your review. This will be uploaded in the next 24 hours.

If you can support with financial or your volunteering support, please see the above web links. 

We thank you for reading our Blog.   May you all be safe wherever you may be in this world and remember, to Pass It Forward. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/18/2018

Hurricane Michael Through The Eyes of the Undivided Attention of Social Media | 1

Looking through the eyes of others can help gain a new viewpoint advantage but to fully grasp the magnitude of the situation, you would have to be there in person.  Instead, we are bringing you the undivided attention of social media and what they are saying because they are there, were impacted or seeing it through other means.

Disclaimer:  We are only sharing through third party sources or from direct sources themselves. We do no lay any claims on the sources of information here but only to our “own” content added. Each item has its own source listed. We give all the credit to them.  Images in this post are also given Photo Credit to them.

OCTOBER 13, 2018 (Saturday)

Eyewitness Accounts

Photo Credit | North Port, Florida

“It’s been an overwhelming few days for North Port Fire Rescue crews aiding in the wake of Hurricane Michael. They are assisting in Mexico Beach, one of the hardest hit areas. Keep on keeping on, and continue to stay safe.”  (City of

https://www.foxnews.com/us/thousands-of-people-reported-missing-to-officials-following-hurricane-michael (Fox News, 10/13/2018)

Greater Naples Fire Rescue District sent 11 of their own personnel to join other rescue workers on a strike response team. https://www.naplesnews.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2018/10/13/hurricane-michael-sw-fl-rescue-workers-aid-areas-devastated/1615633002/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (Naples News)

OCTOBER 12, 2018 (Friday)

Blood Donations are urgently needed…..

“Did you know that disasters like #HurricaneMichael affect our nation’s blood supply? To help meet patient needs, we are asking those eligible to give blood. Make an appointment now: rdcrss.org/giveblood1

Incident Management Teams 

The FDNY IMT has been requested to respond to Florida, to assist in the state’s response.  We will be posting updates on the team’s mission, as well as pertinent information about the overall response to this disaster. Our thoughts are with all those effected.  (FDNY IMT))

Eyewitness Accounts

“Last night, almost 2,900 people stayed in as many as 37 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across #Florida, #Georgia and #Alabama due to #Michael. We mobilized more than 1,000 trained disaster workers to support relief efforts.”  https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html?cid=fy19hurmichael&med=social&source=arctwitter   (American Red Cross)

“Hurricane Michael has caused untold devastation along the Gulf Coast. We have pre-positioned enough shelter supplies, including cots and blankets, to be able to support some 15,000 people. To find a shelter location in your area, visit this website.” (American Red Cross)

Recovery Challenges

Thousands of people have been informally missing to local authorities, the Red CRoss and the State.  Here is a story written by mainstream media on the challenges all are facing in this area.  https://www.tampabay.com/photos/2018/10/13/hurricane-michael-in-photos-surveying-michaels-path-of-destruction-poses-challenges/ (Tampa Bay Times)

Protect Your Health

Tire and bucket filled with standing water

Photo Credit | HHS.gov

Mosquitoes can breed in standing water left from #HurricaneMichael. If you’re cleaning up, make sure to clear out buckets, planters, trash cans, and other items that hold water. More mosquito safety tips: bit.ly/2uw8YdC

 

Looting

Looting is so rampant, that there was a shooting by a Florida State Fire Marshall when a looter was in the process of stealing his police car, he was shot.  Signs are posted on trees and various places marked LOOTERS WILL BE SHOT.   https://katv.com/news/nation-world/looting-leads-to-deadly-shooting-in-panama-city-florida (KATV)

Law Enforcement

Photo Credit | GA National Guard

The Georgia State Patrol and the GA National Guard are currently working as a joint force.  “The 178th Military Police Company has been activated in support of #HurricaneMichael, they will be assisting local law enforcement.” (GA National Guard)

Emergency Resources – Communications

“Comms are key!  Soldiers from our 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion are setting up tactical satellite terminals to provide county Emergency Operations Centers with internet & phone so they can connect sooner with  Florida citizens in need.” (FL National Guard)

U.S. Airmen from the 283rd Combat Communications Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard, set up vital voice, data and radio communications capability during #HurricaneMichael relief efforts, Colquitt, GA. (U.S. Air National Guard photos contributed by 283rd CBCS)

“A big reason many of us joined the Air National Guard is to help with humanitarian missions when unexpected events like this happen.” – Georgia National Guard

Photo Credit | Florida Governors Office

Volunteer Ham Radio operators from Nassau County, in conjunction with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, are helping to communicate the needs from the disaster zone to those who can help.   https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20181013/nassau-county-amateur-radio-operators-aid-communications-following-hurricane-michael?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=jaxdotcom-SND  (Florida Times – Union)

Photo Credit | Walter Dix IAFF

Disaster Aid

IAFF Disaster Relief Assistance team dropping off supplies for IAFF Local 4413 members (Walton County) in Freeport, Florida.

