Yale tulane moc brief - hurricane sandy- 1 nov 2012
YALE/TULANE ESF-8 PLANNING AND RESPONSE PROGRAM SPECIAL REPORT HURRICANE SANDY STATE LINKS FEDERAL LINKSConnecticutCT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection FEDERAL GOVERNMENTTwitter | Facebook BACKGROUNDHurricane Sandy Preparations FEMADelaware Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | BlogDelaware Emergency Management Agency DANGERS POST-SANDYTwitter | FacebookNWS- Delaware Ready. GovMaryland WATCHES AND WARNINGS HHSMaryland Emergency Management AgencyTwitter | Facebook Public Health Emergency – ASPRNWS Baltimore/Washington Twitter | Facebook Baltimore Baltimore Office of Emergency Management FEDERAL ACTIVITIES Twitter| Facebook CDC Twitter | FacebookMassachusettsMassachusetts Emergency Management Agency STATESTwitter | Facebook DOD Boston NORTHCOM Boston Office of Emergency Management Agency PREVENTION OF INJURIES Twitter | Facebook Twitter - Alert Boston | Facebook AND ILLNESS AFTER A DISASTERNew Hampshire ARMY NORTHNew Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management Twitter | FacebookNew JerseyNew Jersey Office of Emergency Management This is an initial Response Brief National Weather ServiceTwitter | Facebook | on Hurricane Sandy. We will National Hurricane Center NOAA All Hazard WatchNew York StateNew York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services focus on CT, NY and NJ after this NOAA Environmental Visual LaboratoryTwitter| Facebook | You TubeNWS Office NYC and brief other states byHurricane Sandy News and Information exception. TRAVEL New York City FAA Flight Delays New York City Office of Emergency Preparedness AMTRAK Service Alerts Twitter| Facebook | You Tube NWS Office NYC The death toll in the US 82. ORGANIZATIONPennsylvania (Reuters) as of 10 AM , 1 NOV American Red CrossPennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Philadelphia 2012. It is likely that this number Twitter | Facebook NWS - Pennsylvania will rise.Rhode IslandRhode Island Emergency Management AgencyTwitter | FacebookHurricane Sandy PreparationsVirginiaVirginia Department of Emergency ManagementTwitter | FacebookWashington D.C.Homeland Security and Emergency Management AgencyTwitter | FacebookNWS – DCWest Virginia AS OF 0900 EDTWV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency ManagementTwitter / Facebook 1 NOV 2012
BACKGROUNDOVERVIEW:• Hurricane Sandy was a late-season tropical cyclone that first affected Jamaica, Cuba, The Bahamas, Haiti and Florida before slamming into the U.S. East Coast and Canada. It is the largest Atlantic hurricane in diameter on record, with tropical-force winds stretching approximately 1,100 miles in diameter.DEATH TOLL: At least 51 people have been killed in the U.S. and Canada and 68 people across the Caribbean and Bahamas.U.S. IMPACT: Sandy impacted 14 states along the U.S. East Coast, from Florida to New England, stretching tropical storm force winds far inland, causing major flooding in coastal communities and New York City, exacerbating mountain snows in the Mid Atlantic Appalachian region, especially in West Virginia, halting mass transit and cutting power to more than 7 million homes and businesses, and causing at least $50 billion in estimated damages across the East Coast, Mid Atlantic and Appalachian regions.TROPICAL DEVELOPMENT: Hurricane Sandy on Thursday, Oct. 28, as the Category 1 storm approaching the U.S. East Coast as seen from the International Space Station 240 miles above Earth. NASA• The eighteenth tropical cyclone and tenth hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, Sandy developed from an elongated tropical wave in the western Caribbean Sea on October 22. It quickly strengthened after becoming a tropical depression and was upgraded to a tropical storm six hours later.• On October 24, Sandy was upgraded to a hurricane, shortly before making landfall in Jamaica. Upon moving farther north, Sandy re-entered water and made its second landfall in Cuba during the early morning of October 25 as a Category 2 hurricane. During the late evening of October 25, Sandy weakened to Category 1 strength; in the early hours of October 26, it headed north through the Bahamas and north along the U.S. East Coast.• Sandy show some characteristics of both tropical and extratropical cyclones on October 26.[ Sandy briefly weakened to a tropical storm in the early morning hours of October 27, then strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane later that morning. Just before 8 a.m. EDT, on October 29, Sandy turned to the north-northwest and started to make its expected approach towards the U.S. coast. At 7 p.m. EDT that evening, Sandy was declared a post-tropical cyclone, while still maintaining Category 1 strength. Sandy made its final landfall 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Atlantic City, New Jersey at about 8 p.m. EDT on October 29. A woman looks over the destruction near her seaside apartment in Atlantic City, N.J. on Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Sandy made landfall. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)
DEADLY DANGERS POST SANDY DO NOT PUT YOUR FAMILY AT RISK. FOLLOW THESE IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS FROM CPSC, FEMA, AND USFA IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE STORM:PORTABLE GENERATORSNever use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even if doors and windows areopen. Keep generators outside and far away from windows, doors and vents. Read both thelabel on your generator and the owners manual and follow the instructions. Any electricalcables you use with the generator should be free of damage and suitable for outdoor use.CHARCOAL GRILLS AND CAMP STOVESNever use charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors. Deaths have occurred when consumers burnedcharcoal or used camp stoves in enclosed spaces, which produced lethal levels of carbonmonoxide.CO ALARMSInstall carbon monoxide alarms immediately outside each sleeping area and on every level ofthe home to protect against CO poisoning. Change the alarms batteries every year.ELECTRICAL AND GAS SAFETYStay away from any downed wires, including cable TV feeds. They may be live with deadlyvoltage. If you are standing in water, do not handle or operate electrical appliances. Electrical Be careful if using a generator at home. Google Imagescomponents, including circuit breakers, wiring in the walls and outlets that have been underwater should not be turned on. They should be replaced unless properly inspected and testedby a qualified electrician. Natural gas or propane valves that have been under water should bereplaced. Smell and listen for leaky gas connections. If you believe there is a gas leak,immediately leave the house, leave the door(s) open, and call 911. Never strike a match. Anysize flame can spark an explosion. Before turning the gas back on, have the gas system checkedby a professional.CANDLESUSE CAUTION with candles. If possible, use flashlights instead. If you must use candles, do notburn them on or near anything that can catch fire. Never leave burning candles unattended.Extinguish candles when you leave the room.Consumers, fire departments and state and local health and safety agencies can downloadCPSCs generator safety posters, door hangers and CO safety publications at CPSCs COInformation Center or order free copies by contacting CPSCs Hotline at (800) 638-2772.Download FEMA and USFAs lifesaving information on disasters at www.Ready.gov and Jeff Willard lights a candle in his living room as hiswww.usfa.fema.gov girlfriend, Diana Conte, back left, and her son, Ricky, wait for electricity to return in Ventnor City, N.J., Oct. 30, 2012. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. Patrick Semansky / AP
