Sit Rep 2 | Texas Deep Freeze Event

Courtesy | Texas A&M Forest Service

UPDATE 2 | SATURDAY | FEBRUARY 20, 2021

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A deep freeze or also known as an extreme winter event hit the State of Texas in February, causing power outages and water shortages. The power company was warned to start winterizing their equipment to protect against power outages but it occurred anyway and many have frozen to death in their homes, cars and outside of their residences as they try to warm themselves.

RESOURCES – INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Austin Police Department

“I know there are so many people doing similar things right now, from healthcare workers to utility workers, to fire and EMS workers. But man, when you see it so blatantly in front of your face – the sacrifices people are making to help others and save lives – it really is a gut-punch of reality. Please remember to be kind and patient with one another as we all try to get through these last few days of snow.” – APD Detective Cunningham (Facebook page)

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Photo Credit | Detective Cunningham, APD

Austin Fire Department

When there is a call in the middle of an extreme winter event, they go out 24/7.

Photo Credit | Stacy Oakley, AFD\

Personnel and equipment have been dispatched to many incidents, including broken pipes, major water calls, structure fires, challenges to low water pressure, frozen water hydrants, and a water shortage, but they must still respond.

In the last 24 hours, they have responded to 64 collisions with one rescue, 16 wires arcing or down, 26 public assist calls, 191 alarm activations, two fires, 168 broken water pipe calls with a total of 9-1-1 calls for service within their service area at 1,086 and 296 outside of their jurisdiction in Travis County. A normal average within a 24-hour period is between 300-500 calls.

Dispatched calls are handled through their department and EMS through the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, as well as partnering with the Austin Police Department.

Photo Credit | Stacy Oakley, AFD

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services

During the winter storm event, field and communications medics worked multiple 12 and 24-hour shifts, covered extra shifts to help their members, stayed overnight at stations, provided transportation for each other to and from work, checked on each other and their families.

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Photo Credit | ATCEMS

They responded to 6,058 calls for service, 187 environmental exposures, 519 falls and 115 traffic collisions with injuries.

The Austin EMS Association also gets a big shoutout for all as they went into a mobilization immediately at the beginning of the storm to support their Medics. They began a fundraiser to deliver hot food and other relief to their members with a goal of $5,000 but they succeeded by ten times as much and paid it forward for additional agencies in other areas.

Photo Credit | ACTEMS

They successfully delivered 1,800 meals to ATCEMS Medics, Austin FD crews and APD personnel, as well as other First Responder organizations. Food also was delivered to area hospital staff, shelters warming centers. Some of the food was sent to Central TX First Responders and Copperas Cove and Fayette County.

All of these long hours and tireless efforts are all done on off-duty time as volunteers. Wow! Nice work!

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Houston Fire Department

Houston firefighters, cadets and HFD Fire Chief Sam Pena answering the call of the citizens by helping with water distribution and helping their local citizens in need.

Photo Credit | Houston FD

Spring Fire Department

The Spring FD states they have now weathered through the storm. Station 74 has been a very busy month for personnel, apparatus and equipment.

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Photo Credit | Captain Tim Weiman, SFD

Texas A&M Forest Service

“Personnel from the McGregor Heart of Texas Task Force deliver some much-needed supplies in North Texas on February 18, 2021.

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Photo Courtesy || Matthew Whelan/TFS

DISASTER DECLARATION

Yesterday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms beginning on February 11, 2021, and continuing. See the full article on the White House website here –> President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Texas Disaster Declaration | The White House

WHERE TO FIND NEEDED RESOURCES | TX HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Texas Food Bank Network Provider | Texas Health and Human Services TX Health and Human Services website has a vast variety of services they can extend to their residents that is geared to the Aging, Disabled, Financial/Food/Health/Mental Health needs and other helpful information. Find your nearest food bank to where you are.

INFRASTRUCTURE

AEP Texas

AEP Texas reports as of 1800 hours CST on Saturday, that most of their customers have had their power restored with only a few pockets of individual or smaller groups of customers. Some are taking a little longer than expected due to damaged equipment or other challenges. Call #866-223-8508 to report an outage or visit their site at AEPTexas.com or Outages & Problems (aeptexas.com)

CenterPoint Energy

Reports of most of their customers’ power has also returned. Here is an outage map. CenterPoint Energy Outage Tracker

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Damage Reporting | Polk County

Individuals and Business in Polk County who sustained losses from the winter storm can apply for FEMA assistance by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585.