Fire Personnel

Deployment Update: Region 5 (Central) is deploying additional teams to panhandle. Units left at 0300. Brings total number of Central Florida fire rescue personnel deployed to #HurricaneMichael to more than 140 responders (including pups ) representing 25 departments. (OC Fire Rescue)

Fire Task Force

PA Task Force1 fueled up today in Enterprise, Alabama, en route to Panama City, Florida, to assist in searches. (Philly Fire Dept)

Search and Rescue Activities

Photo Credit | VA-TF1

#VATF1  continues to conduct wide-area search of Panama City, Florida,with other #USAR teams. While conducting our searches, we’ve provided EMS care to victims of the storm and coordinated their transport to local medical facilities. (Virginia Task Force 1 – USA – 1 – Urban Search and Rescue team)

More Urban SAR operations in process in Mexico Beach. (Florida Forest Service)

Power Restoration

Crews working their second day on Walker St. near the Greensboro City arboretum to rebuild the power grid taken down by #TropicalStormMichael . Downed/broken poles and wire are common sites across the Triad and #NC but we are working hard to repair and restore.

Power Grid Construction 

Around 1,200 DukeEnergy lineman and support staff from the Midwest are working with local crews in the Triad today to rebuild portions of the power grid and restore power. (Jeff Brooks of Duke Energy)

Animal Rescue

“We have been so thankful for the support you’ve shown so far in our efforts to help animals displaced by #HurricaneMichael. But the work isn’t done.” (Humane Society – Naples)

Volunteers

Volunteers arrived at the Florida State Recreation  center into a shelter Floridians with special needs that have been displaced.   To help with volunteering or wish to donate to the Florida Disaster Fund, visit them at volunteerflorida.org (Volunteer Florida)

Self-Deployment

“Do not self deploy. Bring items you have here. We can make sure it gets to the people in need in a safe & timely manner.” (Walton Co Sheriff)

Damage Assessment, Serving Meals

Photo Credit | Salvation Army

As debris is  cleared from roadways, The #SalvationArmy is moving in to the areas most impacted by #HurricaneMichael to begin assessing needs and serving Anyone w/inquiries is asked to call 877-285-5505 EXT. 1005 Please be patient as our volunteers work to answer your questions in a timely manner.

OCTOBER 11, 2018 – Thursday

Assessments in Progress

SWFD Command Staff in Bay Co. assessing fire/rescue needs. As State of Florida Emergency Response Plan (SERP) Region 1 Coordinator, we’re coordinating assets/formulating plans to help our bay county neighbors. Continue to keep them in your thoughts. (South Walton FD)

Military Response

National Guard and Department of Defense (DoD) assets respond to the Florida Panhandle prior to the hurricane’s landfall. About 2250 – 3500 troops have been authorized to respond.  http://www.nationalguard.mil/News/Article/1659208/national-guard-other-dod-assets-respond-to-michael/ (US Air Force)

OCTOBER 10, 2018 – Wednesday

Personnel

40 Firefighters from 7 Central Florida FDs on way to Florida Panhandle tonight to help with SAR activities. (Ken Tyndall with WFTV)

At 8 a.m., I activated 1,500 Georgia Guardsmen to be placed on standby and deployed as needed to areas affected by Hurricane Michael. (GA Governor Nathan Deal)

OCTOBER 9, 2018 – Tuesday

Swift Water Rescue Team

Virginia’s Task Force’s 16-person Water Rescue Team departs for Florida in response to the Hurricane after being called upon to respond by FEMA.  This includes Fairfax Fire & Resue personnel. (VA-TF1 Force 1 – USA-1 – Urban Search and Rescue)

Supply Deliveries

Today, dozens of #GARedCross volunteer teams are moving into areas hardest hit by #HurricaneMichael — bringing food and supplies to people in need. In all, more than 1,000 trained #RedCross disaster workers are now on the ground, working with partners to provide the most help.

We will update as more resources and details are obtained from various Social Media and posted here. We would love it if you followed us on our own Social Media outlets:  @nwfireblog (Facebook and Twitter)

Thank you for reading our Blog post!

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/13/2018 – 1820 hours PDT

FLORIDA | HURRICANE MICHAEL | SIT REP 1

FLORIDA – We are providing an update on the aftermath of the Hurricane Michael incident in Florida and in a separate post of what is happening in other impacted States.   This is your Sit Rep for Saturday, October 13, 2018.

SURVIVORS SERVICES

(Note:  There is no cost to anyone who access these services)

 MEALS & DISASTER SUPPLIES 

Hot meals and Disaster Relief Supplies

Marianna (Jackson County).  Lowes parking lot. Sunday + Monday.  Source:  Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.  (See their Facebook page)

Free Meals

Destiny Worship Center. 133000 Panama City Beach Parkway.  Serving meals daily 11 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 6 pm. Source:  City of Panama City Beach – Government.   https://www.facebook.com/CityOfPanamaCityBeach/posts/2167839450104278

Food and Water Distribution

National Guard personnel at Distribution Centers.   Source:  WTXL TV.  http://www.wtxl.com/news/list-food-water-distribution-centers-around-the-big-bend/article_fed495f0-ce56-11e8-bf1a-bf7f09513c6b.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

Water, Ice, Groceries and Hygiene Kits

Convoy of Hope at Marianna Walmart. Source:  Hurricane Michael Resources Page.

