Disaster Assistance – Red Cross Northland http://redcrossnorthland.org/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 03:09:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://redcrossnorthland.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7.png Disaster Assistance – Red Cross Northland http://redcrossnorthland.org/ 32 32 Disaster relief preparedness before Hurricane Ian https://redcrossnorthland.org/disaster-relief-preparedness-before-hurricane-ian/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 01:06:00 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/disaster-relief-preparedness-before-hurricane-ian/ The American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia and Caring 4 Others are preparing for the first one to two days after the storm makes landfall in the United States

ATLANTA — Nonprofits and disaster relief teams spent much of the weekend developing plans to help Florida, Georgia and other southeastern states once the hurricane Ian made landfall.

The American Red Cross of Georgia and Caring 4 Others, Inc. are focusing on the first 24-48 hours after the storm passes. The two organizations call that first day or two the most crucial time to provide people with shelter, food and other supplies.

president of caring about others Eslene Richmond-Shockley said they have already spent days preparing for each situation.

“Planning and gathering the products, placing them to be loaded so that wherever they arrive, we can get to that place with much-needed help that they need at that time,” Richmond-Shockley said.

American Red Cross Northwest Georgia Executive Director Carla Maton said teams across the country spent much of the weekend discussing where to pre-position volunteers and contact local governments to discuss emergency shelter and evacuation.

“For any areas that are receiving a direct impact, families can’t be in their homes, we will have emergency shelters that we can set up. And then we will also open emergency evacuation shelters, so if Georgia needs to take in Floridians who need to evacuate, we can be ready to house those families,” Maton said.

Richmond-Shockley and his team spent much of Monday readying trucks with immediate disaster relief supplies

“Shovel and rakes and cleaners and all that. It’s gloves and tarps and all that kind of stuff,” she said.

caring about others plans to deploy their convoy the first day or two after Ian lands, focusing first on Florida, then switching to Georgia support depending on the storm’s path.

Both Richmond-Shockley and Maton are seasoned professionals in leading and responding to large-scale natural disasters.

I’ve been doing this since 2005 with hurricane Katrina,” Richmond-Shockley said. .”

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are already pre-positioned in Florida, with Maton preparing herself to go into direct response mode.

“I’m going down to Macon. We are moving some of our staff to South Georgia just to be pre-positioned and a bit closer to our local officials there so we can be in tune with the next steps there,” Maton said.

The two nonprofit leaders said that once their organizations meet people’s basic needs in the early days, they can move into long-term assistance and other types of assistance. They may need to bring in additional volunteers and bring in more supplies.

But just as the storm’s path continues to change, so will their response efforts to reach as many people as possible.

“The storm is still so unpredictable,” Maton said.

Both organizations encourage check their websites and download their apps for real-time information on assistance, emergency shelter, volunteer opportunities, and supply information.

And some additional advice from the Red Cross. Based on his experience, Maton said the main things people forget when they have to evacuate are medications, pet food and important documents.

Maton said to take preparing an emergency kit seriously, so you won’t be without potentially life-saving supplies later.

Deadline Approaches for Disaster Assistance – Shawnee News-Star https://redcrossnorthland.org/deadline-approaches-for-disaster-assistance-shawnee-news-star/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 12:42:09 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/deadline-approaches-for-disaster-assistance-shawnee-news-star/


Oklahoma residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred May 2-8 have just days left to apply for federal assistance. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 28.

Federal assistance can help eligible survivors pay for rent, home repair or replacement, and many other disaster-related needs, including vehicle repair or replacement, funeral expenses, medical expenses, or dental and other costs associated with disaster recovery.

If you have not applied for federal assistance, there are several ways to apply.

• Log on to DisasterAssistance.gov to submit your disaster assistance request. The website is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

• Call the FEMA Helpline at 800621-3362. If you use video relay service, captioned telephone service, or other communication services, please provide FEMA with the specific number assigned to that service. Lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week.

