Fire Season 2022 | Florida Wildfires

UPDATE 1 | 3/5/2022 | 2125 hours PT

FIELD UNIT | BLACKWATER

B66 FIRE Okaloosa County.

Reported 3/5/2022 1759 PT. Unknown acreage. 0% contained.

B-43 FIRE | Santa Rosa County.

Reported 3/5/2022 1659 PT. Unknown acreage. 0% contained.

FIELD UNIT | CALOOSAHATCHEE

23RD STREET WEST FIRE | Lee County.

Reported 3/5/2022 1238. Unknown acreage. 0% contained.

FIELD UNIT | CHIPOLA

ADKINS AVENUE FIRE | Bay County.

Credit | Bay County, FL Emergency Services

Size Up: 1,400 acres. 35% contained.

Damage Assessment: 2 structures destroyed. 12 damaged.

Emergency Alerts: Sign up for emergency alerts through AlertBay at alertbay.org

Want to Volunteer?: Sign up at rebuildbaycounty.org

Incident Cooperators: Bay County, FL Emergency Service, Florida Forest Services-Chipola, Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

Alert | Bay District Schools

3/5/2022 1945 hours PT | 7:45 p.m. update: The School District is doing as much as possible to support our students, families, and employees who have been impacted by these devastating wildfires. We are monitoring the fires and remain in close contact with emergency officials. We have not yet made any decisions impacting our school schedule for Monday but we expect most, if not all, schools to be open as usual. As all of you are already aware, this situation is very fluid and changes can occur rapidly. As always, if anything changes with our usual school schedule, we will use social media, automated phone calls, emails, and mainstream media to ensure our students, parents/guardians, and staff have the information they need. Our hearts are with all of those who have directly been impacted by the fires and we stand in awe of the first responders from our community and other communities who are doing all they can to bring an end to this terrible devastation.” – Bay District Schools

BERTHA SWAMP RD FIRE | Gulf County.

Size Up: 8,000 acres. 10% contained.

Incident Summary: The fire originated in Gulf County on Friday, 3/4/2022, and quickly moved into Calhoun and Bay Counties. It is now 8-10 miles southeast of South Bear Creek Road x US 231. Evacuations are in effect for various communities in Bay County.

Caution: Drivers and residents are being encouraged to stay clear of the area and follow all updates from the Bay County Emergency Services agency via Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BayCountyFLEmergencyServices

State of Emergency: Bay County has issued a local State of Emergency, which is also under a current mandatory burn ban.

Evacuation orders in effect for:

  • Transmitter Rd and Start Avenue
  • South of Hwy 231 to US 98 (Tyndall Pkway)
  • Bear Creek area
  • South of Scotts Ferry Road
  • East of Hwy 231.

Shelter located at:

  • Bay County Fairgrounds, 2230 15th Street.

Incident Cooperators: Bay County, FL Emergency Service, Florida Forest Services-Chipola, Bay County Sheriff’s Office

Resources: 200 total fire personnel (Bay County) and from the Panhandle area, plus 70 FFS firefighters. Dozers, tractors, engines, and other heavy equipment.

Current Status: Firefighters are working to establish containment lines and structure protection.

Emergency Alerts: Sign up with AlertBay alertbay.org

Want to Volunteer?: Sign up at rebuildbaycounty.org

3102 SAPP RD FIRE | Jackson County.

1 acre. 0% contained.

2329 SE CYPRESS POINT RD FIRE | Calhoun County.

0.1 acre. 90% contained.

865 RUFUS RD FIRE | Washington County.

1.5 acres. 85% contained.

450 AMELIA LANE | Walton County.

Reported 3/5/2022 0940 hours. 0.25 acres. 0% contained.

FIELD UNIT | EVERGLADES

HOMESTEAD FIRE | Miami-Dade County.

200 acres. 90% contained.

FIELD UNIT | LAKELAND

DAVIS ROAD FIRE | Polk County.

1,085 acres. 90% contained.

SAND SCRUB FIRE | Polk County.

135 acres. 80% contained.