COMMUNICATIONS

Wi-Fi

Reported by a OnStar member:  If you are in a Hurricane affected area and have OnStar in your vehicle. Just press the Blue button and they will provide your vehicle with free wi-fi. Source:  Hurricane Michael Resources Page.

MEDICAL CARE

Medical Care

Sacred Heart Primary Care -Apalachicola. They are opens at 1 pm – 4 pm. Source:  CEDR Digital Corps via Franklin EMA.

RELIEF SUPPORT

HOW TO HELP

Charity Giving

Website to search for Charities supporting Hurricane Michael survivors and how to give safely with transparent organization information.  Source:  Charity Navigator.   https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=6806

Crowdrelief

Page full of resources for survivors on how to request a rescue (call 9-1-1 first for emergencies), request supplies to rebuild a home, how to volunteer, send supplies or donate. This page is full of great information.  Source:  Cajun Navy Hurricane Michael Relief Page.  http://www.crowdrelief.net/HurricaneMichael

POST-DISASTER RE-ENTRY

Bay County

Lists the different phases for re-entry. Credentialed persons are only allowed to access various. Check this site before trying to gain entry in a certain area. #KnowBeforeYouGo  Source:  Bay County Government.  http://www.baycountyfl.gov/167/Post-Disaster-Re-Entry

FIRST RESPONDERS

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Team Rubicon Disaster Response

Vets of the Team Rubicon organization has been deployed and they are asking for more assistance.  Source:  TEAMRUBICONUSA.ORG

City of Panama City Beach

Utility personnel are on the job and working tirelessly to restore utilities.  Source: City of Panama City Beach – Government.   https://www.facebook.com/CityOfPanamaCityBeach

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Photo Credit | City of Panama City Beach

National Guard

Soldiers are working to set-up tactical satellite terminals to provide county EOCs with internet and phone service to connect to citizens in time of need.

Photo Credit | National Guard @FLGuard

National Guard personnel also were offloading water supplies from a chopper that flew into the area.

Florida Public Utilities

120 personnel (linemen) on the ground, working to restore power. There is an unknown estimated time when all will be restored (as of 10/12/2018 posting).

Jackson County 

Roads and Bridge – 80 crews on the roadway (as of 10/12/2018) due to increase up to 150 by today.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/13/2018 – 1445 PDT

Fire Apparatus of Days Gone By | Event of The Day

THE DALLES, OREGON | Are you a fire buff at heart?  Are you looking for some great educational opportunities to visit some old familiar pieces of fire history or want to just learn as much as you can about the Fire Service?  Looking for a fun activity you can bring the whole family to?

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, you will get that golden opportunity to visit one of The Dalles’ very own events featuring local firefighters and regional antique fire collectors during the Cherry Festival.  The event is being held at The Dalles Fire Museum in the downtown corridor located at 313 Court Avenue, The Dalles, Oregon from 0900 to 1500 hours.

The the location of the Fire Museum is where it all started for this City’s firefighters and fire apparatus.

What a great way to learn more about the Fire Department from years ago to the present.  It is highly encouraged to see all of these beautifully and handcrafted restored historical fire apparatus, meet their owners/drivers and ask all the questions to learn what it was like back in the day.   We promise this will be like one of those kids in the candy store good moments.

For more information about this event, contact jbrown@mcfr.org.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

York Firefighters Injured In Structure Fire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Around 1328 hours EDT on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, a fire ripped through the former Weaver Organ and Piano factory, a multiple story commercial warehouse.

The 4-alarm fire started on Wednesday evening on March 21,2018, from an unknown cause.

Photo Credit | York City Fire

LOCATION

The commercial structure was formerly a Piano factory that was in the process of being converted into loft apartments at Philadelphia and Broad Streets, called the Weaver Point Lofts.

It is located in the 100 block of N Broad Street & Walnut Streets in York, Pennsylvania.

Photo Credit | York City Fire

FIRE OPERATIONS

Fire crews remained on scene into the wee hours (0300 hours EDT) on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Photo Credit | York City Fire Department

MAY DAY

A mayday was called after the fourth floor of the brick mortar structure began to crumble while firefighters were working on hot spots.  The floor then completely collapsed on top of four firefighters that were interior, entrapping them.

Their conditions were reported as serious and were transported to a nearby hospital.  Two of the four firefighters were reported as having died at a local hospital.

RESOURCES

Reports of many firefighters were called in to assist with the collapse bringing in about 100-200 personnel.  Some of them were said to be retired firefighters.

PRESSERS

York City Mayor Michael Helfrich gave a presser on Thursday on the deadly fire and the killing of two of its firefighters that died at York Hospital.

Photo Credit | York City Mayor Michael Helfrich’s Office

“Our local emergency responders are there for us in our time of need. Tonight, we need to be there for them.

A firefighter died today when a wall collapsed at the site of a fire yesterday in the City of York. Other responders are fighting for their lives right now at York Hospital.