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FEDERAL ACTIVITIES• The American Red Cross mobilized hundreds of disaster workers, readying shelters and coordinating efforts with community partners in potentially affected states. To find an open Red Cross shelter, download the Red Cross DECLARATIONS FEDERAL DECLARATIONS Hurricane app or visit www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter. October 29th, 2012 - President Obama Signs Connecticut Emergency Declaration October 29th, 2012 - President Obama Signs Rhode Island Emergency Declaration• To support potential pre- and post storm hospital evacuations, in coordination with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through October 29th, 2012 - President Obama Signs New Jersey Emergency Declaration Emergency Support Function 8, FEMA has the capability to activate ambulance contracts to support state requirements to evacuate patients if October 29th, 2012 - President Obama Signs Pennsylvania Emergency Declaration needed and requested. October 29th, 2012 - Hurricane Sandy Public Advisory (NOAA)• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deployed temporary emergency power October 29th, 2012 - Connecticut Gov. Malloy Declares State of Emergency teams, consisting of planning and response teams and resource support staff to assist with critical infrastructure. October 28th, 2012 - President Obama Signs Maryland Emergency Declaration October 28th, 2012 - President Obama Signs Massachusetts Emergency• The Department of Energy continues to work with states and local partners Declaration to pre-mobilize storm and field personnel to assist in power restoration efforts. October 28th, 2012 - President Obama Signs New York Emergency Declaration October 28th, 2012 - President Obama Signs District of Columbia Emergency• FEMA and the Department of Defense are establishing Incident Support Declaration Bases in Westover, Mass. and Lakehurst, New Jersey to position supplies including water, meals, blankets and other resources closer to potentially October 26th, 2012 - Maine Governor Declares Limited Emergency to Help Restore impacted areas, should they be needed. Power October 26th, 2012 - North Carolina Governor Perdue Declares State of Emergency• The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is monitoring the storm and will for Eastern Counties take steps to prepare and protect FAA facilities and equipment that are in the projected path of the storm, including control towers, radars and October 26, 2012 - Governor O’Malley Signs Executive Order Declaring State of navigational aids. The FAAs top operational priority is to quickly re-establish Emergency in Maryland air traffic service to support disaster relief efforts. October 26, 2012 - Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency in New York in Preparation for Potential Impact of Hurricane Sandy October 26th, 2012 - Virginia Governor McDonnell Declares State of Emergency in Preparation for Hurricane Sandy
FEDERAL ACTIVITIES• 31 OCT - President Obama visited the Federal Emergency Management • Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) personnel and teams are Agency’s (FEMA) National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. located in storm-affected states to provide secure and non-secure voice, to participate in a briefing with several members of his cabinet and directed video, information services, operations and logistics support to response the federal family bring all federal resources to bear that are needed without efforts in affected states. 14 Incident Management Assistance Teams and 12 delay as they lean forward to support states, tribes, and communities in their liaison officers, positioned in affected states before the storm, continue to response. FEMA continues to coordinate the federal governments assistance support response activities and ensure there are no unmet needs. to support the states in response and recovery of Hurricane Sandy. Residents and business owners who were impacted by Sandy in the designated• President, Governor Chris Christie and FEMA Administrator Fugate toured the counties in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey should apply for assistance by storm damaged New Jersey coast and met with disaster survivors and first- calling 1-800-621-FEMA begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 1-800-621-FEMA responders, and were briefed by state and local officials on response efforts. end_of_the_skype_highlighting (3362), online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or on mobile devices at m.fema.gov.• 1 NOV -Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will travel to ” Connecticut and New York to meet with state and local officials and view • On 30 OCT , The President Obama declared major disasters for ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy. Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, making disaster assistance available to those in the heaviest hit areas affected by the storm.• At the direction of the President, a power restoration working group has been established to cut through the red tape, increase federal, state, tribal, local • The President also signed federal emergency declarations for Connecticut, and private sector coordination and restore power to people as quickly as Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New possible. Led by FEMA Administrator Fugate, this working group includes Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia representatives from private sector utilities and includes government and West Virginia. This allows FEMA to provide resources directly to state, representatives from the Department of Defense, Department of tribal and local government engaged in life-saving and sustaining Transportation, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activities. and representatives from local law enforcement, among others. • FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center remains activated.• More than 2,200 FEMA personnel are working to support response More than 330 representatives from retail, transportation, food and operations, including search and rescue, situational awareness, groceries, building management, and other industries receive daily briefings communications and logistical support. Nine federal urban search and rescue on key federal response efforts. These briefings assist in federal and private task forces are supporting local search and rescue operations and an sector planning efforts, and provide a forum to discuss response efforts and additional six teams are on alert should they be needed. challenges for maintaining business operations and provides the opportunity to collaborate on innovative solutions.• Community relations teams are on the ground in the hardest hit areas of the Mid-Atlantic going door-to-door to inform disaster survivors about available services and resources and to gather situational awareness. SOURCES: FEMA Release Number: PR-12-128
FEDERAL ACTIVITIES The U.S. Department of Transportation is making $17 million in quick-releaseThe Department of Energy (DOE) continues to work closely with FEMA, and emergency relief funds immediately available to New York, North Carolina andin support of state, tribal, and local officials as the electric industry engages in Rhode Island to help begin repairing the damage to roads, bridges, and tunnels.power restoration efforts. Daily Situation Reports that detail the storms Assessments continue throughout the Northeast to determine the full extent of theimpacts and the restoration activities being taken by the energy sector are damage.available at www.doe.gov. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) remains inNational Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) close communication with the East Coast state VOADs to coordinate on a regional,remains in close communication with the East Coast state VOADs to multi-state level. Currently 15 states have activated their VOAD networks forcoordinate on a regional, multi-state level. Currently 15 states have activated readiness actions; the National VOAD is sharing their activities and needs with alltheir VOAD networks for readiness actions; the National VOAD is sharing their VOAD members and partners.activities and needs with all VOAD members and partners. U.S. Department of Agriculture regional Food and Nutrition Service leadership isNuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) ensured inspectors independently working with state commissioners and program administrators in the affected areaverified that plant operators made the proper preparations and actions to to meet food needs for emergency shelters and feeding sites and to assist withensure plant safety before, during and after the storm. All plants are Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requests.functioning normally. The NRC will continue to coordinate with FEMA andother federal and state agencies as a normal business practice. U.S. Department of Interior bureaus are mobilizing incident management teams to assess natural resource and infrastructure damage at national parks, wildlife refuges,National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Indian reservations and other DOI facilities in impacted areas. More