ALAN Advisory 3
July 3, 2014
ADVISORY HIGHLIGHTS: Arthur now Category 2 Hurricane, request for information, impacts to supply chain/business activities, North Carolina waivers and re-entry certifications
REFER TO OFFICIAL SOURCES FOR THE LATEST STORM INFORMATION
As of 9 PM EDT on 7/3/2014, Arthur was upgraded to a category 2 hurricane. It is expected to turn toward the northeast and increase in forward speed tonight and further increase in forward speed on Friday before weakening Friday evening and becoming a post-tropical cyclone on Saturday. The core of Arthur is expected to pass near or over the coast of North Carolina and the Outer Banks tonight. The center of Arthur is forecast to pass east of the Mid-Atlantic coast Friday and approach Nova Scotia Friday night. 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. Some watches have been discontinued, refer to official sources for updated information. (source: NWS NHC Hurricane Arthur Public Advisory 12B, 7/3/2014 9 PM EDT )
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. Should your business experience a disruption due to this event, ALAN may be able to assist you with connecting to resources to support your resumption / recovery. Contact Kathy@ALANAid.org for more information.
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.
As reported by the State of North Carolina, evacuation orders have been in place for Dare County (mandatory for Hatteras Island) and for Hyde County (voluntary). There are county-declared State of Emergencies for Hyde, Dare, and Carteret counties. The North Carolina DOT Ferry Division’s routes between Ocracoke-Swan Quarter, Ocracoke-Cedar Island, and Ocracoke-Hatteras have suspended operations as of 4 p.m. today. All routes will resume operations as soon as it is safe to do so. More information on the ferry closures can be found at: https://apps.ncdot.gov/NewsReleases/details.aspx?r=10053 . (source: FEMA NBEOC Evening Update 5:45 PM EDT 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)
Norfolk Southern Railway is suspending loading operations at Pier 6, part of the Lamberts Point Coal Terminal in Norfolk, Virginia, starting at 3 p.m. today. Operations will be closed for 24 hours, per spokesman Robin Chapman. CSX has moved railcars and locomotives out of the Wilmington, N.C., region, and some local operations have been temporarily suspended, according to a customer service advisory. The Port of Morehead City, N.C., was closed yesterday, and the breakbulk and bulk cargo port is closed to inbound and outbound ship traffic today. UPS this afternoon suspended pick-up and delivery in eight North Carolina zip codes on the East Coast: 27968, 27982, 27972, 27915, 27920, 27936, 27943 and 27960. UPS contingency planners are also considering redirecting freight, securing facilities, and moving trucks and aircraft as needed, company spokesman Susan Rosenberg said. FedEx said it has contingency plans ready to protect its team members and mitigate service issues caused by the storm. Storms often can slow pickups and deliveries, the parcel giant noted on its website. FedEx encourages shippers to contact their receiver of freight before the storm hits to ensure that the terminal or other locations will be able to take on the loads. (source: http://www.joc.com/rail-intermodal/class-i-railroads/railroads-trucking-companies-brace-hurricane_20140703.html, accessed 11:05 PM EDT 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)
FEMA has established an Incident Support Base (ISB) at Fort Bragg, NC. The ISB allows FEMA and other federal partners to pre-stage commodities closer to areas potentially affected by severe weather, allowing quick movement of needed supplies throughout nearby affected states. (FEMA Region IV Private Sector Update #6 | Tropical Storm Arthur, 6:37 PM EDT 7/3/2014)
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.