September 14, 2017 – Irma and Harvey Recovery
Recovery from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma continues at an irregular pace. Estimates from some areas of the Florida Keys are that up to 50% of homes were damaged in some fashion. To support the rebuild and recovery activities, we are working alongside members of the non-profit community to help them find donated or volunteer logistics services. Today we received and served a number of those requests – including requests for warehouse space, transportation, supplies, and information.
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/
Warehouse Corpus Christi
Transportation Bloomingdale, IL – Houston, TX
Damages to your business – Florida only
Businesses in Florida which sustained damages (either physical or economic) can self report at http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda Note that this is not a loan/insurance registration, just a form to let Florida’s emergency management groups understand the extent of damages so that they can properly assist.
Access / Re-entry into affected locations
We are aware of access restrictions due to life safety and health concerns in the Florida Keys. If your business is in this area and needs assistance, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Businesses needing to reach their facilities in other 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
Resources for Employees
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. A description of potential resources available based on registration is here: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/09/14/sheltering-and-immediate-assistance-available-after-hurricane-irma
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.
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.
We greatly appreciate your support and continued sharing of our work. Please contact us with any questions.
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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.