disaster recovery

  • New Disaster Assistance Resources

    Disaster-Survival-GearFEMA's Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) has released a new website, DisasterAssistance.gov, to help survivors navigate the disaster recovery process. DAIP helps survivors by shortening the time required to apply for assistance and reducing the number of forms that need to be completed. Survivors can also upload documents, check the status of their application, access information and resources, all through the website.

    Did you know that there are at least 75 forms of assistance available for Disaster Recovery from 14 Agencies:

    Federal Agency Forms of Assistance
    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 20
    U.S. Department of Education (ED) 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 4
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 7
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 3
    U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 3
    U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) 3
    U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) 3
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 8
    U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) 1
    U.S. Postal Service (USPS) 1
    U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2
    U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) 18

    Find out more at DisasterAssistance.gov including:

    • Get the latest information on declared disaster such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes;
    • Find information about evacuating; accessing shelter, food, water and medical services; and assistance locating loved ones and pets;
    • Locate local resources in and around the whole community; and
    • Share resources via social media.

    Visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov today and check out the information available. spotlight-on-disaster-2013Spread the word to your loved ones, and be prepared to know where to find assistance before a disaster happens!

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  • Is your Business Prepared?

    Each year small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes.  Business interruptions, even if they last just a few hours, are costly in terms of lost productivity and profits.

    • Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog

    Get Your Business Ready For Any Kind of Disaster at Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

    Prepare and Endure! Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, too, you should Check your Emergency Supplies:
    Count your stock... is it enough?
    Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    Keep cash on hand
    Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
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    TODAY: If You Do Nothing Else This Year

    Simple, low-cost tips on building a solid business continuity plan.

    You’ve finally achieved your dream. Don’t lose it to a power outage, hacker disruption, fire, earthquake or other disaster. If you’re not prepared, a disaster could put you and your employees at risk, possibly shutting down your business forever.

    Roughly 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster. But you can.

    "A business continuity plan is an essential factor of a small company’s long-term success and will contribute to the community’s economic recovery in the aftermath of a disaster. ”

    -Maria Contreras-Sweet
    Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration 

    Disaster planning and preparedness can be your lifeline to staying in business. With proper education, planning, testing and disaster assistance, you will be able to stay in business through any interruption and beyond.

    SBA has partnered with Agility Recovery to offer business continuity strategies through their “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to check out the archived webinars and for more disaster preparedness tools.

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  • RECOVERING FROM DISASTER

    National Preparedness is, of course all about "Preparing" -

    Pre-pare ~ “Pre” means before… not after. Preparation is not reaction to a threat or incident – it is planning and equipping oneself ahead of a time when need may arise.

    ? Get a Kit: See all the Disaster Kits and Survival Supplies below

    ? Make a Plan: See our Survival Checklists and Resources in the Quick Links

    ? Be Informed: Watch our videos and infographics

    ? Get Involved: Share this information with Friends, Family & Co-Workers – Pin it, Post on Facebook, Tweet about it – share via your favorite channels – all our resources are free to use and share!

    But there are many considerations for what to do AFTER a major Disaster as well:

    Prepare! Prepare!

    Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful. This section offers some general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community and your life back to normal.

    Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog

  • Get Your Business Ready For Any Kind of Disaster with Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

    Is your business Prepared for Disaster? Do you have a Disaster Recovery Plan?

    Each year small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes. Business interruptions, even if they last just a few hours, are costly in terms of lost productivity and profits.

    Be-Take-Action-To-PrepareYou can get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery.   The September series is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign as part of National Preparedness Month.  

    The SBA wants to help business owners take charge of the well-being of their own companies, the safety of their employees, and the sustenance of their local economies by being prepared to rebound quickly from any kind of disaster.

    The half-hour webinars will be presented at 2 p.m., Eastern time, each Wednesday in September. Visit http://snurl.com/296yw4e to register for any or all of the webinars listed below:

    September 3: Crisis Communications for Any Organization

    Learn best practices for developing an emergency communication strategy.

    September 10: How to Plan for a Power Interruption…and Recover Fast

    Tips on how to make your company resilient and better prepared to mitigate losses during power outages.

    September 17: The Top 5 Steps for Preparedness This Year

    The top five ways to prepare for disaster-related business interruptions will be discussed.

    September 24: If You Do Nothing Else This Year

    Simple, low-cost tips on building a solid business continuity plan.

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    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!

    SBA has partnered with Agility Recovery to offer business continuity strategies through their “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to check out the archived webinars and for more disaster preparedness tools. 