Every time the bell rings, every time the siren sounds, the men and women of our police and fire departments and ambulance services leave their posts, not knowing just what they will be asked to deal with. It is a task not all of us can do, and for that we should be eternally grateful to them.

Our hearts are heavy tonight for the fraternity of firefighters in the City of York, as well as the families of their deceased and injured colleagues.”

PA State Rep Kristin Phillips-Hill

REMEMBERING THEIR LEGACY

We remember these two fallen York City Fire and Rescue Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zach Anthony who were part of the IAFF Local 627 York Professional Firefighters.

Photo Credit | Bordentown IAFF 5065

HAPPENING NOW

In New York City, a MAY DAY was called when a FDNY firefighter went missing during a 4-Alarm Fire in Manhattan at a 5-story multiple dwelling.  That firefighter was rescued and transported to a nearby hospital. This was as of 2047 hours PDT on Thursday, March 22, 2018.  His/her condition is unknown at this time this article was published.

OUR SINCERE SYMPATHIES

Though we are not firefighters or Police Officers ourselves, we do know many of you personally and we have volunteered in various capacities in taking care of you on the fire ground.  We have seen firsthand what you all see, hear and feel when you share with us your stories and experiences of what it is like.

Hearing a MAY DAY of a downed firefighter makes all of us more keen to what is happening.  To hear about two firefighter LODDs and two others seriously injured, it breaks our souls and hearts into tiny pieces.

We send our sincere sympathies, prayers and thoughts to Firefighters Flanscha and Anthony’s families, Fire families, friends and those who were touched by their impact upon their lives and in their communities.  We are so sorry for your loss.

#NeverForget

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Call For Help, 911 Resources En Route

Incident Summary

A call for help prompted local Fire, Watershed and Volunteers whom responded to a Trail Rescue call for an injured hiker on Rattlesnake Ledge in North Bend, Washington.   The response began on Saturday, March 3, 2018, around 0844 hours PST.

Resources

Eastside Fire & Rescue, volunteers with the King County Search and Rescue (managed by the King County Sheriff Office) and alongside the Seattle Watershed dispatched personnel around 0844 hours PST.  About ten minutes later, they were still in the process of hiking into the patient’s location.  At that time, there was an unknown status of the injured person’s condition.

As of 0930 hours PST, Fire Officials confirmed that the Trail Rescue was now moving from a rescue to a recovery.  Fire personnel would be released from the scene as the King County Sheriff Office would take over the incident and the main contact for media requests.  KCSO will be working in conjunction with the Seattle Watershed during this recovery process.   Ed – We are so sorry for the  loss to this man’s family, friends and communities he impacted.

ABOUT EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE

Eastside Fire & Rescue consists of serving populations in the Carnation, Issaquah, May Valley, North Bend, Preston, Tiger Mtn., Sammamish and the Wilderness Rim (North Bend area).  Additionally, they include Fire Districts 10 and 38.  This Agency was created as a whole in January of 1999.  In January 2000, additional agencies would join this consolidation.

There are currently 145 full-time career personnel and about 50 volunteers that serve their communities 24/7/365.   They are part of the IAFF Local 2878.  They provide fire suppression, and many other disciplines including working in partnership with King County Search and Rescue teams to reach and treat injured hikers, as well as transporting them to nearby hospitals as needed.

For more information on this Fire Agency, go to their website at http://www.eastsidefire-rescue.org.

ABOUT KING COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE

King County Search and Rescue Association (KCSARA)

King County Search and Rescue (KCSAR) is a group of volunteers falls under the King County Sheriff’s Office which is responsible for all search and rescue activities in the County.    These groups provide a free service to the public and its communities that respond to numerous incidents that include: lost or injured hikers, hunters, children, elderly, missing persons and down missing aircraft.  Additionally, they assist during times of disasters such as flooding, windstorms, mudslides and earthquakes.

Within KCSAR, there are specialized organizations that work together in conjunction in reaching the ultimate goal of saving lives.

Want to find out more information about this great King County resource or want to join a specific group within the overall organization, visit the King County Search and Rescue Association’s website at http://www.kcsara.org

KCSARA is host to supporting and providing resources to its subgroups which consist of:

King County 4×4 SAR | KC4x4SAR consists of 100 mission ready personnel that are on stand-by to be deployed into areas where most conventional vehicles may find terrain impassable or difficult to negotiate.   These volunteers are highly trained in the ability to off-road assisting in looking for missing persons and downed missing aircraft.   Website:  http://www.kc4x4sar.org/

King County Incident Support Team |  The Incident Support Team provides support to the King County Sheriff’s Office during missions which include administration, record-keeping, radio logging and other duties that may be assigned.  Additionally, they also provide Incident Command Systems or ICS expertise before, during and after missions, assistance with plan development and execution.   Requirements to join this unit include; Amateur Radio License (HAM) within the first year of members and taking all WAC classes offered by the King County Search and Rescue Association/King County Sheriff Office as required to become a County volunteer.  Website:  http://www.kcsara.org/units/King_County_Search_And_Rescue_Incident_Support_Team/