than 300Hydrometerological Prediction Center continues to track the remnants of personnel are deployed in this effort. The National Park Service is mobilizing 44Sandy and provides regular forecast updates. NOAA Navigation Response boats and crews to support DOI search and rescue efforts. Receiving numerouscrews are commencing waterway surveys in the affected areas. NOAA Aircraft media requests for damage assessments and need to work with FEMA to coordinateOperations Center has deployed aircraft to take high resolution photographs how and when and who will respond. The U.S. Geological Survey continues to collectof affected areas to assist emergency responders. storm surge and tidal flow gages and assess coastal impacts and erosion.U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is coordinating U.S. Postal Service has procedures in place to expedite recovery efforts, includingwith FEMA and affected states to identify housing providers who may have making sure there is timely delivery of mailed ballots. Voters in areas affected byavailable housing units, including public housing agencies and multi-family Hurricane Sandy as well as other customers can obtain updates on postal facilityowners. HUD is also speeding federal disaster assistance to Connecticut, New operation changes due to the storm on the Mail Service Updates page on the PostalYork and New Jersey to provide support to homeowners and low-income Service website. The safety of employees, the public and the U.S. Mail remains therenters forced from their homes in the most heavily impacted areas. The top priority, and the USPS will continue to post Mail Service updates for residentialPresident’s major disaster declarations for Connecticut, New York and New customers on their front home page on usps.com, located in the bottom rightJersey allow HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to some corner. Access this information directly at http://about.usps.com/news/service-families in the designated counties. alerts/welcome.htm Also, USPS will continue to post updated information for business mailers on the following web site. Access this information atSOURCES: https://ribbs.usps.gov/.FEMA Release Number: PR-12-128
DoDBASE SUPPORT DCO/DCE• FEMA and the Department of Defense established Incident Support Bases in Defense Coordinating Officers (DCO), and portions of the Defense Westover, Mass. and Lakehurst, New Jersey to pre-position supplies including Coordinating Element (DCE) remain on the ground to validate, plan and water, meals, blankets and other resources closer to potentially -impacted areas, coordinate potential Department of Defense (DoD) support of FEMAs should they be needed and requested by states. As of this morning, more than response operations and to facilitate DOD support of life-saving and response 305,000 liters of water and more than 185,000 meals in staging at Incident operations. Support Bases in Westover, MA and Lakehurst, NJ, have been transferred to states to supplement their existing inventory. The Incident Support Bases National Guard continue to be restocked in anticipation of additional requests for assistance from • Currently has more than 11,800 National Guard forces on duty supporting affected states. the governors of New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Rhode Island, New• An additional Incident Support Base, dedicated to temporary emergency power, Hampshire and Maryland. has been identified at Lakehurst Naval Air Station and will serve as a staging area for generators from FEMA, the Department of Defense, General Services • These forces are providing assistance to local first responders and FEMA Administration (GSA) and other agencies throughout the country. At the request with critical tasks such and assistance at evacuation shelters, route of the state, FEMA has established staging areas in Martinsburg and Charleston, clearance, search and rescue and delivery of essential equipment and West Virginia, to support state response operations. The staging area allows supplies. FEMA and federal partners to proactively stage commodities closer to areas affected by the severe weather, allowing supplies to be quickly moved The U.S. Coast Guard has teams along impacted areas to conduct search and throughout the affected state, should they be needed and requested. rescue missions, respond to and mitigate threats to public health and the environment, and assess and advise status of ports along the East Coast.LIFE SAVING OPERATIONS• The Department of Defense (DoD) continues to coordinate with FEMA, U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau on providing lifesaving and USACE life sustaining assets to FEMA and governors, as requested, and is available for • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has more than 400 people disaster response to support recovery efforts. engaged to support the response mission.• The U.S. Navy is deploying three helicopter carrier ships to the coast off New • The USACE received an un-watering mission assignment from FEMA to York and New Jersey to help rescue operations. The USS Wasp, USS Carter Hall, assist with response efforts in areas that are flooded. and USS Mesa Verde had been ordered to head to the area to provide landing platforms for Coast Guard, National Guard and civilian agency helicopters if • The U.S. Army Corps has deployed the 249th engineer battalion and other needed. temporary emergency power assets to provide support to areas impacted by the storm.SOURCES:FEMA Release Number: PR-12-128
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE• More than 500 HHS personnel are deployed to provide public health and medical assistance to states impacted by Hurricane Sandy.• Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and caches of medical supplies will begin providing care in medical shelters in the New York City area. These teams of medical professionals come from Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Washington State, California, Texas, Connecticut and Florida. A 50-person Disaster Medical Assistance Team from Tennessee continues to provide medical care in general population shelters in New Jersey. Additional teams are available if needed.• Caches of medical equipment and supplies are poised to deploy to affected states if needed.• Five liaisons and two pharmacists remain deployed to New York to support 350 ambulances made available through the FEMA national ambulance contract.• An Incident Response Coordination Team is providing command-and-control to all HHS teams requested in affected states.• ASPR Regional Emergency Coordinators and liaisons from the Administration for Children and Families remain deployed to the Regional Response Coordination Centers in Regions 1, 2, and 3. Regional Emergency Coordinators also are serving as public health and medical services liaisons for FEMA incident management assistance teams in Regions 1 and 3. AS OF 31 OCT 2012• Applied public health teams from the U.S. Public Health Service are prepared to support state health agencies if requested by impacted states.• The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services remains prepared to provide waivers under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act if needed by affected states so healthcare providers can continue to provide services to beneficiaries of Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program during the severe storms and floods affecting the state. Providers and States should contact their CMS Regional Office for information or refer to the CMS website at www.cms.gov.• The Administration for Children and Families is working with ACF-supported human services programs in affected states to assist wherever possible. HHS - Public Health Emergency
FEMA REGION STATUSFEMA REGION I FEMA REGION IIFEMA REGION III FEMA REGION IV FEMA DAILY BRIEFING 1 NOV 2012
FEMA REGION STATUS & RESPONSE FEMA REGION V FEMA HEADQUARTERS RESPONSE • NWC at Watch/Steady State • NRCC activated to Level I (24/7) with all ESFs and all LNOs ▲ 2,391 FEMA Personnel deployed in support of Sandy ▲ All 42 FEMA Corps Teams deploying to NY/NJ; reporting NLT Nov 2 • National IMATs • IMAT-Blue deployed to NYC (Region II) • IMAT-Red deployed to New Jersey (Region II)President ▲ IMAT-White deploying to New Jersey (Region II)Barak • FEMA HQ IMAT deploying to NYC OEMObama • Urban Search & Rescue:speaks to • Red & White Incident Support Teams (Herndon,FEMA asHurricane VA)Sandy hits • Federal Search & Rescue Coordination Groupthe U.S. (Herndon, VA)East Coast29 Oct. 12.FEMA FEMA DAILY BRIEFING 1 NOV 2012
