Little Valley Fire | Nevada | Update 2

Updated 8:30 PM PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date / Time

The Little Valley Fire was reported @ 1:38 AM on 10/14/2016.  It started in the Little Valley / Washoe area.

Crew from Sac Fire on @Cal_OES Type I Strike team at #LittleValleyFire. Fortifying drainage ditches in advance of next wave of storms. (Credit: Sacramento FD)

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire Fuels

The Wildfire is burning in mixed timber, sagebrush and grass on a combination of Federal, State and Private lands.

Size, Containment Status

The fire has been reduced down to 2291 acres with a containment status of 90%.

Future Fire Activities

Fire crews will continue to build and strengthen containment lines, as well as structure protection.  There is a plan in the very near future for re-population activities.

Fire Managers report the great news of almost nearly three (3) inches of rain on the fire line, helping decrease fire behavior.

RESOURCES

Personnel 

There are a total of 600 personnel assigned to this incident.  4 injuries have been reported.

Equipment/Resources

Assigned to this incident are 70 engines, 18 hand crews and 2 helicopters.

Incident Cooperators 

(Fire)  BLM, CAL Fire, Carson City Fire, Nevada DNR, Nevada DOF, Nevada National Guard, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Reno FD, Sparks FD, Storey County Fire Protection District,Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and USDA Forest Service.

(Law Enforcement)  Carson City Sheriff, Nevada Dept of Public Safety, Nevada Highway Patrol, Reno PD, Washoe County Schools Police, Washoe County Sheriff

(Human Services) American Red Cross.

(Transportation)  Nevada DOT and Washoe County Roads Division.

(Emergency Management) California OES, Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Washoe County Emergency Management.

(Government)  Nevada Governor’s Office, Washoe County Animal Services, Washoe County Building Services, Washoe County Commissioners, Washoe County Community Services, Washoe County Manager and Washoe County Social Services.

(EMS) Regional Emergency Medical Services

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Structures Saved

Fire crews were able to save 480 residences.

Structures Under Threat

500

Structures Destroyed

There were 23-residences and 17-outbuildings.  Evacuations are still in effect.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

From the Fireground

“Chief Moore thanks the Great Basin Incident Management team for the incredible response and support to our community.” – Truckee Meadows Fire (10/17/2016)

Credit: Truckee Meadows Fire

CAL OES Strike Team (Credit: Sacramento Fire)

“Turlock and OES Firefighters return home safely.” – Turlock Fire Department (10/17/2016)

Credit: Turlock Fire Department

Governor’s Office

“Without hesitation our first responders always answer the call. Grateful for them. (Fire Debriefing Meeting)

Credit: Nevada State Governor Sandoval

Hashtags Used for The Fire

NW Fire Blog:  #LittleValleyFire  #NvWILDFIRE

Social Media:   #LittleValleyFire #Turlock #TurlockFD #OES #ALCO #

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

NEW: Hurricane Matthew Recovery Efforts | Robeson NC | Update 1

Updated 4:30 PM PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Robeson County, North Carolina was one of many areas hit hard by Hurricane Matthew’s fury on October 7th (Friday) and 8th (Saturday), 2016.  This post and future ones are all about how the Robeson County (NC) area was devastated and their efforts to recover from Matthew’s aftermath.

To give you a perspective of how large this incident truly is, let’s put it in acres.  Over 600,000 acres have been impacted by Matthew in one shape or form.

Water is in the forecast to recede to a “Minor Flood Stage” on October 27, 2016.

Though there is no 100% guarantee when this is due to be cleaned up, Emergency Managers are tentatively saying they are looking at a date of November 30th.  This area will forever be changed from Matthew’s fury, but the people will move forward and prosper once again.

Record-Breaking Impacts

Historic Flooding:  Hurricane Matthew impact over the area dropped torrential downpours and tropical storm force winds led to historic flooding of the Lumber River.

Flooded:  Almost 7100 structures in Robeson County alone.

Road Conditions:  Of the impacted areas, 41 road closures were in effect due to washed out bridges and culverts.  Portions of I-95 and US 74 crossing the Lumber River are closed to traffic.

Shelters:  Multiple Red Cross shelters are being managed by the Agency along with the County EOC.

County EOC:  The Robeson EOC is being assisted by the National Guard to manage a number of food/water distribution points.

Water Supply:  The County’s Municipal water supply systems have been restored.  Work is in process to return the City of Lumberton’s water treatment plant back to an operational status.

