#Emergency Preparedness

Tropical Storm Sam Forms in the Atlantic

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) is monitoring the course of tropical storm Sam which formed today. Based on current forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, Sam will not be a threat to Texas or the Gulf Coast. Tropical Storm Sam is the 18thnamed storm...
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Handling Pets In A Hurricane, Even When You Can't Evacuate

Hurricanes are terrifying for people, but they can also be hard on our pets. When disasters strike, many pets are displaced, put in temporary boarding facilities, and some can even become separated from their owners. Waiting out a storm in an unfamiliar location can also make your pet feel uneasy. However, when hurricane season is upon you, all you can do as a pet owner is be as prepared as possible, keeping you and your pets safe during a natural disaster.
The Mountaineer

Fred highlights challenges in forecasting, importance of preparedness

On Sunday, Aug. 15, local and national agencies had their eyes on Haywood County. The team at the National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg knew that rains from Tropical Storm Fred would dump rain on Western North Carolina, so they put together short briefing pages to outline the risk for flash floods. The briefs went out to their local partners, including Haywood County Emergency Services.

Drainage clearing awaiting FEMA OK

Individual drainage boards responsible for 10% of cost. The “fly-overs” are complete, the plans formulated and now the clearing of bayous in Acadia Parish is awaiting FEMA approval. The Acadia Parish Police Jury has given preliminary approval for the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to move forward...

Planning urged for potential fall severe weather

Even though the weather now is far from frightful (and actually could be described as down-right delightful), the fall season has a way of becoming the former at a moment’s notice. That’s why the National Weather Service in Paducah and Emergency Management in Graves County are raising awareness about fall...
Jacksonville Journal Courier

Growing preparedness - having an emergency plan is vital for farmers

Right now, Doug Coop is working to finish harvesting the 750 acres of corn growing on Morgan County land he farms with his father, Ric Coop. Once the corn is safely dried and stored and his harvesting equipment cleaned and put away for the winter, Doug Coop will tackle another task — reviewing his emergency preparedness plan for the family farm.

QIN student named to FEMA Youth Preparedness Council

A Quinault Indian Nation student was named to the the regional FEMA Youth Preparedness Council. FEMA Region 10 office announced the 2021-2022 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) and it includes 8th grade student Jessica Eison, who has worked with the Quinault Indian Nation’s Emergency Management Department over the past few years “to organize emergency supplies, hand out information leaflets during the Great Shakeouts and other events, and in other areas”.

Senate approves measure to require confirmation of PEMA director

WILKES-BARRE — Sen. Lisa Baker Wednesday said in order to provide for the success and stability of our state’s emergency response agency, we should have the chance to judge the qualifications, capabilities and priorities of the director, long before that individual assumes office, just as we do for other state departments, many of which have a lesser impact on community safety.

Most Americans Unprepared for Future Natural Disasters

Whether it’s heat or blistering cold, tornados or derechos, earthquakes or wildfires, hurricanes or floods, natural disasters have affected 84% of Americans in the last three years, but the large majority of Americans are not prepared for future disasters, whatever they may bring. According to a new Wells Fargo &...

Montrose County Reports West Nile Virus Death

Montrose, COLO.— Montrose County Public Health is reporting the first case of death from West Nile virus in 2021. The deceased was a resident of Montrose County. West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. It is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Montrose County Public Health would like to encourage residents to remain vigilant with protection measures (despite the cooler temperatures) as mosquito season continues through fall.

LDH dodges responsibility, questions over Independence warehouse evacuation plans in legislative hearing

BATON ROUGE, La. — Representatives for the Louisiana Department of Health gave few answers to lawmakers at the first legislative hearing about the deadly Independence Warehouse evacuation of 843 nursing home residents. State senators and representatives on the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee meeting questioned a panel of attorneys representing LDH...

7 Day Challenge 2021 – Day 3: Natural Disaster

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! In order to receive each day’s emergency scenario in your email please sign up for the 7 Day Challenge email list.

7 Best Practices to Keep Your Schools Safe During Severe Weather

One of the most important components of severe weather response is being prepared before inclement weather strikes. This includes having a robust plan for quick, coordinated response. Your severe weather plan should be within the emergency operations plan (EOP) that outlines the courses of action your school community will take to prepare for, respond to, and recover from weather-related incidents.

New Orleans unveils $20M emergency sanitation plan amid trash crisis

In an effort to put an end to New Orleans’ trash crisis following Hurricane Ida, Mayor LaToya Cantrell has announced the city has hired four emergency waste haulers to increase pickups and trips to the landfill. As reported by The New Orleans Advocate, the $20 million plan includes more than...

Committee questions state over handling of nursing home evacuations

BATON ROUGE - New rules are being discussed for how emergency evacuations for nursing home facilities are handled. That's after a disastrous evacuation before Hurricane Ida that stranded more than 800 people in a warehouse ill-equipped to properly care for the residents. At least five have died from the experience.
Government Technology

Rationing Care at Hospitals a Result of COVID, Lack of Prep

As hospitals around the country continue to be the last line of defense against the COVID-19 delta variant, they do so with burned-out staff, a shortage of ICU beds (or staff to monitor them) and an antiquated communication system unable to handle a surge of patients from a pandemic. The...