• Visit the Disaster Recovery Center in Seminole County. The ground floor is located at: Seminole State College David L. Boren Library Room 105 2701 Boren Blvd. Seminole, OK 74868 Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

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Securing the food supply chain before the next disaster https://redcrossnorthland.org/securing-the-food-supply-chain-before-the-next-disaster/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 13:30:00 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/securing-the-food-supply-chain-before-the-next-disaster/

Last spring, families scrambled to find infant formula wherever they could — in grocery stores, through online forums and through their local community networks.

The shortage of formula, which is ongoing, was somewhat different from panic buying during the early stages of the pandemic – it was longer, impacted very specific products, and affected the primary food source of an extremely vulnerable population. It was also felt somewhat unevenly from state to state depending on WIC Procurement Practices that occur outside of disaster periods.

These recent incidents are cautionary tales – food supply chains are nimble, to some degree. But when supply chains are disrupted, problems are compounded, inequitably exacerbated, and typically underserved communities can face the greatest challenges.

Food equity is based on the principle of availability and access to healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate foods. The School nutrition standards and related feeding programs are an exception to an otherwise barren landscape of programs that link nutrition to access to feeding programs. Nutrition standards, summer feeding programs and subsidized meals all help feed our children when access to nutrition at home is difficult. More … than 10% of households experience food insecurity in normal times, and many more are pushed into insecurity following a disaster.

Later this month, the Biden administration will convene the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, which is the first time in over 50 years that the White House has hosted an event to transform food policy, including issues of access and disparities. This represents an important opportunity to build resilience and equity in food security before, during and after disasters.

How can stakeholders support this principle during disasters? During disasters, government entities should continue to focus on the most vulnerable households through traditional feeding programs, such as food distribution sites. However, we recommend that stakeholders consider providing more support to the private sector and upstream nodes, during all phases of emergency management. On a daily basis, these nodes are very essential in supporting an incredible number of people with a culturally appropriate diet; during emergencies, they support normally vulnerable and newly vulnerable households on a scale, and through complex systems and processes, that government entities cannot easily duplicate.

FEMA and emergency management agencies determined that food and water were essential safety rope, one of the essential functions necessary for the functioning of society. However, there are still important learning opportunities for the public sector about how the supply chain actually works. More … than four out of five buyers say they use supermarkets at least quite often, and restaurants are the second largest private sector employer. Although the private sector supports the bulk of our country’s complex food supply chain, there are still no concrete strategies as to how the government can support (or should collaborate with) these major contributors when disasters.

To better support this essential infrastructure during disasters – and ensure that communities most in need receive the assistance they need, government entities and other partners must move towards a more comprehensive food landscape.

One of the challenges is that our food systems are inherently siled, including between agencies tasked with coordinating a range of food security, nutrition and food aid programs. Developing incentives that promote coordination – within and across – during blue skies could help us build a more resilient food supply chain, which would also be beneficial in times of emergency.

During disasters, local to national level emergency management agencies implement only a slight variation of these decentralized structures. Food stakeholders, including non-profits, schools, grocers, restaurants and distributors, fall into a range of groups (known in the emergency management industry as of “emergency support functions”), rather than being lumped together under one overarching umbrella overseeing this essential lifeline. This structure inhibits situational awareness and coordination between pre-existing power systems and ad hoc activities.

Additionally, during disasters, a routine type of formal assistance that is offered to the food supply chain is at the household level through financial resources for the purchase of food through the assistance program. Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. D-SNAP. This allows newly vulnerable households to spend funds at retailers alongside pre-existing SNAP recipients (approximately one in eight Americans). Pantries are also an important component, but may face limitations in scaling them up to meet demand. Helping households access food through pantries or buy food from stores is not helpful if there are no groceries on the shelves or grocery stores open.

Although the most vulnerable households rely heavily on food pantries, grocery stores, big-box stores, and other retailers to meet their food needs, these and other nodes upstream in the supply chain ( for example, distribution centers and manufacturers) generally do not receive any form of assistance or prioritization during disasters. The lack of consistent support stands in stark contrast to other types of critical infrastructure – such as the utilities, energy and healthcare sectors, which are eligible for risk mitigation grants to make their population and structures more resilient, prioritized for restoration and often receive support to secure resources (e.g. fuel) to execute operations. By increasing synergy between government entities and the private sector, vital actors can respond more quickly and provide support to those who need it most.

