September 15, 2017 – Irma and Harvey Recovery
Many of today’s conversations focused on logistics requests resulting from collection drives hosted by businesses and community organizations. Following the guidance of state and national Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, ALAN discourages these types of activities. Please visit https://www.nvoad.org/current-disasters/werespond/ for additional guidance on how to donate and volunteer responsibly.
We heard very positive reports from businesses on today’s business/emergency management integration calls with Florida and FEMA. Recovery of the services upon which businesses depend – power, communications, water, etc. are all trending positive; but the Florida Keys and Caribbean Islands remain primary areas of concern. 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. 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
As initial response activities wind down and we transition into recovery activities, we will assess how often this report is distributed. We will NOT issue the report over the weekend, but will provide a recap of the weekend’s events on Monday 9/18/2017. All needs will be posted on our logistics map, and any urgent/critical requests will be distributed appropriately. We are closely monitoring Hurricane Jose and will begin / continue issuing advisories as necessary.
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 Southwest Florida
Transportation Indianapolis – TX and FL
Warehouse Corpus Christi
Transportation Bloomingdale, IL – Houston, TX
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.
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