September 13, 2017 – Irma and Harvey Recovery
Word from Florida is in general trending positive. Shelter numbers are decreasing rapidly, power is coming back online, fuel is being delivered, and businesses are getting back to work.
We also recognize there are areas in the Florida, Texas, and the Caribbean with significant amounts of damage where recovery will be protracted. ALAN remains committed to supporting non-profit logistics needs now and for the months and years to come. We are grateful to you – the community of supply chain professionals who do the work – providing services, expertise, and equipment. Thank you!
Tonight report focuses on the support requests received today and resources for employees and businesses.
How to Help
Please continue to view requests for support posted on our needs map. Note that ALAN does not purchase logistics services for our response activities, so we ask that you please help us identify businesses who can donate / volunteer their activities. If you don’t see a current need that matches your capabilities, you may offer your assistance here: http://alanaid.org/how-to-help/offerinkind/
Refrigerated Transportation – Houston
Transportation of Medical Equipment – Houston
Transportation – VA to GA
OFFER PENDING: Piggyback trucks – Marathon Key
In most areas of Florida and Texas, United Way 211 acts as an information referral services. 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.Resources for Employees
Additionally, anyone who has been affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma should register for FEMA assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA or visiting https://www.disasterassistance.gov.
Access / Re-entry into affected locations
Businesses needing to reach their facilities in areas where access is being restricted due to damages from Hurricane Irma can find information here. For Florida, 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 being conducted.
NOTE: In locations where curfews are still in place, businesses may conduct activities to resume operations, but MAY NOT open for business during these restricted hours.
For road open / closed status, please refer to www.FL511.com as they have the most accurate and updated data on road conditions
Restoration of Commerce
We are pleased to hear that trucks are getting back on the road and businesses are starting to resume their activities. We ask that you help us understand any needs or questions that businesses may have as they recover from both Irma and Harvey. Please complete and share our brief information data gathering form.
Information for Businesses
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.
Donating to Support Relief Efforts
The voluntary organizations active in disaster have asked that we continue to remind our networks that cash donations to reputable non-profits are the best way to help disaster survivors. You can read their guidance here as well as our information on why cash donations make supply chain sense.
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ALAN is a 501(c)(3) organization which relies upon the generosity of individuals and businesses to conduct our operations. We never charge a fee for any of our disaster relief coordination activities or information referral services. Your donations are greatly appreciated, and may be made online.