  • Has Emergency Management Become Too Complex?

    Heading toward National Preparedness Month 2014 this coming September, Businesses, Community Groups like CERT, and Local, State and Federal Emergency Authorities are gearing up to spread  the word about preparedness.  When Disaster Strikes, it affects us all as Individuals, as a Community, but also in a business sense. Businesses suffer and even fail due to Natural and Man-Made Calamities - this affect us all, putting many out of work and striking a blow to National and Local Economies.

    Business continuity and Disaster Recovery can be overwhelming.

    Time to rethink old approaches    

    Increased risk, new threats and hazards, technological change, reduced budgets - these are just a few of the indicators that suggest that emergency management has become more complex. It has been suggested that the demands of the profession have increased to the point where it is becoming impossible for emergency managers to meet their responsibilities.

    There is certainly no question that the age in which we live has increased the demands on professional emergency managers. However, the question must be asked have these increased demands truly made the job for complex? There is a valid argument that it is not the job that has become more complex but rather that we are only beginning to fully realize the complexities of the job itself.

    As we get closer to September, and throughout the National Preparedness Month of September, we'll be sharing information about Disaster Preparedness for Businesses as well as Individuals... we hope you'll read years of information we've shared in the Disaster & Survival Forum and that you will follow and contribute to our daily articles in the National Preparedness Month Blog. You'll find practical and trily "implementable" suggestions and guidelines that will really help if Disaster Strikes, and often even when now - preparedness means organization, too, and who wouldn't benefit from a little more of that? If it's too much to check our daily updates or sign up for our RSS Feed, you can always follow our Tweets!

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    Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
  • A Year of Disasters...

    Wow what a year... plagued by weather and calamities - we hope you weren't affected by these horrible situations, and that you were safe and prepared if you are in one of the affected zones. Let's all make it our New Year Resolution to be ready for anything in 2014!

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    72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Supplies for Earthquake, Hurricane, Tornado, Twister, Nuclear Disasters, Wilderness Survival & More… C.E.R.T. & F.E.M.A.
    Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
    The year in review  Major Disaster Declarations
    (and of course, these only run though October!): Continue reading
  • DOL provides grant to assist Arkansas with storm recovery efforts - Just as new Tropical Storm Dorian heads in

    The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,054,112 National Emergency Grant to assist Arkansas with cleanup and recovery efforts after the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck the state May 30 to June 3. See news release below - But Wait there's more!

    StormTropical Storm Dorian begins westward trek

    Trade winds are pushing Tropical Storm Dorian west-northwest across the Atlantic Ocean.

    The National Hurricane Center said that the center of Dorian, which formed on Wednesday morning, was located about 615 miles west of the Cape Verde Island with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Present movement is west-northwest at 20 mph.

    The storm is expected to maintain its current course and speed through Friday. Little change in strength is predicted in the next 48 hours.

    Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.

    The present course of Dorian could place it off the north coast of Puerto Rico by Monday night.

    Are you ready to Bug Out? Are you ready to Bug Out?

    News Release

    ETA News Release: [07/23/2013]
    Contact Name: Gloria Della or Jason Kuruvilla
    Email:
    Della.Gloria.D@dol.gov or Kuruvilla.Jason@dol.gov
    Phone Number: (202) 693-4679 or x6587
    Release Number: 13-1466-DAL

    US Department of Labor provides grant to assist Arkansas with storm recovery efforts

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,054,112 National Emergency Grant to assist Arkansas with cleanup and recovery efforts after the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck the state May 30 to June 3.

    "The destruction caused by this severe storm affected communities across Arkansas," said Eric Seleznow, acting assistant secretary of labor for employment and training. "There is a great deal of recovery work to be done, and the Labor Department is committed to helping Arkansans rebuild their communities."

    The grant was awarded to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to restore public lands and infrastructure by providing temporary work to those in need of employment. The funds will be used to assist with cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public facilities and lands in affected communities as well as humanitarian assistance. Of the $1,054,112 approved today, $351,371 will be released initially. Additional funding, up to the approved amount, will be made available to the state as it demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

    On June 25, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared 11 counties eligible for FEMA's public assistance program. The state plans to target Cleburne, Independence, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren and Woodruff for assistance under this grant. Additional counties may be included at a later date if further evaluation warrants their inclusion. More information on designated disaster areas in Arkansas is available from FEMA at http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4124/designated-areas.

    National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visithttp://www.doleta.gov/NEG/.

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