Mayor Garcetti (Local), then Governor Brown (State), and now President Trump (National) have all officially declared the State of Emergency for the California Wildfires disaster. Assistance to help families up to the Federal level will be made available with these official declarations. Information about how to apply for disaster assistance and emergency resources is available on the FEMA Disaster Assistance Website.
The December 2017 California Firestorm has devastated communities across Southern California. Families had to evacuate their homes with a moments notice.
This is a good time to check your “Go Bag” in case you have to leave suddenly during an emergency or disaster. Be sure to have copies of the important documents that you will need during recovery.
Visit the CAL FIRE WEBSITE for more and updated information on the California fire incidents.
DOWNLOAD THIS FEMA PUBLICATION for more information on protecting your critical documents and valuables
United We Stand!
Music legends and artist performed as Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush came together for the “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” concert at Texas A&M University’s Reed Arena in College Station to raise money for relief efforts from the recent hurricane devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The concert has already raised over $31,000,000.00 to help the impacted communities. MORE
First, our sincere condolences and prayers go out to the families who have been impacted by the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1st, 2017.
This domestic terrorist attack by an Active Shooter is now the largest mass shooting incident in United States history. Unfortunately, this will not be the last time this kind of threat happens to communities across the US and around the world.
Do you know what to do if you find yourself confronted by an Active Shooter or in a Domestic Terrorist attack? Have you discussed this with your family and friends?
The US Department of Homeland Security advises to “Run – Fight – Hide” in Active Shooter events. If you can run and get to safety – do it. If you can’t run then hide until the event is over. If you are cornered and unable to run or hide, then fight for your life. Many may remember during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the people on United Flight 93 found themselves in this very predicament. They could not run because they were in the air on a plane, they could not hide because everyone was confined in the same cabin space. Then a group of passengers got together to fight, uttering the now famous words, “Let’s Roll” as they combined forces and overtook the terrorists. Although the plane crashed in a rural field in Pennsylvania claiming the lives of everyone on board, it is agreed by many that the passengers heroic efforts may have saved the lives of thousands by fighting the terrorists and causing the plane crash in a field instead of hitting a populated target.
This video from the FBI talks about what to do if you are threatened by an active shooter:
Please take a moment to discuss this with your family and friends and do the best you can to prepare for how you could respond if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.
WASHINGTON – In the wake of Hurricane Maria, life, personal safety, and access to safe shelters for disaster survivors remain a priority of local responders, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the entire federal family.
To aid in life sustaining missions, six FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) task forces are deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and are working in tandem with numerous federal partners to rescue and render aid to distressed survivors in the region. Additional FEMA US&R task forces are arriving today to expand operations, as areas become accessible. FEMA US&R task forces currently conducting operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands include Virginia Task Forces 1 and 2, Florida Task Forces 1 and 2, and California Task Forces 6 and 7. Components of New York Task Force 1 and Massachusetts Task Force 1 are on the ground providing logistics support.
Federal partners assisting with Search and Rescue (SAR) missions include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the U.S. Department of the Interior / National Park Service.
Collectively, these federal agencies have rescued 180 individuals and searched more than 45 structures in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- CNN Interactive Storm Tracker: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/storm-tracker/
- Google Map Updates: http://google.org/crisismap/2017-harvey
- Download NOAA Tropical Storm Preparedness Guide: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/hurricane/resources/TropicalCyclones11.pdf
From FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Friday, President Donald J. Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Texas, making federal funding available for emergency work and to affected individuals and businesses owners who sustain damage as a result of the storm.
Shelters are open across the affected and surrounding areas. Download the FEMA mobile app for shelter information, weather alerts, and safety tips. The app (available in English and Spanish) provides directions to open shelters, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
The federal coordination is fully-activated, geared up, and providing support to states, local communities, and tribes as needed. FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. and Regional Response Coordination Center in Denton, Texas, are operating 24-hours a day.
From BEMA (Black Emergency Managers Association)
In December 2016 NAACP HQ renewed disaster assistance memorandum of agreement (MOA) with FEMA. Additional assistance during time of response & recovery is available from your local NAACP chapter. For an updated MOA contact your local NAACP office.
Map of Activated Shelters
By: Marcy Kreiter Of International Business Times
Russian media outlets Tuesday lashed out at other countries for showing a lack of empathy for the St. Petersburg subway bombing. Unlike the aftermath of last month’s London terrorist attack, neither the Eiffel Tower in Paris nor the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin paid tribute to the victims.
Fourteen people were killed and 49 injured when an explosive device went off inside a train car between stops on St. Petersburg’s subway line. A second device was found at the Ploshchad Vosstania Metro station and disarmed by police.
A number of world leaders sent their condolences, and U.S. President Donald Trump calledRussian President Vladimir Putin to express his feelings and offer support.
RT noted no landmark was lit in Russia’s national colors although Tel Aviv City Hall did light itself in the colors of Russia’s flag. A spokesman for the Berlin Senate said the Brandenburg Gate wasn’t lit because St. Petersburg is not a partner city with Berlin, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported.
Sputnick Deutschland reported, however, the Berlin suburb of Mitte, where the Brandenburg Gate actually is situated, is twinned with the Petrogradsky District of St. Petersburg.
Russian security expert Mark Galeotti wrote in the Moscow Times Tuesday the lack of international sympathy plays into the Kremlin narrative that the rest of the world is “Russophobic” and “delights in seeing woes of every kind besetting Russia.”
