Hurricane Updates | October 3, 2017


We are updating SitReps for the various ongoing U.S. Hurricanes Disaster Recovery events.  Here is our recap for Tuesday, October 3, 2017.


Puerto Rico

FEMA IMT 1 is Lead Agency. They are tasked with the establishing of an Incident support base for the receipt and distribution of commodities, supplies and resources. IMT 2 is coordinating with other agencies to plan and prioritize road clearing.  FDNY IMT 2 has been assigned with damage assessment to critical infrastructure including roads, water systems and communications.  206  total active personnel.

U.S. Virgin Islands

FEMA IMT 2 has mobilized to St. Croix and is managing a logistical staging area for incoming responders.  IMT 2 has mobilized to St. Thomas to support the receiving and distribution of emergency supplies to aid in the relief efforts.  45 total active personnel.


Texas A&M Forest Service IMT 2 has mobilized to College Station, TX to support recovery and mitigation efforts, surveying impacts on local fire departments and distributing donated fire equipment.  There are 74 active personnel assigned to this Disaster event.


South Florida Parks and the National Park Service are working together with an IMT 2 team.  The IMT is overseeing the site assessment, debris cleanup and emergency stabilization within National Parks in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.   There are 244 active personnel assigned to this incident.  A very preliminary cost-to-date is at $2.7 Million.

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1915 hours PDT

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.


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),


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.”


“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!”


“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.”


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


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.   Requires approved membership but is a Public Group.

Lost & Found Pets (Including Injured)


(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

October 1st is National Fire Pup Day


When you first think of this National Holiday you probably think of the black and white spotted dog best known as the Dalmatian that hangs out with the firefighters at the Station House.  There are so many breeds making great strides in saving lives, as well as making a difference in their communities we would like to recognize that includes  Fire and SAR dogs.


Dalmatians started out their careers in the role of aiding horse-drawn carriages (firefighting apparatus) by running in front of them to clear the pathway leading both firefighters and horses to fires.  Some references even say that when they ran in front of the apparatus, they barked as if they were “sounding the alarm” notifying people a fire response was coming down their streets.

Because of the Dalmatians breed traits, dogs were easily able to jump from the horse-drawn era to fire trucks with strengths in guarding apparatus and later becoming firehouse mascots.  They were said to be easily trained and were heavily relied upon due to their biggest trait of being great guard dogs and watching over apparatus at fires.

Today, Dalmatians are still the same iconic breed of firehouses everywhere but there are other breeds in the Fire Service that have committed Heroic actions that we are including on this Special Day.


We have gleaned information from various sources about dogs saving lives and here is a small compilation:

Jake, Fire Pup Rescued Twice

Hanahan Fire Department (SC) Firefighter Lindler saw smoke coming from a neighbor’s yard and just did what was natural  in responding to the scene with equipment. Seeing that a shed was on fire, the dog’s owners screamed out their 3-week old pup was inside the building.  Firefighter Lindler rescued the pup from the burning shed and could see this poor fella had  burns over 75-percent of his body.

He was taken to a vet for immediate care but would be later given up by his owners because they were unable to pay the vet bills. The Firefighter who would follow-up at a later point on the pup’s condition would learn about this terrible news. His heart sank but it seemed only natural to adopt him and naming him Jake.  He had been rescued twice in his short life.

Jake quickly recovered when he was brought to the fire house and was loved on by his new adopted family.  He has turned from rescued pup to Fire Prevention Dog.  His owner is thinking he would make a great Arson Detection Dog.  He has been featured in a recent Humane Society calendar and has his own Facebook Page.

Learn more below.

Read about how Jake is helping kids and may even get a shot at becoming an Arson Detection Dog.  He is amazing and you will love his story as much as we have.

Jake is now a “Public Figure” as listed on his Facebook page here –> >

Read his full story and see pictures (warning: may be disturbing to some)  Woman’s Day (UK news) >

Bretagne, the last surviving Fire SAR Dog of 9/11

Bretagne, a Golden Retriever was age two when she was deployed for her first mission as a newly certified FEMA SAR Dog to the 9/11 WTC disaster looking for survivors then remains. For 10 days, she worked tirelessly with her handler, Denise Corliss.  She also logged in hours at Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Ivan. Bretagne had many great  years of service. She passed away in 2016 just shy of her 17th birthday. She received a highly decorated memorial by those who loved her.