ALERTS

Food Bank-Water Distribution Centers | San Antonio

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Water Supply | Lake Livingston

Water has been restored to the areas listed in the attachment below; however pressure may fluctuate or possibly drop completely at our tanks due to high demand, main line breaks and leaks on customer lines. Crews are working diligently to keep up with all repairs. Report any watermain breaks at the water tanks. Please see the entire message below.

Comfort Station | Euless

Comfort Station and will remain open Mon-Sat from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. We welcome those needing access to restrooms, showers or access to water. Please bring your own towels, supplies and water containers. (Posted by Euless Parks and Community Services)

Water Distribution | Lewisville FD

Public Water Stations ExtendedThe two public water stations available on a first-come basis, will be open on Sunday, Feb. 21, and Monday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., each day at the following locations.* Lewisville Animal Services, 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd.* Lewisville Thrive, 1950 S. Valley Pkwy.Be sure to bring your own containers.Clean water is suitable for all uses, including drinking or bathing.

Water Pressure, Refilling Stations | City of San Angelo

In an effort to help our system regain water pressure and refill our water tanks, Mayor Gunter has asked San Angeloans to try not to use water tonight between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Thank you all for everything you are doing for our community! We appreciate everyone’s assistance in helping conserve water.

Garbage – Refuge Alert || City of San Angelo

San Angelo – Due to high volumes of trash/recycling/bulk, customers may experience delays on pickup. Please leave your bins and items that need to be picked up by the curb or where your collection is usually located and Republic Services will get to it as soon as they can.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/20/2021 2225 PT

Sit Rep 1 | Texas Extreme Winter Event

We are starting to post situation reports on the extreme winter weather happening all across the State of Texas. We will also post separate reports for other impacted states.

This is for the State of Texas.

UPDATE 1 | FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 19, 2021

HARRIS COUNTY | The Harris County Precinct 4 team is distributing non-potable water to county residents in need from noon to 5 p.m. at the Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, TX 77379). Supplies are limited to 10 gallons per person, and recipients must bring their own appropriate container (milk jugs, ice chests, etc.). (Facebook – Spring Fire Department – 2/19/2021)

AMARILLO | WEATHER FORECAST | Sunny and warmer early this upcoming week and then a cold front will move through the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles by Wednesday morning. Wednesday will be breezy and cooler and then increasing cloudiness expected Wednesday night into Friday morning with skies becoming cloudy or mostly cloudy. There will be a slight chance for snow Thursday and then a slight chance for a rain and snow mix or light snow Friday morning. Clearing skies expected by Friday afternoon.

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PC: NWS Amarillo TX

CITY OF BALLINGER | Message from Brian Frieda, Ballinger City Manager: The City of Ballinger is currently experiencing low water pressure issues. Today the city shut down 23 houses that had major issues. The city is asking that citizens help conserve water by only using it for the necessities. Currently, there is not a boiled water advisory in effect. As the ground and pipes thaw, the city is finding leaks. If you notice a vacant house, or an empty house, with water coming from it, please notify the city to call at(325) 365-3511. If you notice a leak after hours, contact Frieda on his cell phone: 325-242-5811. If you are unable to reach him, contact dispatch 325-365-2121. (Facebook – Ballinger FD – 2/19/2021)

CITY OF CORINTH | ONCOR (ELECTRICITY)

All hands on deck for 24/7 until all issues are resolved. Spreadsheets this morning and afternoon. Working to restore outages caused by storm damages. Reported around 300 this morning and rose to 700 with an outage in Corinth. Expect some outages as it warms up. (Facebook – City of Corinth Government – 2/19/2021)

CITY OF DENTON

City of DentonContinue to be under a boil water notice. Saw improvements and have begun testing. Hope to lift notice in the next 24 hours. (Facebook – City of Corinth Government – 2/19/2021)

CITY OF EARLY

There are no issues providing water to its customers and we do not anticipate there to be any issue in continuing to provide reliable water service. The water is completely safe to drink and use as normal. The City of Early water customers are NOT under a boil water advisory. Our public works department is working hard to stay on top of repairs to broken water mains so your water can keep flowing through this crisis. (Facebook – City of Early – 2/17/2021)

CITY OF HOUSTON

BARC | This cold weather is affecting everyone. BARC continues to respond to emergency calls and ensure its animals are cared for and remain safe. Due to conditions caused by the cold weather, BARC is closed to the public and is asking its partners to hold any animals they rescue until the current situation passes. We are all in this together- making sure our four-legged friends also make it through these challenging times.