Utilities:  Crews are working to repair and replace the utilities infrastructure.  Slowly, they are able to restore and reduce the number of customer outages. However, in some areas where it is still flooded, workers have to wait for the water to recede before being able to restore power due to safety concerns.

Staffing:  There are 598 incident personnel and cooperators from 110 various Agencies that have responded to hurricane damage and the flooding aftermath in this area alone.

SOCIAL MEDIA

From A First Responders Point-of-View

“SFD Deployment Strike Team returned some pics of search and rescue missions since they have been in Lumberton and Robeson County.” – Fire Salisbury NC (10/14/2016)

Credit: Fire Salisbury NC

“MCFD has dispatched 3 firefighters, a Pumper-Tanker, and a utility truck.” Morehead City FD. (10/12/2016)

“Holly Springs Fire Dept. Boat Team in Robeson County to assist in saving stranded livestock from farms. Neighbors helping neighbors.” – Wake County, NC  (10/14/2016)

Credit: Wake County, NC

State of Emergency

“NEIGHBOR HELPING NEIGHBOR: When Robeson Co called us for help, we considered it our duty to help displaced families.” Durham Sheriff (10/16/2016)

“Repairs are currently underway on I-95 at mile marker 18.” NC DOT

Credit: NC DOT

“We are working to get medicine and pharmaceuticals to shelters.” – Gov Office NC (10/8/2016)

“Rainfall reports: 11.57″ – Bladen Co; 8.64 Robeson County; 8.5 since midnight – Fayetteville Reg Airport; 8.15″ in Columbus Co.” Emergency Management (10/8/2016)

The People Have Spoken

“Lumberton NC (Robeson Co) 50 yrs living here I’ve never seen such devastation. We will rise again.”

“First load of donations delivered to American Indian Mothers Inc.”

“Everyone pls. send healing vibes towards the flood victims.”

“Robeson is the poorest county in the state…. it’s also 38% Native American & 25% black.”

“On Indigenous People Day, don’t forget Robeson Co. NC floods, where poverty is high & many identify as Lumbee Indian.”

“The Trumps (@LaraLeaTrump) delivered tons of supplies for flood victims as well! Thank you from Robeson County NC!”

“ok y’all. We need a benefit concert for us in Robeson County NC.”

“I never thought something like this would happen to Robeson County, it has really open my eyes to how grateful we should be.”

“… is one of the poorest regions in NC & the aftermath Mathew left is heartbreaking to watch.”

Via News Media Coverage 

“All Public schools closed Monday-Wednesday”. (10/16/2016)

” A firefighter injured when hit by falling tree. Difficulty transported to hospital due to blocked roads and flooding.” (10/14/2016)

“The County continues to face challenges due to the flooding.” (10/14/2016)

“Anson County leads donation efforts, sends supplies.”  (10/14/2016)

“Gov. McCrory says 17 people are now confirmed dead to Hurricane Matthew effects in NC. Two more deaths reported today.” (10/11/2016)

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

NEW: Little Valley Fire | Nevada | Update 1

Updated 2:00 PM PDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Photo of the Little Valley Fire (Credit: Turlock FD)

Start Date / Time

The Little Valley Fire was reported @ 1:38 AM on 10/14/2016.  It started in the Little Valley / Washoe area.

Crew from Sac Fire on @Cal_OES Type I Strike team at #LittleValleyFire. Fortifying drainage ditches in advance of next wave of storms. (Credit: Sacramento FD)

Cause

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire Fuels

The Wildfire is burning in mixed timber, sagebrush and grass on a combination of Federal, State and Private lands.

Size, Containment Status

 

Fire crews have successfully held the fire to 3400 acres with a 20% containment status.  Some rain has fallen over the fire ground helping reduce the fire behavior.

Future Fire Activities

Fire Managers will send a major deployment of structure protection engines. Line construction and mop-up will continue.

Little Valley Fire Morning Briefing2 10/15/16

Morning Briefing on Saturday, 10/15/2016. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

 

RESOURCES

Staffing 

The fire is being managed by Kim Martin’s Type 1 Incident Command Team over 1007 fire personnel.

Incident Cooperators 

(Fire)  BLM, CAL Fire, Carson City Fire, Nevada DNR, Nevada DOF, Nevada National Guard, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Reno FD, Sparks FD, Storey County Fire Protection District,Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and USDA Forest Service.