Read her story here –>

Tilley, Rescue Pup turns Firehouse Pup

A Fire Station sticking with tradition of having a dog presence at their Fire Station changed it up one day when two firefighters from the Cass County Fire District No. 1/New Waverly Fire Department went across the street to pick up a new dog.  Firefighter Kyle Anderson and their Department’s Fire Chief, Rex Danely (a self-proclaimed K9 lover) rescued a pup from the Humane Society and brought the dog back.  His primary duties are to offer a calm presence, accept treats and lots of petting from kids who come to see him regularly.  The Chief felt they needed a “canine” presence.  They have never looked back and Tilley has helped many along the way returning the favor many times over.

Check out their story here –>

The London Dogs

Sherlock, Murphy and Rosco (retired) are trained by the best in the London Fire Brigade (UK) as arson detection dogs.  Their keen sense of smell is what helps them find fire causes.

Check out their stories here –>


Fire Pups are trained in many aspects of helping others.  Here are some of the amazing these dogs do in the Fire Service.

  • Search and Rescue (Disaster)
  • Arson Detection
  • Fire Prevention
  • Calm Presence during Fire Incident
  • Firehouse Presence

This post is dedicated to all Fire and SAR Dogs everywhere.  We Salute You!



(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

HOT JOBS! | March 27 | Emergency Management


American Red Cross.  San Francisco, California.


San Antonio Water System. Texas.  $30,221 – $45,992 / year.  ** Closes 4/3/2016.


State of Oklahoma. ** Closes 4/8/2016.


Dept of the Army.  Huntington, West Virginia.   $71,021 – $92,316 / year. ** Closes 4/6/2016.

Dept of Commerce.   Boulder, Colorado.  $90,779 – $139,457 / year. ** Closes 3/28/2016.

Dept of Environment Protection.  New York, New York.  $90,000 / year.  ** No Closing Date listed.

Dept of Veteran Affairs (VA).  Martinez, California.  ** Closes 4/11/2016.

FEMA.  Oakland, California.  $84,302 – $130,325 / year. ** Closes 3/28/2016.


FEMA.  Boston, Massachusetts.   $64,650 – $84,044 / year. ** Closes 3/31/2016.

 (c) The #NWFireBlog

NW EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT JOBS: Friday, November 20, 2015


Emergency Management Coordinator. Shoreline (WA) Continuous Opening.


Emergency Management Specialist – PA.   Bothell (WA). Closes 11/26/15. 

Emergency Management Specialist – Preparedness. Bothell (WA). Closes 11/26/15. 

Emergency Management – Supervisory.  Bothell (WA).  Closes 11/26/15. 


 Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. Bremerton (WA).  No Closing Date listed


Emergency Management Educator.  Bremerton (WA). Closes 11/26/15.


Emergency Management Program Specialist 3 – In Training.  Olympia (WA) Closes 11/23/15. 

(C) 2015 The #NWFireBlog



Lynnwood Fire Corps Seeking Volunteers to Support Local Fire Department

Lynnwood WA | The Lynnwood Fire Corps is looking for you! Be a part of a great organizaton of volunteers that support the needs of the Lynnwood Fire Department and help make a difference.


Here are some of the many examples you can expect to help support the needs of a great Washington Fire Department, while serving your Communty:

  • Provide Blood Pressure checks at Station #15, Lynnwood Senior Center and other locations.
  • Provide Amin and Clerical duties to Lynnwood Fire Department.
  • Assist with Community events such as:  Lynnwood University and National Night Out.
  • Assist with Community Programs such as: Toy Drive collection and Food Drives for families in need.
  • Assist with Preparedness efforts, including planning for quick access to stocks of emergency supplies, shelter readiness and procedure review.
  • Translate materials for non-English speaking populations.


The Fire Corps are looking for those that may have the following skills :

  • Admin Support
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills
  • Safety & Disaster Education
  • First Aid / CPR


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess a Valid Driver’s License.
  • Pass a Background Check.
  • Time Needed may be Variable


lynnwood Fire Department – 18800 44th Ave W, Lynnwood,WA98036


The Lynnwood Fire Department provides fire prevention, fire suppression, public education, emergency medical, hazardous materials and specialized rescue responses to its City of 36,000 residents in an eight-square radius by two fully staffed Fire Stations.

The Department has 50 full-time career Firefighter/EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors.  It’s personnel generally respond to approximately 6,000 alarms annually, with 75% those being emergency medical calls.

Additionally, Lynnwood Fire Department in cooperation with FEMA, Snohomish County Emergency Services Coordinating Agency [ESCA] also provide training for the Community Emergency Response Team or also known as CERT several times annually.  To find out more about this great program, contact ESCA at 425-776-3722.


Apply through this weblink on –> and follow the prompts.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

FEMA: Monitoring Storms, Asks Residents to Follow Official Instructions

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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 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, and  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at

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