To counter Moscow’s tale, “Europe should try and show Russia as much love as it can. Tough love, maybe, but love nonetheless. Mourn their losses, celebrate their cultural triumphs. Praise the Russians when they do something right (because sometimes they do, you know). Ban their dirty-money oligarchs and their paranoid-patriot lawmakers, but welcome their students, tourists, artists and entrepreneurs,” Galeotti suggested.
There have been other instances when the Brandenburg Gate did not mark a terrorist attack, including the 2016 Bastille Day attack in Nice France and the white nationalist attack on a Quebec mosque in January.
Compliments of OutBreak News Today
In early December 2016, the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Madagascar alerted WHO of a suspected plague outbreak in Befotaka district, Atsimo Atsinanana region in the south-eastern part of the country. The district is outside the area known to be endemic area in Madagascar. No plague cases have been reported in this area since 1950.
As of 27 December 2016, 62 cases (6 confirmed, 5 probable, 51 suspected) including 26 deaths (case fatality rate of 42%) have been reported in two adjacent districts in two neighboring regions of the country. 28 cases, including 10 deaths have been reported from Befotaka District in Atsimo-Atsinanana Region and 34 cases including 16 deaths have been reported from Iakora district in Ihorombe Region.
Of the 11 samples tested, 5 were positive for plague on rapid diagnostic test and 6 are now confirmed at Institut Pasteur laboratory. Of the total reported cases, 5 are classified as pneumonic plague cases and the remaining as bubonic plague.
Retrospective investigations carried out in those two districts showed that it is possible that the outbreak might have started in mid-August 2016. The investigation in neighboring villages is still ongoing. On 29 December, an investigation carried out within 25 km of the initial foci in Befotaka district has reported three deaths and is being investigated further for possible linkage to the outbreak.
The affected zone is located in a very remote and hard to reach and highly insecure area (classified as red zone due to local banditry). Despite arrangements made with the local authorities, insecurity slows down the investigations and response activities. In addition, a helicopter has been made available but its use has been limited due to bad weather and financial limitations.
A 15 member multidisciplinary team from MoH, Institute Pasteur including public health professional, epidemiologist, entomologist and laboratory professional visited the affected area for epidemiological investigation and response activities.
Key response activities already implemented include:
- Epidemiological investigations including active case finding and rapid diagnostic testing
- Training of community health workers on community-based surveillance and early detection of cases
- Clinical Management of suspected cases
- Identification, follow up and chemoprophylaxis of contacts
- Vector and reservoir control through the use of Kartman boxes
- Sensitization of the population
- Strengthening the community based surveillance
- Free treatment of other diagnosed disease such as malaria
- Strengthening early detection in neighbouring districts
- Laboratory confirmation
Based on the available information to date, the risk of international spread appears unlikely, especially as it is occurring in very remote area. However, the difficulty to reach the affected area hampered prompt investigation and therefore at this stage the real magnitude of the outbreak is still to be defined and the risk of further spread in the area and sustained transmission cannot be formally ruled out. WHO continues supporting ongoing investigation and response activities.
Compliments of the LA County Department of Public Health
On January 15, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised pregnant women not to travel to areas where the Zika virus was spreading. Six months later, more than 60 countries or territories have reported new local transmission of Zika. By August 4, 2016, nearly 1700 cases of travel-associated Zika infection, including 479 in pregnant women, had been reported in the continental United States; Puerto Rico is experiencing rapid and extensive spread of the epidemic.1
Florida has documented 5 symptomatic and 8 asymptomatic locally acquired Zika infections in a 6-block area north of downtown Miami. Comprehensive mosquito control efforts, including reduction of standing water, provision of repellents containing diethyltoluamide (DEET), and application of pyrethroid insecticides and larvicides using backpack sprayers and trucks to eliminate adult and larval forms of mosquitoes, were initiated on confirmation of the first cases. Persistent findings of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes led to a decision to also use aerial spraying with naled and larvicide within 3 days of documentation of the risk of ongoing Zika transmission.
Download the Resource Doc HERE from the LA County Department of Public Health providing key information sources.
By : Jodeph Guyler Delva
Haiti started burying some of its dead in mass graves in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a government official said on Sunday, as cholera spread in the devastated southwest and the death toll from the storm rose to 1,000 people.
The powerful hurricane, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, slammed into Haiti on Tuesday with 145 mile-per-hour (233 kph) winds and torrential rains that left 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.
A Reuters tally of numbers from local officials showed that 1,000 people were killed by the storm in Haiti, which has a population of about 10 million and is the poorest country in the Americas.
The official death toll from the central civil protection agency is 336, a slower count because officials must visit each village to confirm the numbers.
Authorities had to start burying the dead in mass graves in Jeremie because the bodies were starting to decompose, said Kedner Frenel, the most senior central government official in the Grand’Anse region on Haiti’s western peninsula.
Frenel said 522 people were killed in Grand’Anse alone. A tally of deaths reported by mayors from 15 of 18 municipalities in Sud Department on the south side of the peninsula showed 386 people there. In the rest of the country, 92 people were killed, the same tally showed.
Frenel said there was great concern about cholera spreading, and that authorities were focused on getting water, food and medication to the thousands of people living in shelters.
Cholera causes severe diarrhea and can kill within hours if untreated. It is spread through contaminated water and has a short incubation period, which leads to rapid outbreaks.