PC: City of Houston OEM

BOIL WATER NOTICE

Boil water notice: Do not drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil for at least two minutes and let it cool before using.

( Twitter – TX HHSC – 2/19/2021)

HOUSTON FD | has been responding to many Carbon Monoxide calls and reminds all anytime related to generators: HFD has responded to numerous calls related to carbon monoxide. DO NOT heat your home using a stove, oven, or grill. Only use generators outside. Always back your vehicle completely out of the garage before idling. (Facebook Page – Houston FD – 2/17/2021) and Houston Fire Department is assisting with water distribution. (Facebook – Houston FD – 2/19/2021)

CITY OF LAKE JACKSON

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BROKEN PIPES | Broken pipes or water mains in your neighborhood? Please call 3-1-1 so Houston Public Workscan isolate the leak. It is essential we work together to conserve water during the #BoilWaterNotice. Please be patient if you experience longer than usual wait time. A report can also be submitted via the 3-1-1 website: https://www.houstontx.gov/311/ or the app: Houston311

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EMERGENCY ALERTS | Sign up for Alerts via AlertHouston readyhoustontx.gov or Emergency Alerts – City of Houston Emergency Operations Center

CITY OF LUFKIN

BOIL WATER NOTICE | The City of Lufkin has issued a boil water notice due to decreased pressure in the water distribution system. Water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. We will notify customers when it is no longer necessary to boil the water. (Facebook – City of Lufkin, Texas – 2/19/2021)

III CORPS AND FORT HOOD

WARMING CENTER | The Warming Center at the Community Event Center on Fort Hood will be closed at 6:00am tomorrow, 20FEB. More than 50 military and civilian families spent time at peak; dozens of Soldiers warmed up too. Visits have dwindled as more off-post homes get electricity.

WATER FILING STATION |

💧Water Filling Station. Killeen will open a water filling station for residents without water service. It will be located at 805 W. Jasper. All water received must be BOILED. Bring own container and amounts may be limited Saturday and Sunday, 20/21 Feb 10 am-6pm

MWR FACILITIES-PROGRAMS | closed until Monday February 21 out of an abundance of safety and concern.

HARVEY GYM | Open for Active Duty from 0800-1400 hours Saturday an Sunday. Limited capacity in the effect.

CLEAR CREEK-WARRIOR WAY COMMISSARIES | Open Saturday, normal operating hours. Out of milk but expected delivery on Sunday. 2 cases of water limit.

EXCHANGE EXPRESS | All locations are out of fuel with Exceptions of the Clear Creek and Comanche Express locations. More fuel supposed to have been delivered Friday.

WATER USE | CONTINUE TO CONSERVE. Fort Hood is NOT under “BOIL WATER” notice (including off-post villages). Fort Hood is experiencing major stress on our water supply. To avoid potential widespread and lengthy water outage, our goal is to reduce our water use by 40% until we get through this unprecedented situation. Here’s what you can do to help urn off dripping faucets when the temperature reaches 30-degrees F. Only resume dripping when the temperature drops below 30-degrees.Drip faucets into containers, especially pots in case boil water notices are needed. Avoid using washing machines and dishwashers; appliances use a significant amount of water. Store 1-gallon of water per person per day for hygiene purposes.

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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS | CLOSURES | UT campus will remain closed through at least Wednesday at 8 am. Classes will also be canceled with a few exceptions: utex.as/3dpp8O6 Like many of your residences, our campus facilities have been impacted by the weather and they are unlikely to be ready immediately for full operations after the thaw. We expect it will not be business-as-usual for a while and we will need to gradually restore both our physical space and campus operations, along with our research and learning plans. Website – emergency.utexas.edu (Facebook – Univ of Texas – 2/19/2021)

STATEWIDE

BREASTFEEDING MOMS | Patients displaced by the ice storm that need breastfeeding assistance can call the Lactation Support Hotline at 855-550-6667. This is a free service to all TX moms with latch, position, pumping, and more. (Twitter – TX HHSC – 2/19/2021)

CARBON MONOXIDE | Learn about the real dangers of carbon monoxide especially during extreme weather and how to protect yourself and those around you. Health Officials Alert Public to Carbon Monoxide Dangers (texas.gov) (Facebook – TX health and Human Services – 2/16/2021)

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DAMAGE ASSESSMENT DATA | The Texas Division of Emergency Management is is working to collect damage assessment data from the public, so that they can identify the scale of the disaster and help officials assess the total statewide damages. Go to arcg.is/uOrOb or to tdem.texas.gov/warm (Twitter – TXDEM – posted 2/18/2021)