Explorer Search and Rescue |  ESAR is the largest of the KCSARA eight units.  This unit was founded in 1954 and is a 100% volunteer organization just like all the others.  This organization is different from the rest in how its members are generally geared to the younger crowd (youths) and have older members that are field team members, mentors and various supporting other roles.  This unit generally responds to 60 missions annually.  Website:  http://www.kcesar.org/

King County Search Dogs |  This unique SAR dog unit is made up of handlers and teams that provide canine search services within King County and upon request by other sources as approved by the King County Sheriff’s Office.  They specialize in air scent, which is to locate any human within the teams search area or tracking/trailing which the dog is given a scent article that will enable he/she to follow a scent path of a specific individual.  Additionally, this team also has members that specialize in areas such as evidence search, water search, disaster or avalanche search.   Website:  http://www.kcsearchdogs.org/

Northwest Horseback Search and Rescue | Members of this unit are horse owners who volunteer their time as a horse and rider team to aid in the search for the lost, injured or missing persons.  Teams also may be requested to assist in the transportation of equipment or supplies.  They are highly trained in wilderness navigation, first aid, search techniques and survival skills.  All members work and train together to help reach the end goals and search objectives.   Website:  http://www.nwhsar.org/

Seattle Mountain Rescue | This volunteer unit is made up of at least 100 mountain climbers that focus on saving lives through back-country search and rescue and mountain safety education.  Their specialties include:  high angle, low angle and high hazard operations.  Website:  http://www.seattlemountainrescue.org/

Ski Patrol Alpine Rescue Team | SPART provides emergency medical/trauma care in wilderness environments all year-round in the King County area.  They are 60-member (volunteers) strong who passionate and highly driven to respond to that cry whenever or wherever it may come from.  They also support other units within the KCSAR organization by maintaining two caches stocked with safety and rescue gear.   Many of the volunteers involved in SPART are also volunteers/members with the Northwest Region of the National Ski Patrol and the American Red Cross of King County.  Website:  http://www.spart.us/

Pacific Northwest Trackers Association |  PNWT is a fully qualified team of high level trained, dedicated and passionate members that use their expertise in locating “lost persons” and evidence searches by using their tracking skills.  They also teach those who are interested in learning their perfected craft.  Website:  http://www.pacificnwtrackers.com/

ABOUT THE CEDAR WATERSHED’S ICONIC TRAIL

Rattlesnake Ledge Trail | The Rattlesnake Ledge Trail is located within the Cedar River Watershed owned and operated by the City of Seattle. It is open and a maintained trail that is approximately two miles to the Ledge.  The trail is said to be moderate to difficult.  A foot only trail, it is a venue to no fires or camping.

This trail is said to be one of the most popular trails in the region and it is also known to be a dangerous venue as it is host to exposed cliffs and steep drops.  Warnings of possible high usage come with many persons and dogs that can create obstacles.

This is a very beautiful trail and as you ascend, you will find why it is so popular here in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information, visit the Seattle Public Utilities website  http://www.seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/Education/CedarRiverWatershed/RattlesnakeLedge/index.htm

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

TX Reeling From Post-Storm Affects – 2

POST SUMMARY State of Texas, known as The Lone Star State was hit extremely hard from by a Category 4 Hurricane (Harvey) that made landfall late evening on Friday, August 25, 2017.  It was downgraded to a Category 2 later but not before the storm unleashed its fury of downpours.  

This storm is due to produce ever more water than the areas can even hold flooding structures, infrastructures, threatening the State’s economy.    The storm reached its peak intensity slamming into Rockport sustaining much of the extreme amount of damage.  Many parts of the State have been devastated beyond recognition.

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” It is the first time since 9/11 that all 28 FEMA Urban SAR teams have been mobilized.”

– Jeff Stern, VA State DEM Coordinator

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DISTRESS CALLS

Call 9-1-1.  The US Coast Guard says do not report Distress calls over Social Media. You must report by calling 911.  Keep trying until you get through.

EVACUATIONS

Rosenburg, TX.  Mandatory evacuations for homes on Huntington Road. Unknown if bridge into area will hold as river levels are rising. Bridge is only escape out of area. (Posted by RPD 2202 Hours CDT). 

Bay City, TX. Mayor announces entire City is under a mandatory evacuation by 1300  hours on Monday, 8/28/2017, due to 10-foot flood expected. https://www.facebook.com/footstepsforthefallen/posts/645510148987649

Sugar Land, TX. Two LIDs are under mandatory evacuations. http://abc13.com/judge-mandatory-evacuations-for-two-sugar-land-lids/2349438/

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As of Aug 27, 2017,  there is NO evacuation orders in place for the City of Pearland. (This was fake news)

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(Credit: Rosenberg PD)

RESCUE TIPS

What to Do to Be Rescued.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

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Houston 911 received 56,000 calls (from 2200 hours Saturday, 8/26/2017 through 0100 hours on Sunday, 8/27/2017).  During an average day, they usually handle about 8,000 calls.  

