September 9, 2017 – Hurricane Irma Slows, Hurricane Harvey Recovery
As of 11 PM on Saturday, 9/9/2017, Hurricane Irma’s winds have begun to reach portions of Florida. Please refer to the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service for current and local forecasts for storm surge, wind, rain, and tornados. Several business resilience and recovery information pieces to pass along tonight.
- GETTING BACK TO WORK: For businesses in Florida needing access to their facilities in areas where access is being restricted due to damages from Hurricane Irma, the following items are required:
- Valid government identification – drivers license, TWIC
- Employee identification
- A document expressing a demonstrated need to enter the area, such as a bill of lading, work order, or letter explaining the activities to be conducted
- The DHS Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (OCIA) has released an executive summary with projected IMPACTS TO TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS in West Florida from Hurricane Irma. Note that this analysis is based on the forecast from midday Saturday, 9/9/2017, and the storm continues to morph in both intensity and projected landfall.
OCIA assesses that Hurricane Irma will have a high local impact to all Transportation Systems assets in western Florida. Most transportation assets in the affected areas will shut down during the storm. Recovery efforts can take weeks to months in the most affected areas of western Florida, depending on the transportation mode, level of damage, and restoration priorities. This assessment covers the western portion of Florida from Bonita Springs to Tampa. Port facilities at the Port of Tampa and Port Manatee will experience low to medium physical damage due to storm surge and wind damage, with facilities also impacted by loss of power and communications and blockages of roadways and rail. Flights cancellations at affected commercial airports will continue due to high winds and power outages, with restoration of commercial operations once the storm has passed and damage assessments are completed. Interstates, state highways, and local roads will be blocked by storm surge and debris, hindering evacuations and emergency response. Freight and passenger rail in western Florida have temporarily suspended operations in preparation for Hurricane Irma.
- A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION from you as you are recovering from Hurricane Harvey or/and have prepared your response to Hurricane Irma.
- What questions do you have that would help you better prepare your business and employees to return to work after Harvey/Irma?
- What resources/websites are you using in deciding to open/close your business that you find particularly useful? Let us know.
- The State of Florida and FEMA both have Business Emergency Operations Centers to support the private sector with information. Register for the Florida BEOC at http://flvbeoc.org and the National BEOC at: https://www.fema.gov/nbeoc Another source of consolidated information is the NEMA/IAEM Unifed Information Portal which does not require registration. If your business is seeking information that you are unable to locate, please let us know and we will work to source it for you.
- We continue working to match all of the offers submitted. Please keep them coming, as the needs are great and will be for some time. http://alanaid.org/how-to-help/offerinkind/ New needs are being posted to our map http://alanaid.org/logistics-map/. Requests for Harvey are in a slight lull right now as recovery activities are underway. We are “cleaning up” the needs list this weekend and anticipate a significant amount of requests will arrive following Irma’s weekend landfall. Many of the offers we are receiving are for paid activities. ALAN does not purchase logistics services but is capturing these offers and referring them to organizations who may be able to utilize them.
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