AMERICAN RED CROSS BULK DISTRIBUTION:• On the ground, the Red Cross has more than 2,300 Red Cross disaster • Supplies available for those affected by Superstorm Sandy’s wind and flooding in workers from all over the country who have served more than 100,800 the region are being given to residents. Teams of Red Cross volunteers are meals and snacks. The Red Cross has activated nearly 200 emergency delivering goods via Emergency Response Vehicles in the following counties: response vehicles that are beginning to circulate through some Columbia, Dutchess, Greene and Ulster. communities distributing meals, water and snacks. • The items available to help people begin the recovery and cleaning process at• While access into many areas is still difficult, the Red Cross is working hard their homes and contend with loss of power in Red Cross Clean up kits include: to get help to where it is needed. As roads and airports re-open and • Water people are able to travel again, more Red Cross disaster workers, vehicles • Food and relief supplies will be arriving. • Home Clean-up Kits • Coolers• American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region – Superstorm Sandy • Flashlights with batteries Disaster Relief Operation Stats: • Gloves • ShovelsMASS CARE – FEEDING AND SHELTERING: • Rakes• As 31 OCT - ARCNENY has served more than 422 meals and 126 snacks to • Tarps people throughout our 17-county region. • Cases masks • Cases trash bags• All Red Cross and partner shelters within the Northeastern New York Region – have been closed. Beacon High School Shelter in Dutchess COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Many individuals and community partners have stepped up County closed at 9 a.m on 31 OCT . Overall, 54 people in 12 Red Cross- with donations to support this disaster relief effort. We have seen many groups managed shelters. collect money on our behalf, received several in-kind donations of bulk goods for the mass care feeding effort, have gotten some major gifts from corporations around theRED CROSS STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS: To date, we have had 325 Red Cross region and will have some media events, such as pin-up campaigns, telethons andworkers assisting with this relief effort via ARCNENY – people from NY and all fundraising drives.over the country are active. Volunteers have flown in from states such asCalifornia, Georgia and Wisconsin. The National Guard and Civil Air Patrol arealso assisting with our effort. Our operational headquarters and warehouseare teeming with activity to coordinate our efforts. STATES, TRIBES, LOCALITIES AND THE RED CROSS CONTINUE TO OPERATE EMERGENCY SHELTERS ALONG THE EAST COAST.DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH: The Red Cross has trained health services To find a shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit theworkers in multiple locations providing both health and mental health Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS begin_of_the_skype_highlightingservices. FREE 1-800-RED CROSS end_of_the_skype_highlighting (1-800-733-2767 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 1-800-733-2767DISASTER ASSESSMENT – Teams of volunteers have been going out to end_of_the_skype_highlighting), or check local media outletaffected areas to assess and report on damage and needs ofcommunities/homes affected. SOURCES: FEMA Release Number: PR-12-128 American Red Cross Ongoing Relief Effort for Sandy Update
NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS • As of 8:00 a.m. EDT, October 31, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reports three nuclear power units in the Northeastern United States continue to be shut down and one unit remains reduced as a result of impacts from Hurricane Sandy. • On October 30, the NRC confirmed that at the sites of three reactors that shut down during the storm (Indian Point 3 and Nine Mile Point 1 in New York, and Salem 1 in New Jersey) and at Exelon’s Oyster Creek nuclear station, all safety systems had responded fully as designed.DOE SITREP 31 OCT 2012
ELECTRICAL OUTAGES BY STATE DOE SITREP 31 OCT 2012
CONNECTICUT CT Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection Twitter / Facebook POWER• Governor Dannel P. Malloy declared a State of Emergency in preparation for the • The United Illuminating Company (UI) reported yesterday (October 30) that it storm. has mobilized its work force to begin assessing damage to its infrastructure in• The President of the United States has declared a Pre-Landfall Emergency the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Declaration for Connecticut. and a Major Federal Disaster after the storm.• The State EOC is at full activation. • Connecticut Light and Power reported Monday (October 29) that more than 1,000 line workers arrived and are working from as far away as the Pacific IMPACT Northwest, Texas and Washington. • DEATH TOLL: 3 • 31 OCT - The company is working on detailed damage assessment on the ground & in helicopters to efficiently deploy resources for full restoration. • BOIL WATER ADVISORIES: The Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that 82 small public drinking water systems in the state are under a boil water advisory. http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/communications/cerc/sandy_boilwater.pdf. • POWER OUTAGES: 25% of the state is without power. 378,000, down from a peak of more than 620,000. • FLOODING: Widespread damage to homes on Long Island Sound from surge. • WIND DAMAGE: Down Trees, power lines, damages to homes and property SHELTERSMany shelters are open in local towns, especially in those with evacuations. 2-1-1 has a list of all shelters that are openedhttp://www.211ct.org/Disaster/hurricane_tornado.aspShelters housed over 3600 people across the state.
DELAWARE Delaware Emergency Management Agency TRANSIT SITUATION Twitter | FacebookGovernor Jack Markell declared a State of Emergency on •Governor MarkellOctober 27 at 1700 for New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties removed the Level 1and ordered a mandatory evacuation of specified low-lying and driving warningscoastal areas. Governor lifted state of emergency.. across the state as of 1700 Tuesday IMPACT • DEATH TOLL: No deaths reported •DART will resume weekday service for • BOIL WATER ADVISORIES: If home or business water fixed routes on supply is provided by a private well and the well was covered Wednesday, except by flood waters, it is recommended to consume bottled water for these routes or boil water for drinking, cooking and washing. •Paratransit will be • FLOODING: Some southern coastal areas remain performing medical underwater, but officials say the damage is far less than transports anticipated. shelters closed. •For Amtrak service • POWER OUTAGES: 1,700, down from more than 45,000. updates •For a list of road closures Photo courtesy The New York Times
MARYLAND Maryland Emergency Management Agency TRANSIT SITUATION Twitter | FacebookGovernor Martin O’Malley declared a State of Emergency on the morning of 26 October dueto the anticipation of severe weather impacting Maryland as a result of Hurricane Sandy. IMPACT • DEATH TOLL: 3 • BOIL WATER: Boil water advisories are in effect for Counties on the Delmarva peninsula. • FLOODING: Low-lying areas of eastern Maryland are still flooded. Havre de grace and Crisfeld experienced flooding • No closures of hospitals. POWER For up to the minute information road closures, dial 511 in• FirstEnergy is working to secure further outside resources to assist with the restoration process, and additional personnel are heading to the hardest hit Maryland or go to md511.org areas.• Pepco, serving Washington, DC and Maryland, stated that they expect to have all of their customers restored by late tonight (October 31) that the crews working to restore power to affected customers may be switching power lines off to fix local problems. SHELTERS.• Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) state today (October 31) that to assess damage and is focusing on the “backbone” of their distribution system - including For shelter info, go here. transmission and sub-transmission feeders, substations and distribution feeders.• Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) reported yesterday (October 30) that all remaining outages are results of downed power lines due to fallen trees and limbs; all transmission lines, substations, and feeders are now operational.
