September 21, 2017 – Maria Response, Irma, Harvey Recovery
Tonight I am sharing in whole the report from FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC). If you are not a member of the NBEOC but would like to join, please visit: https://www.fema.gov/nbeoc If you have questions about any of the below, please contact me.
Today we’ve received many inquiries regarding situational updates on impacts of Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The NBEOC Operations Dashboard continues to be updated with resources and we will continue to provide updates as fast as we can, including the daily coordination call tomorrow.
We are still verifying the severity of impacts as tropical force winds and rain have recently left the area. As discussed on today’s joint NBEOC/NICC private sector call, the situation is very dynamic requiring patience and perseverance in order to help disaster survivors.
The top priority of the federal government is to provide life-saving resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while aggressively working to restore operability of power, ports and airports to bring commodities and personnel into disaster affected areas.
FEMA and the Federal government are coordinating with both governments on the following Re-Entry Priorities to ensure life safety:
- Emplacing Airfield & Port Assessment Teams.
- Enabling Search and Rescue Teams.
- Healthcare and Medical Support.
- Mass Care and Sheltering.
- Commodity Distribution.
- Power Restoration.
It is a high operational risk to self-deploy to this area without coordination and understanding with those on the ground. Assessments of the airports and sea ports are not yet complete. Today, degraded accessibility into these areas challenged first responder missions into impacted areas. We will keep you apprised of changes to the situation.
We can provide updated information for relief and commercial planning that you may be considering. Humanitarian Relief requests for movement (by air or sea) will be processed through FEMA Air Operations at the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) and validated against prioritized requirements of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Federal Coordinating Officer.
All requests for movement should include the following:
- Listing of Humanitarian Relief Commodities.
- Reception arrangements coordinated for unloading, movement, storage, and/or distribution.
- Departing Airport Code and approx. departure time.
- Ground logistics arrangements in coordination with a local authority.
Again, assessments are ongoing as well as accountability of people across the impact area. Please continue sharing situational awareness information with the NBEOC, and each other, to help improve decision making and help survivors.
National Business Emergency Operations Center
FEMA National Response Coordination Center
Non-Profit Logistics Needs
Please let us know if you are able to assist with any of the needs on our logistics map.
We continue to receive requests to support transportation of planned or completed logistics collection drives hosted by businesses and community organizations. Please consider virtual collection drives / cash donations to a trusted non-profit. Virtual collection drives save time and money and allow nonprofits to focus on their core missions rather than sorting through donated items. Following the guidance of state and national Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, ALAN discourages all collection drives and will not support transportation for them. Please visit https://www.nvoad.org/current-disasters/werespond for additional guidance on how to donate and volunteer responsibly.
Continuity of Supply Chain Activities
We are compiling a list of resources for continuity of supply chain operations, based on questions we’ve received over the past month. If there are items you’d like to have included, please share them with us at Ops@ALANAid.org.
Thanks for all you continue to do to support those affected by hurricanes and other disasters.
Kathy and the Board, Volunteers, and Staff of ALAN
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