DISABILITIES | Thank you CrowdSource Rescue for your continued assistance throughout this Storm. If you are in need of bottled water and lack a way to get it, go to crowdsourcerescue.org/freeze to register for assistance. If you DO NOT have internet access you may dial 311 for help. (Facebook – The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities – 2/19/2021)

DONATIONS | Best way to help those in this State is providing funding or cash donations through a relief organization as the most efficient way. Best practices on their website: bit..ly/37qks6R (Twitter – Indiana Homeland Security – 2/17/2021)

INSURANCE TIPS | Insurance tips, protect yourself against fraud and what to do if you have damage done to your residence or structures. Insurance tips following winter storms (texas.gov) (Website – TX Department of Insurance – 2/19/2021)

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RESOURCES | National Guard Members have helped bring 650+ Texans and their pets to safe locations and deliver 3,000+ cases of water, blankets, and other supplies to those in need. They are also helping with welfare checks and assisting in local warming stations. (Twitter – TX DEM – 2/19/2021).

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PC: TX National Guard

NATURAL GAS DELIVERIES | The RRC continues its response to the winter storm and prioritize natural gas deliveries for human needs. Commissioners extended an emergency order this evening: http://ow.ly/XNJF50DDgfk (Twitter – RR Commission of TX – 2/17/2021)

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INFRASTRUCTURE | Outage map for the State of Texas. Storm Safety Resource Page (texas.gov) (Public Utility Commission of Texas, Storm Resources – Website – 2/19/2021)

PRICE GOUGING | Texans who have encountered price gouging or other disaster scams are strongly encouraged to call their consumer Protection Hotline. 1-800-621-0508 or file an online complaint to txoag.force.com/CPDCOnlineForm (Twitter – Attorney General Ken Paxton – posted 2/16/2021)

EMERGENCY ALERTS | Texans can dial 2-1-1, Options 6 local community resources on health care, utilities, food housing and more. Website: Winter Weather Resources | Office of the Texas Governor | Greg Abbott (Twitter – Texas HHSC – Pinned 2/19/2021)

ROAD CONDITIONS | Contact by phone #1-800-452-9292. Website – https://drivetexas.org. (Twitter – TXDOT – 2/19/2021)

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ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE/STRANDED DRIVERS | TX DPS | Call 800-525-5555 if you or a loved one is stranded on the roads. (Twitter – TX DPS – 2/15/2021)

FEDERAL | SCAM ALERTS | FEMA | Please beware of posts on social media encouraging you to call an 800 number for hotel compensation from @fema. The best information on legitimate sources of help in your area will come from local officials & @TDEM. (Twitter – TX DEM – 2/18/2021 / FEMA 2/18/2021)

INFRASTRUCTURE-DISTRIBUTION | The State is working around the clock to address four immediate winter priorities: 1) restore power, 2) Support local officials to restore water, 3) Ensure access to food and resources, 4) Get refineries back online. (Twitter – Gov Greg Abbott – 2/19/2021)

WARMING STATIONS | | To find the nearest warming station, go to this site for more information. Warming Centers – TDEM (texas.gov) (Twitter – Texas Government – 2/16/2021)

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2/19/2021 09:11pm

World Disaster | White Island Eruption | New Zealand | 1

Update – Sunday, December 8, 2019 – 2300 Hours PDT (USA)

A volcano located in New Zealand, called White Island (Whakaari area) erupted without warning and sent an ash plume 12,000 feet above the vent.  Ash covered the main crater floor per webcam  footage.

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Scientists are speculating the erruption may have occurred from built up gases. They are working to determine the actual cause of the erruption.

Emergency Officials are saying the ash spewed from the volcano is contained to the Island itself, which they have released a statement that  one person has been killed.

New Zealand Police released a statement of initially thinking there were about 100 people on the island but have since downgraded that number to less than 50.  However, there is still a large number that are unaccounted for.

Police are coordinating their search and rescue efforts with the National Emergency Management Agency.

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The erruption occurred on Monday (NZ time), December 9, 2019, at 1611 hours, as an impulsive and short-lived event. The crater floor has been impacted but its current condition is unknown.  However, Officials are reporting that the activity has diminished since the original explosion was detected earlier in the afternoon.

ABOUT WAKAARI/WHITE ISLAND

The Wakaari/White Island is privately owned and was declared a scenic reserve in 1953.  Those who wish to visit, must have permission to land there or book yourself a trip on a local tour of the Island.