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

No Drones in Disaster Recovery Zones.  TX Military Department has seen a rise of

Drone operators trying to get in on some action of their own, but did you know that it is extremely dangerous for those on the ground and in the air?  Did you know it is illegal and can not only net you a ticket, but some hefty jail time? It is true.  Here are some of the problems and where rescuers are working.

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FAA, DOD asking people not to fly drones in and around Houston, TX.  There have been reports of close calls by pilots.

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CLOSURES

WB I-10. Westbound I-10 being closed at mile marker 655 or about 40 miles east of Seguin due to flooding. (TxDOT – Yoakum)

Ben Taub Hospital, MD Anderson. Shutdown as of 1913 hours CDT.  These are the two trauma hospitals in the City.

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As of 0600 Hours CDT 8/27/2017, Houston TranStar logged 174 high-water road closures in the area. This included I-10, I-45, I-610, I-69, US 290, TX 225, TX 288,  Beltway 8 and TX 3 in Galveston, Texas.

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HOW TO HELP

Volunteers Needed.  City of Dallas, TX.  http://www.voly.org/join/index.html

Boats Needed.  Houston Police Department.  Call 713-881-3100.

Blood Donations. Austin hospitals need blood donations at We Are Blood, A Blood  Center in Central Texas.  https://weareblood.org/

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 Social media rumors tell of hundreds dead, thousands of rooftop rescues and millions of people stranded is #FakeNews. 

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SAFETY

Boil Water Alert.  City of Corpus Christi is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to the Storm’s destruction. Effective 8/25/2017, until further notice.

American Red Cross.  Safe and Well.  Register today so your loved ones can find you, or use as a way to find those who may be missing.  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown campaign is critical in saving lives more than ever. 

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Facebook Safety Check.  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP.  https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/hurricane-harvey-aug24-2017/about/

Emergency Alerts.  Sign up for Pearland, TX Residential Alerts here –> https://www.pearlandtx.gov/residents/get-connected/e-alerts  Government offices currently shutdown on 8/28/2017 and 8/29/2017 with a possibility of longer says their website.

Wading Through Flood WatersAVOID DRIVING, WALKING through flood waters.  6 inches of swiftly moving water can knock an adult over.  (NWS Houston)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Incident Cooperators are those who act as Partners and as in this State of Emergency – work together on Federal, State and Local levels to ensure resources are able to assist the area’s needs of the government, its people, property and its communities. Due to the vast amount of resources, we apologize ahead of time if we missed anyone!

American Red Cross.  100’s of volunteers are/have traveled all over the U.S. to lend their time, talents and compassion to victims and evacuees. 

LA Cajun Navy.  State of Louisiana sending the LA Cajuna Navy. 

TX Governor Greg Abbott  

Houston OEM

Houston PD.  SWAT team conducted several hundred high-water rescues and were still actively searching and conducting more rescue operations. (1713 CDT)

(Credit: Houston PD)

INTF-1 HAZMAT Support.  Indiana Task Force 1 arriving in Katy (near Houston), TX. (1834 PDT)

LAFD TF1.  70 members en route says LAFD Fire Chief Terrazas.

MA-TF1.  A FEMA Task Force is en route from Massachussetts and will soon joining others. (1810 PDT)

Miami-Dade Fire.  FL-TF1 en route to Texas to assist with SAR effects in affected areas.

(Credit: MDFR)

National Guard.  Multiple military trucks, Humvees and other vehicles that can tread water were seen driving down City streets.

New Jersey.  SAR crews were deployed.

FDNY – NYPD USAR NY TF1.  The Joint FDNY and NYPD USAR NY Task Force-1 deployed earlier today.

(Credit: FDNY)

PA TF-1.  40 members.  Leaving the PA Fire Academy and heading to South Texas.  (1917 PDT)

Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies.  Hotline setup for people with Disabilities. 800-626-4959.

Sacramento Fire.  USAR TF7 sends 14-member water rescue team.  Crews drove 2,000 miles to their destination.

Salvation Army.  Previously shipped extra pallets of water and food on 8/23/2017.

Save The Children.  Setting up Child Friendly Spaces in evacuation shelters to help kids and families.  DONATIONS. Text “HURRICANE” to 2022 to donate $25 to the “Save the Children’s Hurricane Harvey  Relief Fund”.

TX State, Emergency Management Department Is the main hub of activity that will coordinate Federal, State and local resources pouring into their State.

US Coast Guard Heartland.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

USCG makes sure no Family member is left behind. Rescuing pets and their people. (Credit: USCG Heartland)

WA TF1 Urban SAR.  FEMA team from Pierce County, Washington State is sent to assist along with other FEMA units.

