September 11, 2017 – Irma Cleanup Begins in Florida, Hurricane Harvey Recovery Continues
Thank you all for everything you are doing to aid response and recovery activities in Florida and Texas. Your work is noticed, appreciated, and commented on by emergency management and nonprofit groups alike.
Businesses and individuals in Florida today began assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, even as the weakening storm continued moving to the northwest. Non-profit and emergency management organizations throughout the remainder of the southeast readied their responses. Many of them have already opened shelters for evacuees from Florida.
Today we started receiving requests to support Hurricane Irma – including a request for warehouse space in southwest Florida and transportation from West Palm Beach to Key Largo. All needs are being posted on our map. Offers of donated logistics services may be made here: http://alanaid.org/how-to-help/offerinkind/
Today we heard from several organizations who have staged recovery supplies and awaiting road openings and confirmation of fuel status prior to moving trucks into affected areas. For road open / closed status, please refer to www.FL511.com as they have the most accurate and updated data on road conditions. A primary driver of the fuel status will be restoration of activity at ports. Port status is available here.
We have been asked to share information on contacting 211 for support in Florida. 2-1-1 across all affected areas is operational. If someone you know needs help, they can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There may be a wait, but calls will be answered. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1. You can also text “Irma” to 898-211, or visit www.211.org to find your local provider and more information.
View POWER RESTORATION INFORMATION and other important resources for businesses.
If you are seeking information on EMPLOYEES WHO ARE DISPLACED, two sources of public data for individuals to register are Red Cross Safe and Well and Facebook Safety Check
A continued 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.
GETTING BACK TO WORK: UPDATED FOR ALL SOUTHEASTERN STATES: Guidance for businesses needing access to their facilities in areas where access is being restricted due to damages from Hurricane Irma is now posted here. Be advised that Local Law Enforcement and Public Safety Forces may restrict access to areas due to safety concerns. Please ensure you have informed the respective state private sector contact that you are planning to/attempting to enter an area before doing so.
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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