It is 1.2 square miles in diameter.  It’s tallest point of the island sits at 1,053 feet above sea leavel.  The active andesite stratovolcano is approximlately 30 miles east of the North Island of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty.

It is considered New Zealand’s most active volcano and is constantly being built up in layers from continuous volcano activity, after its discovery by James Cook in 1769.

On July 27, 2000, an eruption occured which blanketed the island with mud and scoria.  Most of the time, it is said that this active volcano’s activities are limited to boiling mud and/or releasing steamy noxious gasses from beneath the ground upwardly.  Scientists who monitor the site’s for volcanic activities, do so through web cams and visiting the island itself wearing protective clothing and personal-protection-equipment.

A mining company’s owners made the misfortunate of trying to mine sulphur in the 1900’s but soon have to abandon their operations after all of their workers killed by a lahar.  Remnants of old machinery still remain seen by visitors to this day.

The island is also home to a large bird population, where 3,000 pairs of known Australasian Gannets migrate to this island to breed and call it their temporary home away from home.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog 

 

MCI | Castle Parks Log Ride Flips

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A log ride at the Castle Park amusement park located just off of 91 in Riverside flipped over on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 1637  hours PDT, sending some of its riders directly into the water below.  A report was stated that at least three people were trapped under the log ride and were unable to extricate themselves.

The cause of the equipment malfunction was not immediately known and is under investigation.

Firefighters from the Riverside Fire Department along with personnel from the park responded to the ride area.  Fire personnel worked to extricate all people from the water and the ride.

There were a total originally reported five patients but it was reduced down to two.  The patient included one adult and four adults.  The number of patients dropped did not include the gender or ages of the injured.

Five AMR units were dispatched to the park along with one supervisor.

The Incident Command was named “Castle Park IC”.

Most units have cleared and returned back in service at the time of this post.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Ppst 5/25/2019 @ 1740 PDT

 

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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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)

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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.

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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.

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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 

#DidionMillingFire Burns Down Plant | 2

CAMBRIA, WISCONSIN

INCIDENT SUMMARY

History Repeats Itself

The Didion Milling plant in Cambria, Wisconsin is on fire. Again.  This is not the second fire for the plant but the third!  Cambria Fire Department has fought multiple fires at this facility on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, and already into Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Major fires occurred on December 28, 2014 and on January 16, 2010.

Explosion and Fire

An explosion rocked the Didion Milling plant located in the 500 block of Williams in Cambria, Wisconsin occurred around 2322 hours CDT on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, that erupted in fire.  This now a 4th Alarm and Major MCI.

Reports across several scanning channels reported that the first due in lay witness to fire burning in the center of the building.

Fire Contained

The Sheriff’s Office said over 37 #Fire #EMS #MedicalFlight Agencies worked together in combination as they responded to the 4th Alarm fire and explosion at the plant.

It has been said that the plant building has collapsed within itself and is literally gone as one source reported.

Firefighters will remain on scene until the fire is completely tapped.  For the time-being, the scene is very active and may be for days until a cause can be determined by Fire investigators.

FIRE TACTICS COMPLETED

Utilities

Since the explosion, the Village of Cambria was completely in the dark with major power lines down along with power poles down, trapping people beneath them.  Command requested when the power company could shut off power so they could reach the multiple people under them.

Heavy rescue units were requested to work to save them.

Ruptured Gas Line

Last night, a gas line located on the East side of the fire building near the silos was burning but the Fire Department reported it being shutdown.  Employees had said they heard someone screaming awhile back but no details were known at the known.  Resources were being requested.

Communications

Because of a busy night in Cambria, all non-emergency traffic was eventually moved off the County Comm Center’s TAC1 channel on to others, unless it was emergency traffic.

RESOURCES

Mutual Aid

Over 37 Agencies (Fire, Police, EMS, Medical) responded to the scene.

 

Incident Cooperators

Red Cross, Salvation Army, Alliant Energy, Cambria PD, Cambria FD.

INJURIES

Confirmed Death/Injuries

There was one confirmed person who was killed and an unknown number of injuries.

Medical Air Transports

Four medivac helicopters transported several burn patients to area hospitals.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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If you like what you are reading, please tell your friends, fellow Public Safety members, family and everyone you value!  We are all about reporting #Fire #EMS #LawEnforcement #Disaster #EmergencyManagement #SAR news.

We can found on Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (The NW Fire Blog).