(Law Enforcement)  Carson City Sheriff, Nevada Dept of Public Safety, Nevada Highway Patrol, Reno PD, Washoe County Schools Police, Washoe County Sheriff

(Human Services) American Red Cross.

(Transportation)  Nevada DOT and Washoe County Roads Division.

(Emergency Management) California OES, Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Washoe County Emergency Management.

(Government)  Nevada Governor’s Office, Washoe County Animal Services, Washoe County Building Services, Washoe County Commissioners, Washoe County Community Services, Washoe County Manager and Washoe County Social Services.

(EMS) Regional Emergency Medical Services

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Structures Destroyed

There were 22-residences and 17-outbuildings.  Evacuations are still in effect.

Structures Saved

Fire crews were able to save 480 residences.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

From the Fireground

“South Placer BR19 and Strike Team XPL-4138C are in line to demob from the fire.” – South Placer Fire (10/16/2016)

“North State Firefighters still committed.” – Chico FD (10/16/2016)

“Panoramic view from Sac Fire crews on strike team this AM. Early morning mop-up on the , near Carson City, NV.” – Sacramento Fire (10/15/2016)

“Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Sent to Battle fire.” – Livermore-Pleasanton Fire (10/14/2016)

“2843 was deployed earlier today as part of strike team XAL 2008A.” – Piedmont Fire (10/14/2016)

“Fire jumped the road, now burning toward Washoe Valley.” – News media (10/14/2016)

Press Conference with County Commissioners and Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller (Credit: Truckee Meadows Fire Department)

“We’re sending 3 Cal OES engines.” – Kern County Fire (10/14/2016)

“In Support of NVDPS, we are sending a 25 engine strike team to assist.” – CAL OES (10/14/2016)

Emergency Management

“Residents of Franktown Rd area are not allowed back into the area due to dangerous conditions. Residents call 328-2003.” – Truckee Meadow Fire (10/15/2016)

“Regional Emergency Operations Center is busy with local leaders providing support to firefighters battling the fire.” – Truckee Meadows Fire (10/14/2016)

“Due to unsafe conditions Residents on Franktown Rd aren’t allowed to return to homes to assess damage. Please stay out of area.” Truckee Meadows FD (10/14/2016)

General Information

“Washoe County Sheriff asks that people stay out of the area due to fire traffic, localized flooding and unstable ground.” – News media (10/16/2016)

“My heart goes out to the families who lost their homes.  I’ve declared a state of emergency to provide add’l resources.” – Governor Sandoval (10/15/2016)

“A veterinarian is located at UNR Equestrian Center on Wells Ave. to treat any injured animals.” – Washoe County (10/14/2016)

“Depoali Middle School is the primary evacuation center.  About 50 people here.” – Media (10/14/2016)

“Discounted hotel rates being offered at Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus for those affected by local fires.” – Media (10/14/2016)

“Rancharrah is opening its doors to horses being evacuated.” – Media (10/14/2016)

“Equestrian Center is available for evacuation of livestock from Washoe Valley. The center is located at 1290 Valley Rd. Call 775-784-6237. ” (10/14/2016)

“Residents in Galena, Montreaux, Joy Lake Road, St. James may return home but should be prepared to evac on short notice.” Truckee Valley Fire (10/14/2016)

Hashtags Used for The Fire

NW Fire Blog:  #LittleValleyFire  #NvWILDFIRE

Social Media:   #LittleValleyFire #Turlock #TurlockFD #OES #ALCO #

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Large Quakes Rock Italy | August 23, 2016

 

EARTHQUAKE SUMMARY

italy

Area hit the hardest by the Quake with some outlying areas. (Credit: USGS)

Incident Info

Two large earthquakes shook areas just SE and NE of Norcia, Italy at in the early morning hours (0230 local time or 1930 PDT), reports the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The original quake was reported by the USGS as a M6.2  and a later aftershock at M5.5.

Aftershocks

A local Agency similar to  the American USGS reported feeling about 10 aftershocks in both Central and Northern Italy within a two-hour period.  The impact has reached as many the upwards of 10 million people in  the Country.

ALERTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

American Red Cross – Safe and Well App

Are you safe in Italy and want your loved ones to know? Check out The American Red Cross app @ https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

Facebook – Safety Check App

Let your loved ones know through Facebook that you are safe.  https://www.facebook.com/about/safetycheck/

American Citizens

The U.S. State Department is urging American citizens in Italy to let your Loved Ones know you are okay via Social Media.

PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Incoming Reports

Amatrice

The Mayor of Amatrice, a nearby mountainous town of less than 3,000 (2008 census) reported their City was in complete ruins.  People were reportedly entrapped underneath collapsed buildings.  The Mayor has pleaded with the public to make room for Emergency Response vehicles to be able to pass and reach those who need those services the most.

SOCIAL MEDIA

News Media

Local Media:  Various reports of  Magnitudes of the original Quake from M5.7 – M6.4.

Local Quake Agency:  “We have felt about 10 aftershocks from M3.8 to M6.3 in a matter of several hours.”

Video via CNN:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4r56B4jSVk

EMSC: “Aftershock rate is high in following M6.2 and will likely continue in the coming days.”

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Beautiful Amatrice (before) in the snow-covered mountains. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Eyewitness Reports

Mayor of Amatrice:   “We can hear people screaming trapped under the ruins. We need help!  Our historic City is no longer here.”

Hashtags for this Incident

Social Media is using the following Hashtags – #Italy  #earthquake  #terremoto  #Italia  #hmrd

We are also using the following Hashtags – #ItalyQuake  #NWFireBlogItaly #NorciaQuake

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7.9M #NepalQuake | The Worst Disaster in Nepalese History in 80 Years

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Earthquake

On Saturday April 25th, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the Lamjung District of Nepal, around 1211 NPT [Seattle is 12 hrs 45 mins behind].

21 aftershocks have also struck the region including a 5.2 in the mountains causing a landslide on Mt. Everest.

It was the biggest earthquake to strike the country in 80 years. The earthquake was felt across the region from India to China and left immense destruction, flattening sections of Kathmandu and triggering avalanches in mount Everest.

Mt. Everest Landslide.

17 people have been reportedly killed when the face of the mountain slide down on to Camps 1 and 2 below after a 5.2M earthquake [aftershock] triggered a landslide.

Sources:  Humanity Road.org, Wikipedia.

SOCIAL MEDIA / VIDEO OF DISASTER

CASUALITIES

  • The country’s Police Department put the death toll at 1,382, with almost 4,482 injured.
  • Another 20 were killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. Given the scale of the destruction, the death toll is almost certain to rise, said Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal.
  • Death Toll rises to 2500. http://news.yahoo.com/death-toll-nepal-earthquake-passes-1-000-police-160548831.html;_ylt=AwrTHQ9TYT1VORUAMcxXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzMTM1OTQzBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDU01FODM3XzEEc2VjA3Nj

Sources:  Nepal PD, AP News, CNN, Yahoo News.

Overwhelming visible crumbled buildings seen, emotional damaged people not so much. [Photo Credit: World Vision USA]

Overwhelming visible crumbled buildings seen, emotional damaged people not so much. [Photo Credit: World Vision USA]

DAMAGE

Initial government reports confirm that 30 out of 75 districts in the country have been affected in the Western and Central Regions, including Kathmandu Valley districts. This includes mountain and hilly areas, in areas where rural populations are dispersed, as well as some very densely populated districts and Nepal’s two largest cities – greater Kathmandu and Pokhara.  The worst affected districts include Sindulpalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dolakha in the CR and Kaski, Gorkha, Lamjung in the western region.

Sources:  Humanity Road.org

Conditions survivors are living in. [Photo Credit: World Vision USA]

Conditions survivors are living in. [Photo Credit: World Vision USA]

IMMEDIATE NEEDS

  • Medical/Emergency Supplies:  for hospitals and clinics.
  • Medical Teams: Supplies, tenting for hospitals, body bags.
  • Temporary morgues.
  • Search & Rescue Resources:  equipment and teams.
  • Heavy Equipment:  for rubble removal.
  • Air Support:  Helicopters for transport and access to blocked areas. 

