Disaster assistance at a school? Sure thing! 

We were requested to support an event at Ponciana School mainly for all the parents and families in Key West.


So….we are in. FEMA PIO Kevin Sur onscene!

Our hope is that we conduct numerous events in communities to help answer questions about disaster assistance.


We have multilingual people who go out with our teams and help translate Spanish, Creole, Haitian, etc…and we have hardware and locations that meet the needs of the access and functional needs population at all of our Disaster Recovery Centers.


We even have flyers and informational materials in Chinese, French, Vietnamese, etc….

Sometimes, people are confused and are not sure if you should apply. Here’s a tip: Apply.


Our staff is ready to help. No matter what language, apply for disaster assistance. The sooner the better.


“This is what we train for, this is what we do.”

@rusnivek

Hey WSVN 7 News – Welcome to the Keys! #PIO 

Glad to see WSVN 7 News here in the Keys to do a story on FEMA response efforts before, during, and after Hurricane Irma landfall.

  • “We are working with our partners in public safety to assess damages and coordinate needed services in a disaster.”
  • “Please register for disaster assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov
  • “If you have access to a phone, consider calling 800-621-3362.”
  • “If you have a smart phone, consider downloading the FEMA app and registering from your mobile device.”

Found them a great spot at the Flea Market at the big relief center for various communities who need supplies.

@rusnivek

Florida Keys – Disaster Assistance? #KeysRecovery

For those that were affected by Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys, this video will concrete the need to register for FEMA disaster assistance.

Website: www.disasterassistance.gov

Phone: 800-621-3362

Reporting from the Florida Keys as the FEMA Public Information Officer…

@rusnivek

 

Friday talks with Ohio EMA leadership

It was great to spend some time with Ohio EMA leadership yesterday.

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Discussion on community resilience, task force deployments, Presidential Declarations, key initiatives, outreach, training, EMAC deployments, stakeholder engagement, public information officer, Emergency Management visibility, social media, Public Assistance, SBA loans, documentation and reimbursements, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Public and Private partnerships…heck-we even touched on the buzz words for 2015: Climate change and Cyber.

For sure, lots of notes!

It is so great to hear OEMA Executive Director Sima Merick passionate about all facets of Emergency Management.

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Also got a chance to hang with my Ohio EMA Training and Education peeps Lisa and Susan too. Solid discussion about the upcoming Mass Fatalities course (G-386), PIO Courses (G-290), JIC/JIS Courses (G-291), Intermediate Incident Command courses (ICS-300), and the Recovery from Disasters Course (G-270.4).

Lots of good free stuff upcoming from Ohio EMA!

BTW-If you did a double take on that first picture, yes sir Sur, #AlohaFridays are made for an Aloha shirt. Period. Also a historical note, Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959.

Don’t worry peeps, look closely as I had my Ohio pin on.

Have a great weekend!

@rusnivek

SitRep for West Virginia Chemical Spill (EM-3366) – 01-14-14- at 1030

SitRep for West Virginia Chemical Spill (EM-3366) – 01-14-14- at 1030.

The chemical spill (up to 7,500 gallons) into the Elk River in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia continues to dissipate. “Do not use water” order remains in effect for approximately 65,000. Chemical identified as 4-methycyclohexane methanol (MCHM).

  • West Virginia state Emergency Operations Center still in full activation.
  • 01-13-14 afternoon – bans lifted for 26,000 customers.
  • 01-14-14 morning – bans lifted for additional 9,000 customers.
  • All local area hospitals are operating within existing patient care capacity: 234 patients treated at this time with 14 admits. No confirmed fatalities.
  • Elk River flows into Ohio River tributary. Cincinnati Water Works monitoring.
  • Ongoing Logistics Section coordinating delivery of water to state agency with 96% delivery totals. FEMA FCO monitoring.

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FEMA continues to support the state and local partners in assisting in the mitigation efforts to these nine communities.

@rusnivek

SitRep for West Virginia Chemical Spill (EM-3366) – 01-13-14 at 0900

SitRep for West Virginia Chemical Spill (EM-3366) – 01-13-14- at 0900.

The chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia continues to dissipate.