Hashtags

We are using the following Hashtags for this incident:  #DidionMillingFire #WIFire #CambriaFire

Thank You

Thank you for reading our post.  We hope you will follow us on our Social Media Channels.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

UPDATED:  0907 CDT / 0707 PDT 6/1/2017 – Thursday

 

 

 

 

#DidionMillingFire Rocks Cambria, WI | 1

CAMBRIA, WISCONSIN

INCIDENT SUMMARY

History Repeats Itself

The Didion Milling plant in Cambria, Wisconsin is on fire. Again.  This is not the second fire for the plant but the third!  Cambria Fire Department has fought multiple fires at this facility on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, and already into Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Major fires occurred on December 28, 2014 and on January 16, 2010.

Explosion and Fire

An explosion rocked the Didion Milling plant located in the 500 block of Williams in Cambria, Wisconsin occurred around 2322 hours CDT on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, that erupted in fire.  This now a 4th Alarm and Major MCI.

Reports across several scanning channels reported that the first due in lay witness to fire burning in the center of the building.

Major Power Outage

The entire City of Cambria was said to be completely dark from a City-wide power outage.  Multiple requests for power company to respond to the Command Post were made to their Dispatch Center.

FIRE TACTICS COMPLETED

Utilities

Command requested an ETA from a Power Rep to the fire scene because they needed to have utilities shut off. due to large and major power lines were down.  Power poles were also said to be down and Command relayed to their Comm Center with multiple people being entrapped underneath them.

Ruptured Gas Line

A gas line located on the East side of the fire building near the silos was burning but the Fire Department reported it being shutdown.  Employees had said they heard someone screaming awhile back but no details were known at the known.  Resources were being requested.

Communications

All non-emergency traffic was moved off of the Cambria incident Tac1 channel on to others.

RESOURCES

Fire Departments

The Cambria Fire Department and all its apparatus/personnel were at the fire scene.  Additional resources were being paged out.

Riley FD arrived with one engine on-scene.

A Heavy Rescue team from nearby Madison was requested.

Police Department

Cambria Police Department mobile Command Post was en route to the fire scene at the time of this post was published.

Incident Cooperators

The Salvation Army was paged out to respond to the fire scene.

Red Cross was requested to take care of the families at the Highway Shop and provide refreshments.  Nutrition was said to be at the local Fire Department.  Coordination was in progress at the time of this post.

Alliant Energy released this presser:  “Crews working in Cambria after explosion. Power is back for 600 customers, 1,000 still out. We’re working with Columbia County officials.”

INJURIES

Unconfirmed Reports

A report of seven (7) injuries have been released but their conditions and identities have not officially disclosed to the public yet.

Medical Air Transports

There have been three (3) Medical Life Flights that have landed and transporting burn victims from the fire scene.  A fourth helicopter was ordered and is due to land at 0058 Hours CDT.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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If you like what you are reading, please tell your friends, fellow Public Safety members, family and everyone you value!  We are all about reporting #Fire #EMS #LawEnforcement #Disaster #EmergencyManagement #SAR news.

We can found on Twitter (@nwfireblog) and Facebook (The NW Fire Blog).

Hashtags

We are using the following Hashtags for this incident:  #DidionMillingFire #WIFire #CambriaFire

Thank You

Thank you for reading our post.  We hope you will follow us on our Social Media Channels.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

UPDATED:  0052 CDT / 2252 PDT on 5/31/2017

 

 

 

 

Canton, Texas: At Least 5 Tornadoes Hit Area

Canton, Texas (Van Zandt County)

Disaster Incident Summary | Sources are saying that there were at least 5 tornadoes that touched down in Van Zandt County, hitting Canton the hardest.  One tornado destroyed I-20 Jeep Dodge dealership tosses its cars into the air and leaving a path of its aftermath.

Other parts of Texas were also hit hard like Fruitvale, TX and others.  We are working on getting additional reports on these towns and cities.

Damage Assessments | The NWS Fort Worth team is out today surveying the damage and will have a preliminary damage rating on Sunday.

“4 Confirmed Tornadoes: Latest preliminary map of likely tracks and other damage. Our storm survey will take days!” – NWS Ft. Worth

“Emergency Management reporting homes destroyed near Emory with injuries.”

“Emergency management reports multiple homes with major damage around Highway 69 and FM779 from earlier tornado.”

“I-20 east of Canton TX. Dozens of cars flipped; severe damage.”