Building on this month’s White House conference, we encourage public sector entities to collaborate more meaningfully with the private sector to build a more resilient and equitable disaster supply chain. Engagement should begin with federal stakeholders, as they provide strategy and funding to states and municipalities.

Global tensions are rising, and the frequency and impact of natural disasters are increasing year on year – our communities should not have to wait for the next hurricane, pandemic or food security issue to take targeted action.

Katie Murphy is Senior Director of Business Continuity at C&S Wholesale Grocers, a wholesale grocery supply company in the United States supplying more than 7,700 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases and institutions with over 100,000 different products. Jeff Schlegelmilch is the director of National Disaster Preparedness Center to Columbia Climate School. He is also the author of Columbia University Press’s “Rethinking Readiness: A Brief Guide to Twenty-First-Century Megadisasters”.

Communities affected by floods and power outages https://redcrossnorthland.org/communities-affected-by-floods-and-power-outages/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 05:26:15 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/communities-affected-by-floods-and-power-outages/

Western Alaska was reeling on Monday from the most intense storm on record in the Bering Sea during September, which brought hurricane-force winds and record flooding along the coast.

Threat level: Officials reported Communities in Norton Sound were still affected by power outages, flooding and damage to homes, public buildings and roads, while water and sewers were also affected by the remnants of the typhoon and headed towards the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska Sunday evening.

Photo: NWS Fairbanks/Twitter
  • Because the storm hit in September, there was no ice near the shore to protect communities on the lower west coast from the wrath of the high waves and storm surge flooding.
  • Social media footage showed entire communities flooded and, in one case, a house stuck under a bridge after floating downstream in Nome, the end point of the Iditarod sled dog race.

What we are looking at: As the floodwaters receded, an official with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) told the Washington Post the true extent of damage to property and infrastructure along some 1,000 miles of coastline may not be known for days.

  • “Access to these [remote] areas is very difficult,” added Jeremy Zidek.

Meanwhile, Mike, Governor of Alaska Dunleavy tweeted that after declaring a state disaster on Saturday to activate recovery funds, his administration was preparing to file a request for federal disaster assistance on Monday.

  • DHSEM said in A declaration this damage assessment would begin on Monday, with members of the Alaska Guard being activated and increasing in number throughout the week.

Our thought bubble: The Alaska storm resulted from a rare combination of climate change events. It started with Typhoon Merbokwhich formed in an unusual place for this time of year, thanks to warmer than usual waters in parts of the Pacific.

  • As the storm moved into northern latitudes, it developed into an extratropical cyclone, feeding on the energy of the jet stream, except it also swirled over an area of ​​abnormally warm waters.
  • It added more energy to him. And instead of moving into the Gulf of Alaska, which is typical for this time of year, it jumped north into the Bering Sea. Once there, it became the most intense storm on record in Bering in September, and one of the strongest on record.

The big picture: The storm surge and the high winds it generated hit some of the most vulnerable villages in all of Alaska to the state’s rapidly warming climate.

  • Breaking waves and erosion have already meant that villages like Kivalina need longer term plans to eventually relocate. Flooding from this storm caused more damage, knocking out airports on the state’s west coast by flooding runways.
  • Flooding in Nome was the worst since a storm hit in November 1974.

State Authorizes Disaster Aid for 13 Minnesota Counties | New https://redcrossnorthland.org/state-authorizes-disaster-aid-for-13-minnesota-counties-new/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/state-authorizes-disaster-aid-for-13-minnesota-counties-new/

FEMA may be able to provide rental assistance to some https://redcrossnorthland.org/fema-may-be-able-to-provide-rental-assistance-to-some/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 14:33:26 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/fema-may-be-able-to-provide-rental-assistance-to-some/

Rental assistance will be extended

FRANKFORT, Ky. Courtesy of (Kentucky Today) – Those who lost their homes to historic flooding in eastern Kentucky and received initial rent assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency may be eligible for ongoing rental assistance.