FIELD UNIT | MYAKKA RIVER

WF5 SW EAGERTON DR 0134 FIRE | DeSoto County.

.75 acre. 80% contained.

FIELD UNIT | PERRY

PINNER ROAD FIRE | Dixie County.

0 acres. 0% contained.

ROCK ROAD FIRE | Dixie County.

100 acres. 25% contained.

SOUTH HWY 351 FIRE | Dixie County.

Unknown acreage. Reported 3/5/2022 1042.

FIELD UNIT | WITHLACOOCHEE

KIM LANE FIRE | Pasco County.

0.1 acre. 0% contained.

CR 205 FIRE | Sumter County.

2 acres. 90% contained.

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

Heard From The Fireground | Fire News

Published Sunday, 1/30/2022, 2000 hours PT

Did You Know?

The IAFF represents more than 326,000 career firefighters and paramedics across the United States and throughout Canada. – IAFF

CANADA

Burnaby: The Canadian Policy Conference will be held on 2/6-2/8/2022. Details here: https://www.iaff.org/event/canadian-policy-conference-2/

CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles County FD: Dive team members (Lifeguard division) with the Underwater Rescue and Recovery Unit conducted a dive training drill this weekend on Baywatch Cabrillo off of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Credit | LA CountyFD

FLORIDA

Seminole County FD: Doreen Overstreet, the agency’s Public Safety Info and Education Officer is recognized as one of the best in Florida during their Annual Awards Ceremony on the night of Saturday, 1/29/2022.

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Credit: SCFD

Brevard County Fire Rescue: Lt. Larry Tillman retires from the fire agency after 27 years of service and from his last assignment at Station 21/A shift.

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Credit: BCFR

IDAHO

Selkirk Fire Rescue: Looking to hire a Wildland Firefighter. Send resume’ to Selkirk Fire Rescue and EMS. Attn: Wildland program, 1123 Lake Street, Sandpoint, ID 83864. Must be postmarked by 2/21/2022. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Selkirkfirerescueems

MICHIGAN

Perry Fire Rescue: The Local 5360 has joined the ranks and is now officially one of the IAFF’s newest affiliates. “They will be great assets to the 8th District and the state of Michigan. It’s great to have them as part of the IAFF family.” – IAFF.

FDNY: On 1/28, it was a sea of blue in the streets of New York City, along with FDNY members shoulder-to-shoulder with the men and women of the NYPD to mourn the loss of Police Officer Jason Rivera, along with his partner, Wilmber Mora was killed in the Line-of-duty last week.

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Credit | FDNY

TEXAS

El Paso Fire: EPFD, PD, and the TX State Parks jointly worked together today during a SAR mission at Smugglers Pass trail for an injured hiker. Additional mutual aid responded in the form of the Air and Marine Operations’ Blackhawks helicopter.

Credit: El Paso Fire PIO

WASHINGTON STATE

Bellingham Fire: COVID tests are available on Monday from 0900-1600 (9-4). Parking in front of the blue “bay” doors is a no-no. Available at Bellingham Fire Station 1, on Broadway, is at-home COVID-19 test kits. While supplies last, 2 boxes (4 tests) are available per family. Please limit one person at a time during the pickup. If the sign is up out front, we still have tests to distribute.

Credit: BFD

Bothell Fire: FF Brad McCollum earned his Engine Drive Operator cert. This is after long hours and days of learning pump operations, safe driving techniques, tiller and aerial apparatus operations and water supply.

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Credit | BFD

Hoquiam Fire: Firefighters are asking voters to approve the creation of the Regional Fire Authority for Grays Harbor County firefighters which include Aberdeen Firefighters and Hoquiam Firefighters.