(Image above is from last night’s Tornado activities – Courtesy:  Internet)

Life Impacts | 5 deaths.  50 injuries.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Shelters | American Red Cross, First Methodist Church Life Center, USAR, ITDRC,  NWS Ft. Worth, TX Task Force 2 (DFW), Dallas Fire with 1 Type III US&R Team 2, Texas Game Wardens (including search and rescue and K-9 teams),

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are some of the postings from Spotters, Weather sources and others talking about the Tornadoes and what they were seeing.

Storm Chasers | Weather 

“Observed damage on TX Hwy 64, including one vehicle tossed approx 200 ft off the road. 1 confirmed fatality in that vehicle.”

“Emergency management report plywood falling from the sky near FM 779 and US69 near Golden. Folks – that debris is from ~25 miles away.” 1853 CDT

“Tornado 5 miles south of Canton has debris signature up to 13,000 feet. This is a MAJOR TORNADO heading right into Canton!” 1756 CDT

“Very strong tornado now 2-3 miles west of Tundra, 5 miles south of Canton – moving north at 30 MPH. Life-Threatening Situation!” 1755 CDT

“Significant Tornado 4 miles southwest of Tundra, moving north at 30 MPH toward Canton. Wrapped in rain and may be strong! ” 1752 CDT

” Confirmed Tornado Moving toward Tundra and Canton!” 1749 CDT

“Circulation near Canton has weakened while one approaching Eustace quite strong. Both remain capable of producing tornadoes.” 1719 CDT

“5 miles E of CANTON, TX @ 22:12 UTC Funnel>-Cone funnel half way to ground.”

” Possible tornado very near Highway 19 and Highway 64 just southeast of Canton. Very strong rotation indicated by radar.” 1707 CDT

“Damage from Canton, TX tornado is extensive. We are actively searching for people in the wreckage just south of town.”

Damage in Jackson Community in SW Canton, TX. Photo Credit: NWS Ft. Worth

“These are V E R Y powerful high-end tornadoes.”

“Significant tornado-caused damage southwest of Canton, TX”

“This is not what you want to see at night, radar confirmed tornado just NW of Cameron, OK. Debris signature evident.”

“Blizzard in Texas on April 30….How rare is this for Texas?”

” Search and Rescue continues in Canton and other communities.”

Residents

“Second tornado warning here in Canton TX. Taking cover with my boys. Hunkering down in the hallway way.”

“Tornado ripped through a Farm in Canton, TX trapping a pony in the debris. Owners frantically saved their baby!”

Eyewitnesses

“From 45 (5pm central) minutes ago near Canton, TX. Probable tornado touchdown due to damage spotted.”

“Just observed rain-wrapped tornado just E of Canton, TX. Lots of trees down, one barn had minor damage so far.”

“Wedge Tornado causes widespread damage in NE Texas south of Canton.”

“4:45 pm we crammed into bathroom shelter as first of many tornadoes went over us in Canton Tx. We were at the Trade Days.”

“Snowing sideways in Amarillo!! Yes it’s still April 29th!”

Media Coverage

“Damage at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Emory. No injuries, but there were people in parish hall when tornado hit.”

GOVERNMENTAL 

“Texas Task Force 2 has been sent to help the Canton & Van Zandt areas respond to weather.” – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

EVACUEES

Red Cross Shelter(s)

  • First Methodist Church Life Center, 600 S Buffalo, Canton, TX.

Mobile Feeding Station(s)

  • Salvation Army.

Tech Assistance

  • The ITDRC is on site identifying and assisting unmet tech needs in the community.

TX Resources

TX Disaster Recovery Group page created by the Texas Storm Chasers communities  to offer help to each other after natural disasters in Texas. Examples include returning lost/lofted personal items to victims, offering volunteer assistance, etc.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/121556905065713/   Requires approved membership but is a Public Group.

Lost & Found Pets (Including Injured)

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Tornado News | San Antonio Texas | Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A tornado has struck the San Antonio area after an Alert was issued to its residents in the area about one hour ago (2253 Hours CST) has occurred around (2340 Hours CST).

About 40 houses in a neighborhood has suffered major damage.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

The following are collaborating for this incident and information listed below is for both Officials and disaster victims.

Bastrop County OEM (https://twitter.com/BastropCntyOEM)

  • T-Storm Alert:  Severe Thunderstorm Warning from 2/20/2017 12:22 AM to 1:15 AM CST for Bastrop County.
  • Flood Warning:  Areal Flood Advisory from 2/20/2017 12:19 AM to 2:15 AM CST for Bastrop County.