Sources:  Humanity Road.org

CURRENT NEEDS

  • Kathmandu (coordinates: 27.684744,85.285492) Ashram staff report that 100 children in need of water, food and shelter after severe damage to orphanage www.auronepal.net. via email sent to Humanityroad requesting help.
  • Sankhu (coordinates: 27.513321,85.335869).  Main town of Pukhulachhi Village Development Committee (VDC) of Kathmandu District in the northwestern Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Unconfirmed reports that 90% of buildings have been destroyed, 400 people have died, there is no ambulance, and no rescue teams have arrived.
  • Gorkha (coordinates: 27.995649,84.628273). Western (Pashchimanchal) region, in zone Gandaki. Reports of 80% of parts of Gorkha destroyed and search & rescue and medical help urgently needed.  According to the Gorkha Police District Office, 94 died so far in Gorkha. Rescue is going on but more manpower is needed   
  • Thaiti, in Khatmandu.  Unconfirmed report that about 100 people need food.  Call 9818272055, 9841782909
  • Lalitpur (coordinates: 27.666300,85.309799). Region Central (Madhyamanchal), Zone Bagmati.  No power and no water supply.  
  • Pashupati Ghat – Radio reports Pashupati ghat is filled with bodies. They haven’t been able to cut wood to cremate bodies because of a lack of electricity. 
  • Langtang Village (coordinates: 28.266701,85.616699). Langtang is a region in Nepal to the north of Kathmandu and bordering Tibet.  Avalanche overwhelms Langtang village, over 100 feared dead | http://goo.gl/VLfM3c
  • Sindhupalchowk (coordinates:27.951203,85.684578) Sindhupalchowk is a part of the Bagmati zone district north of Kathmandu. Impacts include collapsed buildings and walls especially historic buildings in centres, but less overall damage and collapse of buildings than expected. The majority of people remain outside houses for the second consecutive night. 
  • Kavre (coordinates:27.525942, 85.561210) District east of Kathmandu. Reported death toll at 60. Earthquake destroyed hospital, road building in Kavre district of Nepal. Dhulikhel hospital, Scheer memorial hospital in Banepa managing emergency situation. Threat of landslides. 
  • Nuwakot (coordinates: 28.137853, 83.872482) Bagmati zone district north of Kathmandu.State TV reports 126 deaths. Most houses destroyed, lack of tents or shelter as it continues to rain. 
  • Rasuwa (coordinates: 27.083333, 86.433333) Smallest district in the Bagmati zone, about 120km north of Kathmandu. Most buildings destroyed. Reported 17 army personnel and 60 people trapped under rubble in Trisuli hydropower tunnel, Rasuwa.
  • Dolakha (coordinates: 27.778429, 86.175176) Part of the Janakpur zone north of Katmandu. Many houses destroyed. Poor mostly affected. 
  • Lamjung (coordinates: 28.282869,84.440819) Village northwest of Kathmandu.Gorkha, Dhading, Sindhupalanchowk, lamjung and other need immediate rescue operations.Please Share.Entire Village has been damaged.These places has been affected very badly need immediate relief like food water and tent. 
  • Barpak (coordinates:28.210368,84.742003)  Barpak is a village situated in the northern part of the Gorkha district. It is located about 1900 m above sea level. Report of all but 4 of the 1200 houses destroyed. Village has been reached by helicopter and 120 wounded evacuated. 
  • Dhading (coordinates:27.441990,85.079597) Village in Narayani district. Gorkha, Dhading, Sindhupalanchowk, lamjung and other need immediate rescue operations.Please Share.Entire Village has been damaged.These places has been affected very badly need immediate relief like food water and tent.

Sources:  Humanity Road.org

MEDICAL NEEDS

  • Medical Staff:  Doctors and nurses are needed for a medical team headed to Gorkha.  They should contact @ajayuprety (9813550495) asap.
  • Blood donations:  shortage of certain blood types. Please call Dr. Manita at 98510-84500 at Nepal Red Cross Blood Bank. 
  • Call Out to All Doctors:  InCrisisRelief is recruiting doctors to go to Nepal.  They will arrange transport.  Contact @InCrisisRelief. 

Sources:  Humanity Road.org

 

Living conditions are very poor. [Photo Credit: World Vision USA]

Living conditions are very poor. [Photo Credit: World Vision USA]

INFRASTRUCTURE

Transportation

  • Kathmandu airport: Shut down on Saturday resulting in the cancellation of Indian flights bound for the capital city.  For the purpose of the public travel please check with your airline before travel.  

Sources:  Indian Times.

DISASTER PARTNERS / 1ST RESPONDERS

  • Nepal Red Cross:  Volunteers and staff of Nepal Red Cross Society are working on the ground assisting in search and rescue efforts and administering first aid to the injured. The Red Cross in Nepal has extensive experience in responding to natural disasters and plays a lead role in the government’s contingency plans for such disasters. The Red Cross blood bank in Kathmandu is also providing blood supplies to the main medical facilities in the capital.  https://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/

Sources:  Nepal Red Cross.