MASSACHUSETTES Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency TRANSIT SITUATION Twitter / Facebook • As of 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2012, most MBTA service has Boston Office of Emergency Management resumed with residual storm related delays. Customers are Twitter / Facebook encouraged to leave additional time for their commute and expectSaturday, October 27th, Governor Patrick signed a State of Emergency Declaration delays due to storm impacts.for the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This will allow the Commonwealth to • Customers are encouraged to check MBTA.com and T-Alerts foruse all of our resources, and deploy them in a swift and effective manner. The updated service information.Massachusetts National Guard has been activated. • All other Subway lines will resume regularly scheduled service with residual delays. IMPACT • All regularly scheduled boat service has resumed with some residual• DEATH TOLL: delays.• BOIL WATER ADVISORIES: none • Massachusetts Airport List, consult airport website to check flight• POWER OUTAGES: 11,649 affected customers status 4,201 active outages • Flight Status for Logan International Airport Massachusetts Power Outage Map • Amtrak, Greyhound and Megabus have suspended and canceled (https://www1.nationalgridus.com/PowerOutageMap-MA-RES) several services scheduled between Sunday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th • Current Road Updates • Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority SHELTERS • Just over a hundred people sought shelter in the state; • 1 American Red Cross Shelter in WorcesterShelter List for People on Massachusetts South Coast For shelter locations see Google Map
NEW HAMPSHIRE NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management TRANSIT SITUATION Twitter / Ready NHGovernor John Lynch implemented the State Emergency Operations Plan 10 EST on Road Closures26 October 2012 in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. The State Incident and PlanningOperations Center (IPOC) was fully activated on October 28th and will remain openaround the clock throughout the storm and during response efforts until further notice. • 4 state roads and 95 local IMPACT roads are closed.• DEATH TOLL – 1 death • The most• POWER OUTAGES -- Utility outages total approximately 40,000 as of 5 p.m. common cause down from more than 210,000 at the peak. Most power restoration work is of road closures expected to be completed by Friday. is trees or wires• CLOSINGS – Approximately 25 schools, daycare centers or other institutions down. Fallen trees and wires closed Auburn Road in remain closed. Londonderry on Tuesday. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER• FLOODING – No significant river flooding is expected. Parts of NH saw 3 – 4 “ of rain, while Randolph experienced the most rain at 6” due to Sandy.• WIND DAMAGE – High winds caused damage to some structures and brought down several trees and large branches. SHELTERS POWER There were two shelters open Tuesday night: New Hampshire Electric Coop (NHEC) announced these mornings (October 31), there are 100 crews in the field and working in locations across the state. Storm damage is widespread, but NHEC is focusing its • Auburn Safety Complex (0) resources in three areas: southeastern New Hampshire, southwestern • Nashua High School South New Hampshire and the Lakes Region. A detailed restoration schedule (4 occupants) will be available this afternoon after operations supervisors have reported in from the field. Only the Auburn Safety Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) reported 31 OCT , that they Complex remains open. Other anticipate arrival of 75 two-man crews from Hydro Québec, along with shelters have closed or gone assistance from crews from Texas, Oklahoma, and New Brunswick to to standby status. They could assist with the completion of restoration. be quickly reactivated if needed. For shelter locations see Google Map
NEW JERSEY New Jersey Office of Emergency Management TRANSIT SITUATION Twitter Facebook • All bus, rail, light rail and Access Link remain suspended untilGovernor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency at 1130 on further notice – no estimate for service restoration; For currentOctober 27th due to the anticipation of severe weather impacting New transit updatesJersey as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The President of the US • Governor Christie announced that system-wide cross-honoring ofapproved a Major Disaster Declaration for the state on October 30th, all rail, bus and light rail tickets will be extended through Fridaymaking all counties eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard evening, ending at11:59 p.m.Mitigation Grant Program. • The Garden State Parkway was reopened in both directions Tuesday morning; sections of the NJ Turnpike still remain closed but speed IMPACT restrictions and the trailer ban have been lifted for the entire length both directions; the Atlantic City Expressway is closed east of the• DEATH TOLL: 14 Pleasantville Tolls; for current road updates • The Port Authority reopened the Outerbridge Crossing, George• BOIL WATER ADVISORIES: have been issued for Independence Washington, Goethals and Bayonne Bridges Tuesday afternoon MUA – Highland System, Atlantic City MUA and the Newbrunswick • The Port of New York and New Jersey is closed to all incoming and Water Department. outgoing vessels until further notice • Newark International Airport and Atlantic City International Airport• POWER OUTAGES: 2,024,778 have been re-opened for all flight operations • County by county summary here • Google Crisis Map detailing NJ Power Outages SHELTERS• CLOSED ROADS: 33 active road closures throughout the state 127 Shelters open• CLOSED BUSINESSES : All State Offices will remain closed for throughout all 21 NJ Wednesday October 31st; all notifications are currently being made counties and coordinated by the NJ Office of Emergency Management• Gov. Christie encourages residents to be aware of food safety issues For shelter locations in New Jersey, see Google Map
NEW YORK • Central Hudson estimates that 90 percent of the 103,000 customers affected will NY Division Homeland Security & Emergency Services have power restored by 11:00 PM Friday. Some restoration activities will continue Twitter / Facebook to take place over the weekend. The utility reported the storm caused damage toGov. Cuomo Friday afternoon, 10/26 declared a state of emergency for all 62 counties in one substation and five transmission lines, and seven major distribution circuitsadvance of Hurricane Sandy in anticipation of severe weather impacting New York. were out of service. The utility must address more than 900 distinct damage locations. IMPACT • New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) reported today (October 31) that it is moving additional crews and support personnel, as well as contract line and tree• DEATH TOLL: 30, 22 in New York City crews, into the downstate areas and the Catskill Region that were particularly hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. PSEG anticipates that its power restoration effort in• BOIL WATER ADVISORIES in Yonkers, NY, Rockland County, Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties and the Catskill Region will be• POWER OUTAGES currently at 2,050,232 lengthy. POWER • Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) reports crews are repairing the “backbone” of the electric system, which includes the high-voltage power lines and the substations that distribute power to local communities. Blocked roadways and • Con Edison reported today (October 31) that customers in Manhattan and flood waters have added Brooklyn served by underground electric equipment should have power back within three days. The restoration of those customers in other areas served by overhead power lines will take at least a week. Con Ed stated that across its TRANSIT SITUATION service area the storm knocked down more than 100,000 primary electrical wires • NORMAL: MTA Busses are running as close to normal weekday schedule as in overhead areas. This morning the company reported that problems on high possible voltage systems supplying power to southern Brooklyn and central portions of • OPEN: NYS Bridge Authority Bridges Staten Island required the company to cut electrical power. Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath triggered the problems spanning two boroughs. These areas include • CLOSED: New York State Canal System is Closed to Navigation approximately 160,000 customers. • CLOSED: RFK Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Verrazano- Narrows Bridge, Henry Hudson Bridge, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial • Neighborhoods affected include Gerritsen Beach, Marine Park, Midwood, East Bridge, Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, George Washington Bridge, Flatbush and Flatbush in Brooklyn, and Tottenville, Annadale, Eltingville, Great Bayonne Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing. Kills, Dongan Hills, and Westerleigh on Staten Island. The company also has • CLOSED: Holland and Hugh Carey (formerly the Brooklyn Battery) Tunnels reduced voltage by 8 percent to customers in the Ocean Parkway, Flatbush, Bay • SUSPENDED: All MTA Subway and Commuter Railroad Service Ridge, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Borough Park, Dyker Heights, and • Updates here or here. Bensonhurst areas. Company crews are working now to repair the problem. Customers in areas serviced by overhead lines may take over a week for restoration to be complete. The company cut service to two areas of Lower SHELTERS Manhattan and to an area of Brooklyn. Con Ed stated that this was done to protect the underground delivery system equipment from flood waters so that the restoration would happen quicker. The electrical equipment which is in flooded area must have all of its components cleaned of sea water, dried, and then tested. difficulty to the restoration For shelter locations see Google Map
NEW YORK CITY NYC Office of Emergency Management TRANSIT SITUATION Twitter / Facebook New York City bridges re-opened Tuesday afternoon, while the Brooklyn-BatteryPresident Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in New York, City at 11:15 am on 10/30 Tunnel and Queens-Midtown Tunnel remained closed after severe flooding.and Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called it a “once in a lifetime storm.” Restoring the tunnels will present one of the most serious challenges to the city; once pumped out, they will need to be cleaned of sludge and debris. IMPACT According to Governor Cuomo, the PATH tubes between New Jersey and New York have been entirely filled with seawater• DEATH TOLL: of at least 22 in the city, updates here.• 23 serious fires to parts of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, as well AIRPORTS as City Island and the Bronx. 80 homes lost in Breezy point fire. LaGuardia airport remains closed, and the Port Authority has given no official• 750,000 without power, Con Edison has reported widespread power estimate for re-opening. outages across the five boroughs. JFK and Newark airports began to receive some flights on Wednesday. Flooding on• FLOODING expected to be fully receded by 3pm 10/30 Long Island has suspended most service on the LIRR, but the Ronkonkoma and Port• All NYC Schools and Colleges are closed 10/31 Washington branches will partially resume service on Thursday morning. Service on• Drinking water is safe. the lower Harlem Line of Metro-North was partially restored Wednesday, but the• EVACACUATIONS: railroads other lines remain suspended. View latest service information. » • New York University Langone Medical Center SUBWAYS AND BUSES • Horizon Care Center and Seaview Manor assisted living Subway service resumes for much of the system Thursday, but service below 34th facilities. street will remain suspended. All seven of the tunnels under the East River were • Bellevue Hospital flooded in the storm, but the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that three of these would be clear by Thursday. Mayor Bloomberg said that subway service between Brooklyn and Manhattan would be suspended at least until the weekend. Buses began running regular routes on Wednesday. View the latest subway and bus service information here. » Burned out homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough, NY after a fire on 30 Oct. 12. SHELTERS The tiny beachfront neighborhood was told to evacuate before Sandy hit. It burned down as it was inundated by floodwaters. AP Photo Mike Groll For shelter locations see Google Map
PENNSYLVANIA Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency TRANSIT SITUATION Twitter | Facebook • Approximately 400 secondary roads and bridge closures, PennDOT isThe U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of evaluating and working on them now.Pennsylvania to supplement commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency • Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of stateconditions resulting from Hurricane Sandy beginning on October 26, 2012, and continuing. roads by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.511PA.com which is free and available 24 hours a day. IMPACT • Service is slowly returning to transit lines, riders should contact SEPTA, LANTA, PATCO and Amtrak directly for the latest update.• DEATH TOIL: 12 • Many airlines have restricted schedules• BOIL WATER ADVISORIES: Boil Water Advisory issued for: Mink Estates, Far View • More traffic information available at 511PA Farms, and Buss Acres in Upper Milford Township• POWER OUTAGES: Currently 858,948 (Down 105,282 since 10:00 p.m.) Pennsylvanians are without power. Utility companies from other states have SHELTERS already sent additional workers to Pennsylvania to help restore power where 12 shelters available in Pennslyvania needed. West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, pA• FLOODING: the National Weather Service in State College has issued a flood Roxborough High School, 6498 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA watch for part of southeastern Pennsylvania, including Cumberland, Dauphin, Samuel Fels High School, 5500 Langdon Street, Philadelphia, PA Lebanon, Perry and York counties. link Pottstown High School, 750 North Washington Street, Pottstown, PA• WIND DAMAGE High wind and heavy caused partial collapse of a barn roof in Cheltenham High School, 500 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote, PA Vintage, in Paradise Township, Lancaster County Norristown High School, 1900 Eagle Drive, Norristown, PA Avon Grove High School, 257 East State Road, West Grove, PA POWER Lionville Middle School, 550 West Uwchlan Avenue, Exton, PA PECO has more than 3,000 employees and contractors, including 2,000 field Showalter School, 1100 West 10th Street, Chester, PA personnel, working to repair the damage and restore service to customers. Folcroft Fire House, 1647 Delmar Drive, Folcroft, Pa. PECO expects work could take up to a week to complete. Upper Darby High School, 4611 Bond Ave. Drexel Hill, PA Council Rock High School North, 62 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA First Energy, which includes PennPower, WestPenn Power, Met-Ed and Palisades High School, 39 Thomas Free Drive, Kintnersville, PA Penelec, reports the possibility for lengthy outages. Initial restoration Pennsbury East High School, 705 Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills, PA estimates available for some counties in Pennsylvania include: in Hanover and York (Met-Ed) the majority expected to be restored by midnight, 31 OCT and remaining customers restored by evening of November 2; in Boyertown, Reading, Hamburg, Easton and Stroudsburg (Met-Ed) the majority of For shelter locations customers should be restored by November 5 with the remaining customers see Google Map restored by November 7. In Lebanon (Met-Ed), the majority of customers will be restored by Thursday (November 1) in the evening, with the remaining customers restored by midnight Saturday, In Erie, Oil City, Johnstown, Clearfield and Lewistown (Penelec), the majority of customers should be restored by midnight tonight. In Altoona, Mansfield and Towanda (Penelec), the majority of customers should be restored by midnight November 1.