SHELTERS

American Red Cross Shelters.  Shelter Locator here –> http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter?utm_source=arctwitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvey

Harris County, TX.  Compiled list of open shelters. http://readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26637

Katy ISD.  The Morton Ranch HS (MRHS) located at 21000 Franz  Road 77449 and the Cinco Ranch HS (CRHS) located at 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, both in Katy, TX will be opening at 0730 CDT on Monday.  They will be offering shelter, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to those in need.  DONATIONS of blankets, pillows, towels will be accepted at either High School beginning at 0730 hours.  SOCIAL MEDIA Channels are Katy ISD “OnTheGo” app. Website:  www.Katyisd.org.  Twitter:  @katyisd 

 

WEATHER TRACKERS

Storm Surge Tracker.  The NWS  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

There are multitudes of photos, storm images and other unimaginative descriptions of what those are truly seeing, hearing and experiencing.  We will share with you what they are feeling, see and what they are hearing.  Some photos are copyrighted so we will try to explain the best way we can as to what is being posted out there in the Social Media world.

(Credit: USCG Heartland)

USCG Heartland.  Sector Corpus Christi IMD members assess damage in Port Aransas, TX. 

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –>  http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT

Gas Prices.  National news media reporting gas prices are set to spike due to #HurricaneHarvey wreaks havoc on our vital energy facilities.  It is time to focus on rescues and saving lives.  This something that can easily be put back on the back burner.

Roadblocks.  I-10 freeway is now closed due to heavy flooding. Police are using multiple cruiser to keep motorists out of harm’s way.  A photo by a news media outlet shows mostly semis (approximately 8 semi rigs across and unknown how long the back-up is but there is no getting off this freeway by turning around.

Pet Rescues.  Social media reporting dog rescues are coming in at 60 per hour. 

Countries Pray for  Our U.S. Texas.  Canadian President: “Canadians are keeping the people of Texas in our thoughts – we’re ready to offer any assistance needed to help recover from this disaster.” – Justin Trudeau

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 

Hurricane Harvey Slams into Texas – 1

Post Summary | A Category 4 Hurricane has slammed into the United States with a direct hit to the State of Texas. Many in Texas began preparation as early as August 23, 2017.

This post will be the first of many to come with us gleaning information from all over Social Media, news media, government sites and other additional countless sources.

We are posting by the date of when the information/storm details and other news was reported.  At the bottom of each update we will put the current publishing date and time.

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We are thinking of our friends in the Texas and those in the direct path where Harvey is due to impact.  Please heed all evacuation orders and listen to First Responders/Agencies helping with various resources.

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EOC / PARTNERS

TX State, Emergency Management Department.  State spends the day together to ensure State and Federal partners are ready to support to local partners. (8/23/2017)

Salvation Army.  Disaster Response delivers an additional 13 pallets of water and 10 pallets of clean-up kits for staging. (8/23/2017)

Local resources.  People gather together to fill sandbags. (8/24/2017)

ALERTS!

Pets Alive:  Austin Pets Alive are seeking foster families for evacuated pets arrival.  See news story here — > http://www.statesman.com/lifestyles/pets/austin-pets-alive-seeks-foster-families-after-evacuated-pets-arrive/TxRup2za5M9cB0qbZJJ7mI/ .

National Weather Service (NWS) of Houston, TX:  Flash Flood Warning for Lake Jackson, Freeport and Clute, TX.  https://twitter.com/NWSHouston/status/901344176301801472 (8/26/2017)

City of Corpus Christi:  City is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to Storm’s destruction. (8/25/2017)

RESOURCES

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –> http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT)

Facebook Safety Check:  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP. (8/26/2017)

National Weather Service:  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. (8/23/2017)

Media:  Text messages will go through when calls won’t.  It will free up space for emergency communication. (8/24/2017)

EVACUATIONS  

Shelters:  Do not require you to show proof of ID. (8/25/2017)

News Media:  Island Campus students are ordered to evacuate/leave campus.  Required to be off campus by 0700 hours CDT.  Move-in day was supposed to be on 8/24/2017 but has since been postponed due to the incoming hurricane. (8/23/2017) 

News Media:  Pleas from posters ask pet owners not to leave pets tied up outside or leave them outside. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  RVs seen evacuating on ferries out of the Port Aransas area. (8/24/2017)

WEATHER

News Media:  WIND has been downgraded only.  There is due to be catastrophic & historic flooding that will continue for days even after the Storm has left the area.

News Media:  Rain has begun in Bexar County.  Heaviest will be to the SE. (8/25/2017 @ 0355 hours)

News Media:  Up to possible 10″ of rain in parts of Texas so far from the Storm.  (8/26/2017 @ 0359 hours)

News Media:  Rainbands reaching the TX coastline. (8/26/2017 / 0353 hours CDT)

News Media:  Storm was at a Cat4 made landfall on 8/25/2017.  Now down to a strong Cat2 but flooding threat is just beginning.   Reports of 25 mi NNW of Rockport, TX.  Moving NW at 6 mph.  Max winds @ 110 mph.  Min Pressure is at 954 mb. (8/26/2017 / 0352 hours CDT)

This is what a Cat4 Hurricane looks like in space. Credit: NASA

NWS of Lake Charles.  Current weather conditions in Miami, FL.  Storm weakening over land but water levels are still rising. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCUAT4+shtml/260758.shtml (8/26/2017)

Twitter Poster:  As of 0300 hours CDT.  Rockport, TX (25 mil NNW).  Victoria, TX (35 miles SSW).  (8/26/2017)