PEOPLE FINDER RESOURCES

Sources:  Google, Facebook.

BECOME A HERO.  HELP DONATE TO DISASTER RELIEF.

Sources:  Web.

ABOUT KATHMANDU, THE EPICENTER

  • Capital: of Nepal and largest metro City in Country. 
  • Population:  3Million
  • Location:  Surrounded by four major mountains:  Shivapuri, Phulchowki, nagarjun and Chandragiri.
  • Geography: sits in the bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal.
  • Elevation:  stands at 1400m or 4600 ft.
  • Tourism: is the gateway to Tourism. Voted as Top #3 on TripAdvisor’s Top #10 Best Travel Destinations.

Sources:  Wikipedia, WikiTravel.

 ABOUT NEPAL, THE COUNTRY

  • Population:  Almost 31million
  • Location:  Located in Southern Asia between China and India. 
  • Ethnicity/race: 125 caste/ethnic groups were reported in the 2011 national census
  • Capital:  Kathmandu [population 1.015million]
  • Peaks:  Contains 8 out of 10’s world’s highest peaks.
  • Languages:  123 languages reported as mother tongue in 2011 national census; many in government and business also speak English
  • Religion:  Hindu 81.3%, Buddhist 9%, Muslim 4.4%, Kirant 3.1%, Christian 1.4%, other 0.5%, unspecified 0.2% (2011)
  • Literacy rate: 57.4% (2011)
  • Telephones: main lines in use: 834,000 (2013); mobile cellular: 18.1382 million (2013).
  • Broadcast media: state operates 2 TV stations as well as national and regional radio stations; roughly 30 independent TV channels are registered with only about half in regular operation; nearly 400 FM radio stations are licensed with roughly 300 operational (2007).
  • Internet hosts: 41,256 (2012).
  • Internet users: 577,800 (2009).
  • Railways: total: 59 km (2008).
  • Roadways: total: 10,844 km; paved: 4,952 km; unpaved: 5,892 km (2010).
  • Airports: 47 (2013).

Sources:  Wikipedia, Fact Monster.

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FEMA: Monitoring Storms, Asks Residents to Follow Official Instructions

Release Number:
HQ-13-123

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its regional offices in Chicago and Kansas City, is monitoring severe weather, including strong tornadoes, that continues to impact the Midwest and staying in close coordination with officials in affected and potentially affected states. Earlier today, FEMA elevated its National Watch Center in Washington, D.C. to a 24/7 enhanced watch, and has deployed liaisons to support state emergency operation centers in a number of impacted states.

“Residents should continue to monitor weather conditions as they develop and follow the direction of local officials,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Be prepared for power outages and dangerous road conditions as a result of downed power lines and flooding – remember if you encounter a flooded road while driving, turn around, don’t drown.”

Since before the storm system developed, FEMA has been in close coordination with state and local partners through its regional offices. FEMA’s Region V Administrator, Andrew Velasquez III, has been in close contact with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, the Wisconsin Emergency Management Agency, the Michigan Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security regarding the potential impacts in those states.

FEMA has deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) to support the State of Illinois. FEMA also has deployed liaison officers to emergency operations centers in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, and additional liaison officers are on standby and ready to deploy, if requested. FEMA is in continued contact with its emergency management partners in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

According to the National Weather Service, numerous fast-moving thunderstorms, capable of producing strong tornadoes along with widespread damaging winds and large hail, will move across portions of the middle Mississippi and Ohio Valley region and the southern Great Lakes region for the remainder of today into this evening.

Visit www.ready.gov to learn more about what to do before, during, and after severe weather. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind should severe weather occur in your area:

  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a tornado hazard.
    • A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area.
    • A tornado warning is when a tornado is actually occurring, take shelter immediately.
  • Ensure your family preparedness plan and contacts are up to date and exercise your plan.
  • If you haven’t already, now is the time to get prepared for tornadoes and other disasters. Determine in advance where you will take shelter in case of a tornado warning:
    • Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection. If underground shelter is not available, go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
    • In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible. Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they attract debris.
    • Vehicles, trailers and mobile homes are not good locations to ride out a tornado. Plan to go quickly to a building with a strong foundation, if possible.
    • If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

Follow FEMA online at blog.fema.govwww.twitter.com/femawww.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at www.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.

Last Updated:
November 17, 2013 – 19:44