RHODE ISLAND RI Emergency Management Agency TRANSIT SITUATION Twitter / Facebook • Flight Status for Providence AirportRhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared a state of emergency Sunday inanticipation of Hurricane Sandy. • For update road closure information IMPACT • For map of traffic signals outage • DEATH TOLL: 0 • As of 31 OCT , the storm has • BOIL WATER ADVISORIES: Rhode Island Department of Health said that even if no affected the following transportation notice has been issued, consumers should never assume that water in a flood- resources: RIPTA, MBTA, Amtrak, affected area is safe to drink T.F. Green and Ferry service to • POWER OUTAGES: 48,000, down from more than 122,000 Block Island. More details here Rhode Island Power Outage Map - https://www1.nationalgridus.com/PowerOutageMap-RI-RES • FLOODING: Coastal flooding and high surf from Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage along RI coast. SHELTERS • Residents were not be able to return to their homes for another day in some • 10 Emergency Shelters opened coastal communities amid power outages and impassable roads. Some schools around Rhode Island reopened while others remained close. For shelter locations see Google Map
VIRGINIA Virginia Department of Emergency Management Twitter | Facebook • Appalachian Power (AEP), which services Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, reports that it is dealing with significant transmission damage which is typically assessed byGovernor Bob McDonnell declared a State of Emergency at 0950 hours on 26 October due to helicopter. However, crews have to assess damage by 4-wheel-drive and ATV vehicles,the anticipation of severe weather impacting the Commonwealth as a result of Hurricane and foot patrol in the most remote, mountainous regions of our territory until it is safeSandy to include a limited mandatory evacuation for low lying areas along the Virginia coast to fly a helicopter.and Chesapeake Bay. Federal and State Government Offices are closed Monday, 29 October. • Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) expects to have most outages restored by the end of the day tomorrow (November 1). Some members may still be without power IMPACT longer, as access to downed lines is proving difficult in certain off-road and mountainous areas. Remaining outages are concentrated in the counties of Greene, Rappahannock, • DEATH TOIL: OCME has confirmed 2 storm related fatalities in the City of Fauquier and Madison. Damage in these areas is significant and repairs are complicated Richmond due to a single vehicle accident. and time-consuming. Numerous poles and cross-arms have been broken and need to be replaced in remote locations that are difficult to access even with heavy-duty, four- • BOIL WATER ADVISORIES: 2 Boil Water Notice’s are in effect for areas of wheel drive line trucks. Culpeper and Fauquier counties (affecting 520 people). • POWER OUTAGES: Approximately 44,000 (down from 93,000) customers are currently without power across the State as of 0400 hours 31 October. TRANSIT SITUATION • Current road condition information: www.511Virginia.org . Call 511 or the Hampton Dominion VA Power: 22,677 (22,591 in Northern VA) Roads Traffic Line at 757-361-3016 Appalachian Power: 10,820 Electric Co-operatives: 10,403 • Highway Helpline at 1-800-367-ROAD ( 1-800-367-7623) or 1680 AM Highway Advisory Radio (in Hampton Roads) • SHELTERS: 4 Shelters are open with 24 people • The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is at Level 4 wind restriction. Sustained winds are POWER currently at 60 MPH. Only cars, trucks, pick-up trucks, and SUVs with no cargo are allowed. • Dominion Power has restored power the majority of its customer outages. In Northern Virginia, where the storms impact was greatest, restoration is expected to be • Reagan National and Dulles International are operating with limited service. completed Thursday night (November 1) in all but a very few locations where flooding or severe damage occurred. • MetroRail and Metrobus remain on a limited Sunday schedule. • Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) anticipates having most customers’ • HOV restrictions for Northern Virginia are back in place effective today. service restored by tomorrow night (November 2). • Roads Impacted as of 0300 hours, 31 OCT 2012 = 246 • Shenandoah Electric Cooperative (SVEC) reports that, as of 10:30 AM today (October • Interstates – 3 31), the majority of customers will have power restored by the end of the day; however, • Primary – 17 (10 of which are due to snow/ice in Bristol District) scattered outages may remain due to more difficult to address repairs. . • Secondary – 236 (3 of which are due to snow/ice in Salem District) VA SITREP 31 OCT 2012
WEST VIRGINIA WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management TRANSIT SITUATION Twitter / Facebook Current Major Road Closures:Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a State of Emergency on 29 October due to the • WV 85 IS CLOSED AT JARRELLS BRANCH DUE TO A TREE IN THE ROADanticipation of severe weather impacting the State as a result of Hurricane Sandy and in in BOONE County.coupled with a nor-eastern storm packing high winds and heavy rain and threateningto bring flooding and dump as much as 3 feet of snow on the states highest ridge tops. • US 50 in PRESTON County in Cheat Mt area due to several trees in road. US- 250 in RANDOLPH and POCAHONTA counties due to trees in the road and IMPACT snow conditions. US-219 in TUCKER county due to down trees. US-219 SOUTH OF PARSONS to RANDOLPH CO LINE due to down trees.• DEATH TOLL: 6 people have died as a result of Sandy and its • WV-38 in TUCKER county due to down trees. WV-72 SOUTH AND WV-72 aftermath, including WV Legislation candidate for Barbour County NORTH IS CLOSED DUE TO FALLEN TREES John Rose Sr. (R)• POWER OUTAGES: 224,000, down from about .. More than 40 distribution substations, 90 circuit breakers and 47 transmission lines remained out of service Wednesday. Appalachian Power. / First Energy SHELTERS• SNOW FALL Much of the state is blanketed in a foot or more of snow. Clayton, WV has the highest total snow fall – 33” so far. Red Cross Shelter Locations• WARMING CENTERS: 5 Centers are open for people without Shelter information: power. Locations Google Map• FLOODING: As snow begins to melt this weekend, risk of flooding increases, especially if temperatures rise quickly. The Potomac River is expected to flood at Harpers Ferry• Some areas were buried under more than a foot of snow. Eight buildings in Nicholas County — an apartment complex, a grocery store, two convenience stores, a hardwood plant and three homes — collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, but no injuries were reported. Google Crisis Map