CDC has established threshold levels. At this time, indicators are within acceptable levels at water plant. Now seeking consistent safe reading levels at various points within the 1,700 mile pipeline system. Chemical identified as 4-methycyclohexane methanol.

  • West Virginia state Emergency Operations Center still in full activation.
  • All West Virginia State ESFs released but remain on standby.
  • All local area hospitals are operating within existing patient care capacity.
  • No confirmed fatalities and 169 patients treated at this time.
  • Logistics Section filled and delivered 100% of meals requested by West Virginia.
  • Ongoing Logistics Section coordinating delivery of water to state agency with 94% delivery totals. Daily assessments of needs still ongoing.

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Counties affected: Boone County, Cabell County, Clay County, Jackson County, Kanawha County, Lincoln County, Logan County, Putnam County, and Roane County.

People in the affected areas in West Virginia = DO NOT DRINK OR USE THE WATER.  *Only use for toilet flushing

FEMA continues to support the state and local partners in assisting in the mitigation efforts to these nine communities.

@rusnivek

SitRep for West Virginia Chemical Spill (EM-3366) – 01-12-14- at 1030

SitRep for West Virginia Chemical Spill (EM-3366) – 01-12-14- at 1030.

The chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia continues to dissipate.

CDC has established threshold levels. At this time, indicators are still higher than acceptable levels. Still seeking safe reading levels at various points within the 1,700 mile pipeline system. Chemical identified as 4-methycyclohexane methanol.

  • West Virginia state Emergency Operations Center still in full activation.
  • All local area hospitals are water supplied by mobile tankers and hospitals are operating within existing patient care capacity.
  • No confirmed fatalities or injuries to report at this time.
  • Ongoing Logistics Section coordinating delivery of water to state agency through at least next 72 hours.

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Counties affected: Boone County, Cabell County, Clay County, Jackson County, Kanawha County, Lincoln County, Logan County, Putnam County, and Roane County.

People in the affected areas in West Virginia = DO NOT DRINK OR USE THE WATER.  *Only use for toilet flushing

FEMA continues to support the state and local partners in assisting in the mitigation efforts to these nine communities.

@rusnivek

West Virginia Chemical Spill (EM-3366) – Citizens with water questions? Call here

West Virginia: Water Emergency

Please contact your local emergency managment office to determine where water distribution points are located in your county.

Phone Numbers to Refer Citizens with Water Questions

  • Boone County –  304 369-9913
  • Cabell County – 304 743-5391
  • Clay County – 304 587-2019
  • Jackson County – 304 373-2208  or 304 372-2000
  • Kanawha County – 304 744-6843
  • Lincoln County – 304 824-3423 or 304 824-3443
  • Logan County – 304 752-7662 or 304 752-8817 or Sharples VFD 304-369-2630
  • Putnam County – 304 586-0246
  • Roane County – 304 927-0911

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http://www.dhsem.wv.gov/contactnumbers/Pages/default.aspx

@rusnivek

FieldReports for West Virginia Chemical Spill (EM-3366) – 01-11-14- at 1715

FieldReports for West Virginia Chemical Spill (EM-3366) – 01-11-14- at 1715.

Charleston Fire (West Virginia) reporting a solid water distribution site.

  • Distribution still going well. Fast service for all participants seeking water.
  • All hands assisting. Well organized and fire crews are upbeat.
  • No major problems noted.
  • No hysteria at site reported.

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Again, thanks to @jumpseatviews for the picture.

Just goes to show you how valuable your local emergency services are during a crisis or emergency. Keep up the good work Charleston Fire!

Reporting live….. @rusnivek

FieldReports for West Virginia Chemical Spill (EM-3366) – 01-11-14- at 1645

FieldReports for West Virginia Chemical Spill (EM-3366) – 01-11-14- at 1645

Charleston Fire (West Virginia) reporting a very orderly water distribution site.
◾Distribution going very well.
◾Public continues to stream in with rapid load and supply for all recipients.
◾No major problems noted.
◾No hysteria at site reported.

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Thanks to @jumpseatviews for the picture. You and your crews are doing a great job – Well done Charleston Fire!

Reporting live….. @rusnivek