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue: Virtual CPR and AED training. Wednesday, 2/9/2022 at 1830 PT (6:30pm). Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/927236654847006?ref=newsfeed

Wenatchee: The Washington State Fire Fighter’s Association is hosting the 99th Annual Conference and Fire School on 4/20-22/2022. Registration opened 11/2021. Details here: https://www.wsffa.org/annual-fire-school/?fbclid=IwAR35zqWmiQa0DNsXO4BAFMopyLWMcTJ9r1_nBREnfGrZNzPOAaznPucQbbs

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

Product Recall | Hand Bed Rails

Published, Wednesday, December 29, 2021

FLORIDA — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Essential Medical Supply Inc. of Orlando, Florida announced the recall on December 22, 2021, of four models of the company’s Endurance Hand Bed Rails, which the following:

  • Hand Bed Rail (model P1410)
  • Hand Bed Rail with pouch (model P1410-P)
  • Hand Bed Rail with floor support (model P1411)
  • Hand Bed Rail with floor support with puch (model P1411-P)
Recalled Essential Medical Supply Endurance® Hand Bed Rail (P1410)
Credit: Essential Medical Supply

These have been recalled because an adult can become entrapped within the bed rail or between the rail and the side of the mattress. This poses a serious entrapment hazard and risk of death by asphyxiation.

One death has been reported in California. The CPSC states the 86-year old died in December of 2012.

This recall impacts a total of 272,000 units at medical supply stores across the nation, as well as online through http://www.amazon.com (Amazon) and http://www.walmart.com (Walmart). Units were sold by the company between October 2006 through December 2021.

Essential Medical Supply Inc. states consumers stop using this product immediately.

If the item was purchased after November 1, 2015, the company will provide a refund. If they were purchased prior to this date, it is advised that you stop usage immediately, disassemble them, and dispose of the rails.

For more details on this recall, visit the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

FL | Major Disaster | 1

UPDATE 1 | JUNE 24, 2021 | 2300 HOURS PT

Credit — Media (prior to collapse)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Just over 24 hours ago on Thursday, June 24, 2021 (0130 EDT/2230 PT), a 12-story, mixed commercial structure with residential (condo) building, named the Champlain Towers lost two-thirds of its structure and came crashing down from an unknown cause.

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Credit — MDFR

The building is located at 8777 Collins Avenue (Miami Dade County) in Surfside, Florida.

First due Fire units reported the northeast corridor of the building had sustained a partial collapse. About 55 condo-units were impacted by the collapse.

OPERATIONS

Miami Dade Police Department has assumed all things related to the investigation of this incident at 0430 hours PT on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

Just before 0800 EDT, SAR units with search dogs began to search for survivors. Firefighters were able to help save 35 occupants from the interior of the building. Out of the 35 survivors, 10 of them were treated for injuries and two were transported to area hospitals.

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Credit — MDFR

TRAFFIC IMPACTS

>> Collins Avenue from 85th to 92nd Street and Harding Avenue from 85th to 90th Street have been temporarily closed (Miami Dade PD)

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Credit — MDFR

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Residents

“If you live at the Champlain Towers at 8777 Collins Avenue, Surfside, Florida please complete a Wellness Check Form as part of Miami-Dade County’s efforts to ensure all tenants of the building are located: https://bit.ly/2TYsvUD ” – MDPD

REUNIFICATION CENTER

Families are able to check-in to find out about loved ones unaccounted or missing by visiting the Family Reunification Center located at 9301 Collins Avenue or can call #305-614-1819.

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Credit — MDFR

INCIDENT COOPERATORS — MDFR, MDPD, MD EOM, WC Kitchen

RESOURCES

Financial Assistance — miamidade.gov/emergency

ABOUT STRUCTURE

The Champlain Towers were built in 1981 and have 136-units with a penthouse at the top of the building (per Zillow). Residents enjoy ocean views, located right on the sand, enjoy the beach scene and spectacular scenery from your balcony or step right onto the beach.

The building is said to have gone through many major renovations and said to be the most elegant building in Surfside. The Community offers beach and tennis center, fitness center, rec room, valet parking, 24 hours security and hurricane shutters.

Some of these units are said to be valued at $700k – $2.5 Million or more and with a few being rented out from $2,000 to over $7,000 per month.

The HOA says this building is steps away from the Atlantic Ocean and is nearby nightlife.