PREVENT ILLNESS AFTER A DISASTERPROTECT YOURSELF FROM ANIMAL - AND INSECT-RELATED KEEP FOOD AND WATER SAFEHAZARDS wild or stray animals and biting or stinging insects. Avoid Food may not be safe to eat during and after an emergency. Water may not be safe for cooking. Call local authorities to handle animals. Water may not be safe to drink, clean with, or bathe in after an emergency, such as a hurricane or flood. During and after a disaster, water can become contaminated with microorganisms (for Get rid of dead animals, according to local guidelines, as soon as you can. example, bacteria), sewage, agricultural or industrial waste, chemicals, and other substances that can cause illness or death. For more information, contact your local animal shelter or services, a veterinarian, or the humane society for advice on dealing with pets or stray or wild animals after an emergency. Listen to and follow public announcements. Local authorities will tell you if water is safe to drink or to use for cooking or bathing. Follow local instructions to use bottled water or to boil or disinfect For information on specific animal and insect issues, see protect yourself from animal- and water for cooking, cleaning, or bathing. insect-related hazards after a natural disaster. For more information, see keep food and water safe after a natural disaster or power outage. PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING PROTECT MENTAL HEALTH The days and weeks after an emergency are going to be rough. Some sleeplessness, anxiety, anger, Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you hyperactivity, mild depression, or lethargy are normal and may go away with time. If you feel any of breathe it. Never use generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, these symptoms acutely, seek counseling. Your state, local, tribal health departments will help you natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage, or camper—or even find local resources, including hospitals or health care providers that you may need. outside near an open window, door, or vent. Seek medical care if you are injured, feel sick, or have acute stress and anxiety. Dont heat your house with a gas oven. Keep as many elements of your normal routine incorporated into the disaster plans as possible, If you are too hot or too cold, or you need to prepare food, dont put yourself and your family at risk including activities to calm childrens fears. for co poisoning—look to friends, family, or a community shelter for help. Be aware that you may have fewer resources to attend to your day-to-day conflicts, so it is best to If your co detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911. resolve what you can ahead of time. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect co poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or Turn to family, friends, and important social or religious contacts to setup support networks to deal nauseated. with the potential stressors. For further guidance on avoiding co poisoning, see protect yourself from carbon monoxide CLEAN UP SAFELY AFTER FLOODS Let your child know that it is okay to feel upset when something bad or scary happens. Encourage your child to express feelings and thoughts, without making judgments. To prevent illness, disinfect and dry buildings and items in them. This will prevent growth of some bacteria, viruses, mold, and mildew that can cause illness. For additional resources, see disaster mental health resources. For more information, see flood water after a disaster or emergency. WASH YOUR HANDS Always wash your hands with soap and boiled or disinfected water before preparing or eating food, after toilet use, after participating in cleanup activities, and after handling articles contaminated by floodwater or sewage. Use warm water when available. Wash childrens hands frequently (always before meals). Disinfect water for washing by mixing 1/8 teaspoon of household bleach per 1 gallon of water). Let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, use a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of household bleach per 1 gallon of water. If water isnt available, use alcohol-based products made for washing hands. For more tips on washing your hands, see hand hygiene after a disaster.
PREVENT ILLNESS AFTER A DISASTER PREVENT ILLNESS FROM SEWAGE PREVENT OR TREAT WOUNDS Immediately clean out all open wounds and cuts with soap and clean water. Keep wounds covered with clean, dry bandages that are large enough to cover the wound and contain any pus orIf there is flooding along with a hurricane, the waters may contain fecal material from drainage.overflowing sewage systems and agricultural and industrial waste. Although skin contactwith floodwater does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, there is risk of disease from Change bandages as needed and when drainage can be seen through the bandage. Contact aeating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater. doctor to find out whether more treatment is needed (such as a tetanus shot).If there has been a backflow of sewage into your house, wear rubber boots and If a wound gets red, swells, or drains, seek immediate medical attention.waterproof gloves during cleanup. Remove and discard contaminated household materialsthat cannot be disinfected, such as wall coverings, cloth, rugs, and drywall. AVOID WILD OR STRAY ANIMALS If you are bitten by any animal, seek immediate medical attention. If you are bitten by a snake, tryIf you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to floodwater, keep them as clean to identify it, so that if it is poisonous, you can be given the correct anti-venom.as possible by washing them with soap and applying an antibiotic ointment to discourage Do not cut the wound or attempt to suck the venom out. (See also the CDC rabies website, rat-biteinfection. fever: frequently asked questions, and medical problems and treatment considerations for the red imported fire ant [PDF, 658 KB/8 pages].)Wash clothes contaminated with flood or sewage water in hot water and detergent andseparately from uncontaminated clothes and linens. CONTACT WITH HAZARDOUS MATERIAL If your skin or eyes may have come in contact with hazardous materials, such as acid from a carDo not allow children to play in floodwater areas and do not allow children to play with battery, wash thoroughly with decontaminated water and seek medical attention as needed.floodwater-contaminated toys that have not been disinfected. Disinfect toys by using asolution of one cup of bleach in five gallons of water. Some toys, such as stuffed animals TETANUS IMMUNIZATIONand baby toys, cannot be disinfected; they should be discarded. If you have wounds, you should be evaluated for a tetanus immunization, just as you would at any other time of injury. PREVENT TEMPERATURE-RELATED ILLNESS If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, have a doctorWhen standing or working in water that is cooler than 75 f (24°c): or health department determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individualWear rubber boots. records. For further guidance e, see emergency wound care after a natural disaster.Ensure that clothing and boots have adequate insulation. INFECTIOUS DISEASETake frequent breaks out of the water. Short bouts of diarrhea and upset stomach and colds or other breathing diseases sometimes occur in developed countries, such as the united states, after a natural disaster, particularly among large groups of people in a shelter. Basic hygiene measures like frequent hand washing or use of an alcoholChange into dry clothing when possible. hand gel, especially after using the restroom or changing diapers and before eating, can help prevent these diseases. Diseases like cholera or typhoid are rare in developed countries and do not typically occur after a natural disaster. For information on infectious disease, see infectious disease after a disaster. IMMUNIZATIONS For information on immunizations for evacuees, relief workers, emergency responders and travelers, see immunization after a natural disaster.
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