Corpus Christi Visitor Center:  Map released showing hurricane due to hit landfall on Mexico at 1000 hours CDT on Wednesday; to impact parts of Texas and Louisiana around 1000 hours CDT on  8/26/2017. (8/23/2017)  

News Media:  Map released of Houston, TX about to get poured upon this weekend and early next week.  Some rain projections of up to 36″ of rain! (8/23/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Weather predictions for TX are also affecting Costa Rica with high chances of rain. (8/23/2017)

EYEWITNESS REPORTS

Twitter Poster:  Rain was supposed to hit on 8/25/2017 @ 1900  hours with renewed time at 0300 hours.  Current time 0339 hours. No rain. (8/26/2017 / 0349 CDT)

News Media:   Residents at the Rockport (City of) Senior housing complex have been rescued. (8/25/2017 / 2300 CDT)

News Media:  Tornado damage in Sargent, TX. (8/25/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Tide begins to rise on an empty beach North of Bob Hall Pier. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   Water already rising into the barge docks across from the American Bank Center. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   A General Surgeon stays behind while his family flies out of the Corpus Christi airport. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Raining then stopped at the University of Houston. (8/23/2017)

SOCIAL MEDIA  

News Media:  162,000  – 200,000 people in Corpus Christi without power and clean water.

Twitter Poster:  We will ride out this storm and it will be flooded all over Corpus Christi.  We will still end up with (water) restrictions. (8/23/2017)

Ignoring the Evacuation Order:  Some people have decided to ignore the evacuation order and now, some say – they did not know this was going to come and are stuck in their homes, businesses and other structures.

Thank you for reading our post.   Our next update will be later in the day on Saturday.

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/26/2017 @ 0230 PDT

Seattle Police Officers Injured During DT Robbery

Incident Summary

Four Seattle Police Officers were wounded today after they responded to a robbery call in the 600 block of 1st Ave in downtown Seattle today.  Officers were dispatched around 1300 hours today to a robbery call at the 7-11 convenience where two young  suspects fled on foot.

Keeping the Public Safe

Those who were in surrounding buildings were told to shelter-in-place and not come out until it was safe.  A report of the courthouse was placed in Lockdown along with other governmental offices nearby.

Officers Sustain Injuries

One Officer was injured while a fight ensued with one of the suspects and trying to get the suspect into custody.  He was hurt by the suspect hitting him over the top of the head with a bottle.

During the foot pursuit, gunfire was heard and injured three additional Officers.  One suffered a GSW to the abdomen; the second had a hand wound injury and the third was hit in the abdomen.  Two of the three Officers were released with one being upgraded to serious.  The third Officer was shot in the face.

Suspects Off the Streets

There were a total of three suspects.  One was a 17-year old female and the other an adult male both placed in custody while the third was a 19-year old male who was found with multiple wounds.  He later died of his injuries.

Ongoing Investigation

The Seattle Police say this is an ongoing investigation case and there were limited additional details released, as Media continued to ask multitudes of questions during a Presser this evening.

All Around Thank Yous

The Seattle Police thanked many during their Presser this evening.  They stated they were greatly appreciative of the Officers whom responded to the robbery call and injured Officers for their courage and bravery into a hostile situation.

They also thanked the men and women from Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies for checking in on their Officers.

To the Seattle Fire Department and those at Harborview Medical Center for taking great care of their Officers.  They said they could not say how much they appreciated the care and would be amiss for not saying thank you to those directly involved.

Social Media 

Looking through the eyes of Social Media, we found several mainstream media news outlet reporting all kinds of misinformation, even after the main source reported their updates.  Since, we are not mainstream media and mostly go directly to the source for reporting, we were kind of baffled why the information was not correct.

Here are some of the reporting from those caught in the crossfire [not really but nearby the incident scene] or sending out good thoughts to SPD Officers.   Here is what some had to say…..

3rd suspect taken into custody shortly after 6pm. Now being interviewed by detectives.” – Seattle PD

“Bullet proof vest saved one Seattle Police officer after shooting. 2nd officer shot in face and chest, not in critical condition.” – Media

“Due to police activity: All cars exiting Colman Dock in Seattle will be directed north and south onto Alaskan Way. No eastbound access UFN.” – Ferry system goes in to Lockdown

“Armed police just appeared to enter the U.S. Post Office building at Madison & 1st with weapons drawn.” – Twitter user

“Prayers for the police officers shot in Our Country has gone mad!” – Twitter user

“What a sad day. First two police officers shot in Seattle, then attack on cops in Paris, and now two more shot in Hardeeville, SC.” – Twitter user

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the SPD officers and their families.” – Govt Agency

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters of the Seattle Police Department.” – Local Police Department

“BAD Public Safety day. 2 Officers killed in France, 2 Officers Shot in Seattle & an FF dies in a 2 Alarm Fire today.”  – Twitter user

“What a horrible day. Paris, Seattle, NY Fire Dept & Hardeeville Pd/Jasper County Sheriff.” – Twitter user

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