SOCIAL MEDIA

@MiamiDadePD

@MiamiDadeFire

#SurfsideBuildingCollapse

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 0025 PT 6/25/2021

Piney Point Contaminated, Evacuated

APRIL 3, 2021 | SATURDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY | Multiple Sources

Residents in the area of Piney Point (Manatee County), Florida were under a mandatory evacuation order for those living around the Piney Point Phosphogypsum Stack and waste water overflow facility breach. Officials believed the leaking gypsum stack could pose a safety danger to those in the area, as well as a mere collapse. It was expected to collapse at any moment. (0819 hours PT).

EVACUATION ORDER | Manatee County Public Safety

Originally, the evacuation order was for those who were a half-mile west and one mile southwest to the Moccasin Wallow Road but was extended it for those around the breached reservoir. This is impacting approximately 316 households in the evacuation area.

STATE OF EMERGENCY | Gov. Ron DeSantis

On Saturday, Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered a State of Emergency due to the possibility of mixed saltwater from the south reservoir at the Piney Point facility. He will be traveling to the area on Sunday meet with Florida Department of Environmental Administration and the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

STATE RESPONSE | Governor, Emergency Management

Emergency Management responded to the area with mobilized pumps, pump trucks, vac trucks and over 100,000 bottles of water. The EOC was activated and is still currently in an operational period of time.

Residents can find the following resources as listed by various governmental pages:

EVACUATION ORDERS | Manatee County Public Safety

Residents call call 3-1-1 with questions about the evacuation zone related. Call 9-1-1 only for life and safety emergencies only.

TRAFFIC CLOSURES | MCG Public Works

Closure of US-41 – from Buckeye Rd to Moccasin Wallow Rd.

Moccasin Wallow Rd – West of 38th Avenue East.

UPDATES | Florida Government

To find out about more updates or how this has occurred over the last several days, go to this website here –> Piney Point Regional Notification | Water Quality Dashboard (protectingfloridatogether.gov)

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2100 hours PT

County Firefighters Knock Down Big Fire

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida

Sarasota County Firefighters were dispatched just after 1800 EST (1500 PST) to a commercial structure fire in the area of 19th Street and North East Avenue.

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Credit: SCG Emergency Svcs

Upon first due arriving companies, flames and heavy smoke were visible from the large commercial building that would turn into a 2nd-alarm response. Explosions were reported during the initial fire attack as well.

The fire was knocked down around 1930 hours EST from the exterior. Interior operations would continue with flow of foam to snuff out any chance of a rekindle.

The red iron steel beam was said to be holding in place in the center of structure but a bow was present on the Bravo side. Exposures were protected.

Around 1937 hours EST, Command advised all members on the fire ground, that they were going to continue operations with two-hand lines from the exterior and not from the interior. The IC strongly encouraged them to get their air bottles filled as well.

Crews will be on-scene for a long duration of time.

A State FIU Investigator was en route to the scene with an unknown ETA.

No known reports to citizens or firefighters being injured at the time of this post. The cause will be determined by the Investigator.

This is a developing story.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/2/2021 1939 EST / 1639 PST

Bring Them Home | Hundreds Search for Firefighters Lost at Sea | 1

Information for this article was gleaned from multiple sources from government, private and public sectors published over Social Media. Information is posted to the best of my abilities.

Quote of the Day | Day after day, ordinary people become heroes through extraordinary and selfless actions to help their neighbors.Sylvia Mathews Burwell

We ask  a few things from our readers – to be respectful and nice towards this post and towards those including the family, friends and their communities that are hugely impacted by their disappearance and waiting impatiently for any updates from Officials.  For us, please send and keep them in your good thoughts and prayers. This will mean a lot to us and to them as well.

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Thank you to all of the Incident Cooperators (sorry we if did not mention you!) and their partners, civilians, Good Samaritans, Command personnel, Supporters and everyone else in between who is searching for Justin and Brian. This is what we are all about – helping each other. – This is why one of the reasons we are big fans of the Fire Service and the Family that binds it together.  Blogger LR Swenson/NW Fire Blog

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

Two great friends whom are both avid boaters decided to take a boat out for a last run on  Friday, August 16th morning for fishing and relaxation.  When off-duty firefighters, JFRD Engineer Brian McCluney (US Navy Vet) and Justin Walker, Fairfax FD (VA) did not return as scheduled, they were reported to authorities as overdue.

