Hurricane Arthur – Advisory 2

ALAN Advisory 2
Hurricane Arthur
July 3, 2014

ADVISORY HIGHLIGHTS: Request for information, impacts to supply chain/business activities, North Carolina waivers and re-entry certifications

EVENT INFORMATION
REFER TO OFFICIAL SOURCES FOR THE LATEST STORM INFORMATION
As of 5 AM on 7/3/2014, Arthur was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane. Arthur is forecast to turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed today followed by a further increase in forward speed through Friday. The core of Arthur is expected to approach the North Carolina coast in the Hurricane Warning area tonight. Some additional strengthening is forecast in the next 24 hours. (source: FEMA NBEOC report 7/3/2014)

Arthur is expected to bring locally heavy rain, power outages, flash flooding, minor coastal flooding, gusty winds, and dangerous rip currents.  (source: Virginia DEM Tropical Cyclone Arthur spot report 3 0900 7/3/2014)

Hurricane, tropical storm, and storm surge watches and warnings as well as storm surge warnings are in effect for portions of the east coast including the Carolinas and Virginia. (source: NWS NHC Hurricane Arthur Public Advisory 11, 7/3/2014 11 AM EDT )

ALAN ACTIVITIES
ALAN is closely monitoring the track of this storm and is in communication with our emergency management and voluntary agency partners regarding their activities. Various state and regional emergency management agencies have increased readiness postures, and some areas have issued pre-landfall emergency declarations. ALAN is participating in conference calls to gather situational awareness and will share relevant data via this forum, on our website, and via social media.

LOGISTICS NEEDS / REQUESTS
At this time there are no unmet needs or requests for support. As needs are identified they will be posted in this section and on the donations management portal.  Offers of support may also be posted on the portal or forwarded to Kathy@ALANAid.org  for review and processing.  Offers should include product / service, quantity, location, and contact information.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
ALAN is a member of FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC). As part of the response planning process, the NBEOC captures information on facility operating status and capabilities.  They are particularly interested in any anticipated or actual challenges your organization or facilities are facing as the storm moves up the coast, as well as your existing capabilities to provide goods and services to the area populations – both during evacuations and during response. This information is shared with the FEMA situational awareness team to help with planning efforts in support of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in the disaster area. Types of commodities of particular interest include: • water • meals  • blankets • cots • tarps • plastic sheeting • baby and infant food • new mother/infant/toddler kits • Durable Medical Equipment • Consumable Medical Supplies If you are able to provide these items or others not listed, and are not yet a member of a regional or national BEOC, please contact Kathy@ALANAid.org for registration information. Further information regarding the program can be viewed in the NBEOC Overview document.

KNOWN IMPACTS TO BUSINESS / SUPPLY CHAIN ACTIVITIES
At this time there are limited impacts to transportation infrastructure due to this event.

The governor of North Carolina has issued an executive order temporarily suspending motor vehicle regulations to ensure restoration of utility services and the transportation of emergency supplies.  http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/McCrory%20EO58.pdf FMCSA will post any additional items on their website: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency

North Carolina is registering and certifying businesses for re-entry following evacuations.  This process should expedite your ability to return to your facilities in any impacted area.  For more information contact Persia Payne-Hurley at (919) 825-2285 or Persia.Payne-Hurley@ncdps.gov.

Evacuation orders are in place for Hyde County (voluntary), and for Dare County (mandatory for Hatteras Island).  County declared State of Emergencies for Hyde, Dare, and Carteret counties.  Be aware that ferry service across the sound will shut down at 4 p.m. today.  Carolina State Beach will close at 5 p.m. (source: North Carolina Emergency Management Update 0800 July 3, 2014)

Port of Virginia remains open with no US Coast Guard storm conditions implemented; Port of Virginia container terminals implementing some conditions of their plans, but are not anticipating any closures; Seven ships in Lynnhaven anchorage relocated to Cape Charles anchorage (source: Virginia DEM Tropical Cyclone Arthur spot report 3 0900 7/3/2014)

Major retail providers have activated their emergency operations centers and are working with locations in the storm’s path to enact contingency plans. Insurance organizations have begun preparations to mobilize claims agents to impacted areas. Power organizations are preparing additional resources. Technology/data backup companies are working with their customers in storm path to enact their contingency plans. Communications providers have enhanced their readiness postures and are preparing to deploy resources as necessary. Ground transportation service providers in the affected areas are operating as normal with the exception of areas under mandatory evacuation. (source: FEMA BEOC conference call 7/3/2014)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Virginia Hurricane Evacuation Encouragement Demonstrator  – tool to determine best evacuation routes (source: Virginia Briefing Report 7/3/2014)

FEMA National BEOC Overview document or email FEMA-NRCC-NBEOC@FEMA.DHS.GOV

FEMA Region IV BEOC: To gain access: email your first and last name, company/business name, type of business, phone number, and the email address you intend to use for the portal to FEMA-R4-EXTERNAL-AFFAIRS@fema.dhs.gov with the Subject line: Requesting access to RIV PS Portal.

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