San Antonio Fire and EMS (https://twitter.com/saFIREorg)

  • Search & Rescue Operations:  Firefighters were out searching door-to-door looking for survivors and dealing with unsecured damaged gas lines that had been their lines severed.
  • Tornado Path:  Tornado path as far as we can determine: Includes structures on Linda Drive and 7707 Broadway.
  • Damage Assessments (preliminary): Tornado path as far as we can determine: North Central San Antonio, North of Olmos Park & Alamo Heights, South of San Antonio Airport.
  • Incident Command:  Command for EMS and Fire is on Shadywood Lane in San Antonio. (2352 CST)

San Antonio Office of Emergency Management (San Antonio EOC)  (https://www.facebook.com/saoem.prepare/posts/1381097738578625)

  • Assistance:  If anyone needs assistance with storm related damage call 911.
  • Property Damage:  If any damage is seen in the morning, please report it to 311.
  • Damage Calls: The city has begun logging and assessing damage from the storm.

National Weather Service – San Antonio (https://twitter.com/NWSSanAntonio)

  • Alert!  Another tornado warning coming for circulation south of San Marcos. Circulation denoted by bright red colors S of Redwood. Moving northeast. (2145 CST)
  • Alert!  Two tornado warnings remain in effect, but we are not seeing any tight circulations at this point. (2140 CST)
  • Wind Speeds:  56 mph wind gust at Austin Bergstrom International Airport just now. (0001 CST)
  • Threat Area:  Threat area now located across southeastern Travis County, far northern Caldwell County and entering into western Bastrop County. (0002 CST)
  • Possible Touchdown: There may have been a tornado touchdown earlier near US 281 just northwest of the Quarry Market area.
  • Alert!  New tornado warning coming out for Williamson County. Circulation located south of Taylor. Moving NE. (0007 CST)

Photo Credit: NWS San Antonio

  • Alert!  Strong rotation southeast of Taylor. Circulation is denoted by circled region. (0028 CST)

Photo Credit: NWS San Antonio

CLOSURES

Roads

  • Old Fredericksburg Rd/Kendall-Bexar County line. PD manning barricades on flooded streets.

SCANNER FEEDS

San Antonio Fire & EMS:  http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/4905

  • Fire/EMS scanner from San Antonio reporting homes with much roof damage, collapsed carport, 11:47pm CST Possible Tornado

San Antonio Police Dispatch:  http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/13814

Kendall County Fire & EMS:  http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/24771

SOCIAL MEDIA

Media

  • NOT DFW – Powerful storms and potential tornadoes hitting central Texas hard. Tornado warnings between San Antonio & Austin.
  • Alerts:  Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays and Travis County in TX until 12:30am CST.

Citizens

  • Sirens:  First time I’ve heard the Tornado Sirens in Hollywood Park go off. Crazy, Tornado Warning in San Antonio.

STORM DAMAGE PHOTOS

Laredo

  • * Public Works Building – Courtesy: NWS Corpus Christi

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2230 PST / 0020 CST

 

CA Storm | Storm Aftermath | Update 4

 

California Statewide

The Storm has packed helluva fight with Mother Nature and Planet Earth, leaving a lot of pain and agony a long the way.  Here are some glimpses as to what destruction, closures and images have been left behind.

STORM FACTS

Snow Facts

  • Agua Dulce at elev. 2800 feet reported 2.5 Inches Of Snow. (NWS Los Angeles)

Rainfall

  • L.A. receives 216% above average rainfall in four months. (Media)

CURRENT CONDITIONS BY AREA

Big Bear

  • Highways 18, 38, and 330 restricted to residents only. (NWS Los Angeles)

Long Valley

  • Avalanche Triggers Evacuations of McGee, Long Valley (Red Cross Los Angeles)

Mammouth Lakes

  • US 395 closed due to Mammouth Lakes is buried. (Media)

Oakland

  • A sinkhole! (CHP Oakland)
  • Closures for SR 24 to SR 13 for repairs have been completed and will be in effect till approx Wednesday afternoon. (Caltrans District4)

Santa Clarita

  • Canyon HS, 19300 Nadal Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91351. (Red Cross Evacuation Shelter)

Wilmington

  • East Wilmington Greenbelt Community Center, 918 N Sanford Avenue, Wilmington CA 90744. (Red Cross Evacuation Shelter)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags Used

#LArain, #CASTORM, #CA, #mudslide, #cawx, #I80, #Sierra

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2206 PST