Photo Credit:  JAX Firefighters

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Firefighters Brian McCluney and Justin Walker.

A massive search would gear up and be spearheaded by one of the biggest Search-and-Rescue agencies, which specializes in missing and stranded boaters that the Federal Agency has in this nation.  This large-scale SAR mission has all the main players including a massive civilian force and they are all pulling out every single resources to find these missing firefighters to #BringThemHome.

Here is their story told through various updates, eyewitness accounts and from Social Media sources.

INCIDENT TIMELINE

Day 1 | August 16 | Friday

0107 hours EDT 

Two boaters, Justin and Brian are seen on the boat ramp’s camera, placing the 22-foot Robalo boat into the water were reportedly heading to the 8A Reef. The boat was given to him from his father, whom had just passed.

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Credit | USCG

Day 2 | August 17 | Saturday

They are reported overdue as they never came back as scheduled on this date.

 1009 hours EDT

The US Coast Guard begins to search for missing two firefighters.  They were last seen leaving the 300 Christopher Columbus boat ramp in Port Canaveral Friday in a 24-foot center console.  Their destination was to head towards 8A reef.  This reef is a fishing spot and is an artificial or natural reef that attracts fish to the area.

Eyewitness Account | “We fished out of the port today and we saw a rescue plane circling for about two hours. The current was ripping about 8-12 knots around noon.”

A family reported to the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville on this date would prompt a USCG to launch a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Canaveral, an HC-130 Hercules search plane from the Air Station Clearwater and an 87-foot patrol boat called the Cutter Ridley.  Additional incident cooperators included the US Navy and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Day 3 | August 18 | Sunday

MEDIA REPORT | DC Patrick Gouin from Brian’s station says 7/50 JFRD JAX Firefighters are from his shift. Other Firefighters from nearby areas are staffing stations while Brian’s fellow brothers search for him.

0415 Hours EDT

The USCG with Incident Cooperators will be searching through the night with surface and air resources.  The search throughout the day has covered 20,029 square miles with an estimated 70 hours of active searches.

Photo Credit:  USCG

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0733 Hours EDT

Searchers focus near the Gulf Stream. Good Samaritans are searching 1-15 miels off the coast from south Georgia to Port Canaveral.  Estimated search is 5,000 miles.

0744 Hours EDT

There are 2 USCG 87-foot patrol boats, 2 small boats and 1 HC-130 search plane. Incident Cooperators include My FWC, JSO PIO, CBP Florida, Brevard County Sheriffs Office and about 15 Good Sam vessels.

Day 4 | August 19 | Monday

0852 hours EDT

They started at 0800 hours with 36 boats, 135+  people, 3 airplanes to search 5,000 square miles from St. Augustine to Brunswick and from the beach to 60 miles out from shore.

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Customs Border and Protection Bureau (CPB) air and marine assets are assisting the USCG Southeast Command in working to locate two missing firefighters who disappeared on Friday, August 16, 2019.

Here are some of the aircraft deployed on this SAR mission | All photo credit goes to CBP Florida.

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The CBP states they deployed a P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker crew, two Multi-Role Enforcement aircraft on board an Interim Midnight Express to assist with the search.

Day 5 | August 20 | Tuesday

0452 hours EDT

The searchers have covered 24,000 miles and continue to search. Crews are searching at Port Canaveral area up to north of City of Jacksonville, as well as 80 miles off-shore.

0536 hours EDT

0725 hours EDT

1430 hours EDT

PRESSER | We will be moving our efforts north tomorrow…boats that can run 60+ miles out of Mayport..boats that can run 30-60 miles out of Brunswick and Savannah..if you want to go out of Brunswick/Savannah call Chief Barrow tonight 904-813-5315 for boats and volunteers call 904-763-9747. – My JFRD (@JFRDJAX)

1609 hours EDT

USCG will start searching through the night.  The search has covered 69,000 square miles with an estimated 182 hours of searches.  They will partner with crews searching from the skies and on the surface.

We started early as the sun broke today gridding our the area and giving assignments…we will do it again tomorrow at 7am from Mayport boat ramp. – JFRD JAX

Photo Credit:  @JFRDJAX

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Day 6 | August 21 | Wednesday

0700 hours EDT

Volunteers  who have boats capable of searching between 30-60 miles offshore safely will be meeting at Mayport boat ramp at 7 am.  Bring your binoculars and SAT phone if you have them. If you don’t have a boat and want to help, you can help out by donating to  JFRD.com

How to Help

https://clear-give.com/egive3/index.cfm?page=donationDetail&itemID=305533&LocID=261001&refresh=true

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#BringThemHome  #MissingFirefighters

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 00:00 hours 8/21/2019

The Wildfire Log | 360G Fire | FL | 1

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA

A wildfire is burning approximately 12 miles NW of Crafordville and 18 miles WSW of Tallahassee is said to be burning in the National Forests in Florida.

The fire has destroyed 521 acres of short grass and timber.

Fire behavior is being reported as moderate with smoldering and creeping.

There are about nine personnel including two engines attached to this incident.

The firefighting suppression and containment effort costs-to-date have reached $200,000.  Fire managers estimate this wildfire will be completely contained by June 30th.

There is no word on what sparked this fire or when it ignited.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/4/2019 @ 2155 PDT

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

HURRICANE MICHAEL

Incident Summary

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

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

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

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


INCIDENT COOPERATORS

FDNY IMT

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

PA Task Force 1

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

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

USAF Specialized Tactics (USAF Spec Tactics)

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

Indiana Task Force 1

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

Gulf County Sheriff Office. (FL)

Palm Beach County Sheriff Office (FL)

U.S. Navy

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

Photo Credit: US Navy

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Georgia EMA

Georgia National Guard

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

Photo Credit: GANG

White House

Florida Senator Marco Rubio

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

Photo Credit: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

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

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

Photo Credit: MBPD Chief Daniel Oates


HUMAN SERVICES

American Red Cross

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

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

Photo Credit: Red Cross

Compassion Fund

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

Photo Credit: Angie McAllister, Director of Compassion Fund

Animal Rescue

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

Photo Credit: ASPCA


INFRASTRUCTURE

State of Georgia

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

City of Tallahassee (FL)

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

Florida SERT

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

Sprint Emergency Response Team

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

Photo Credit: Spring ERT

First Net Authority

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

Cell Phones

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

Verizon

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

Photo Credit: Verizon

AT&T

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


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Private Property Clean-up

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

Burn Permits

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

Power Line Safety

ASL Video. 

Water Supply

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

Photo Credit: GAEMA

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



COMMUNITY SUPPORT  – SURVIVOR RESOURCES

Target

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

Food Stamp Assistance 

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

Food, Emergency Housing, Farmer and Rancher Assistance

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

Pet Owners

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

Airport Travel

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


IMPACTS

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

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

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

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

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

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/18/2018

FLORIDA | HURRICANE MICHAEL | SIT REP 1

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

SURVIVORS SERVICES

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

 MEALS & DISASTER SUPPLIES 

Hot meals and Disaster Relief Supplies

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

Free Meals

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

Food and Water Distribution

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

Water, Ice, Groceries and Hygiene Kits

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

COMMUNICATIONS

Wi-Fi

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

MEDICAL CARE

Medical Care

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

RELIEF SUPPORT

HOW TO HELP

Charity Giving

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

Crowdrelief

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

POST-DISASTER RE-ENTRY

Bay County

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

FIRST RESPONDERS

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Team Rubicon Disaster Response

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

City of Panama City Beach

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

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Photo Credit | City of Panama City Beach

National Guard

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

Photo Credit | National Guard @FLGuard

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

Florida Public Utilities

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

Jackson County 

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

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