This assistance is for residents of Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley counties. To be eligible for continued temporary housing assistance, they must meet the following conditions:

–They received initial rental assistance for two months and used it as intended.

–They are unable to return to their pre-disaster residence because it is uninhabitable, inaccessible or unavailable due to recent flooding.

–They can’t afford housing without help.

–They do not receive temporary housing assistance from any other source.

–They develop a long-term or permanent housing plan or can demonstrate progress towards such a plan.

Survivors requesting ongoing assistance must complete an Application for Ongoing Temporary Housing Assistance. To request this form, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

Applicants must submit the following documents with the completed application:

–Pre-disaster and post-disaster income for household members aged 18 and over.

— Proof of pre-disaster housing costs (copy of lease and utility bills, tenant’s insurance, mortgage statements, property taxes, home insurance, etc.)

— Proof of accommodation costs after disaster (copy of the current lease or rental contract signed by the applicant and the owner).

The application and supporting documents must be returned to FEMA in one of the following ways:

–Upload them to the applicant’s disaster account at DisasterAssistance.gov.

–Send to FEMA, PO Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055.

–Fax them to 800-827-8112.

Visit the nearest DRC to complete the application or submission.

FEMA will evaluate the application to determine if the applicant is eligible. It is important that applicants keep FEMA up to date with their contact information and housing status.

Landlords and tenants who have not applied for disaster assistance can apply online for www.assistancecatastrophe.gov, call 800-621-3362 or use FEMA mobile app. The deadline is September 28.

Since the federal disaster declaration, more than $120.4 million in federal assistance has been approved. This breaks down into Individual Assistance: $64.6 million, Housing Assistance: $53.4 million, Other Needs Assistance: $11.1 million. US Small Business Administration $39.2 million and National Flood Insurance: $16.5 million.

Under the guise of inclusion, Biden’s policies are leading to the climate illusion https://redcrossnorthland.org/under-the-guise-of-inclusion-bidens-policies-are-leading-to-the-climate-illusion/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 20:37:51 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/under-the-guise-of-inclusion-bidens-policies-are-leading-to-the-climate-illusion/

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Tribal Strategy, just released, is supposed to be designed to better assist Native American tribal lands with FEMA-related assistance. In reality, this strategy aims to do one thing: use the pretense of “inclusion” to channel more federal funds into climate initiatives and advance the Biden-Harris administration’s climate agenda.

President Joe Biden’s views on the “climate crisis” are no secret. The White House website lists the topic as one of the administration’s top priorities, along with COVID-19, while critical issues like immigration are low on the list.

Two days before the introduction of the National Tribal Strategy, Mr. Biden signed the Cut Inflation Act, which allocates $369 billion for “energy security and climate change,” and announced that FEMA would get more than $3 billion in funds to “increase climate resilience nationwide.” through the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant, or BRIC, and the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program, or FMA.

BRIC will double its funding to $2.3 billion, while FMA will see a fivefold increase to $800 million.

Obviously, when it comes to wasting taxpayers’ money, there is a theme. The funds will not be used to secure the border, and they will not be used for school choice, but the government will give you a tax refund for buying a Prius or investing in wind turbines or solar panels.

For its part, the National Tribal Strategy directly states that tribes should prioritize the White House Council Committee on Native American Affairs that deals with climate-related initiatives, called the Committee on Climate Change, Tribal Lands and Treaties. .

In addition to using a supposedly marginalized population to advance its left-wing agenda, FEMA’s strategy is riddled with deception. Tribal people could already access federal emergency grants by applying through the states in which they reside, and President Barack Obama’s Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 allowed tribal governments to directly apply for disaster declarations. and presidential declarations of emergency, instead of going through their states.

Executive Order 13985 on “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government and DHS (Department of Homeland Security)” Equity Action Plan was introduced during the Mr. Biden’s first month in office. The policies state that climate-related events only exacerbate the inequalities that minority populations face. In reality, these policies, along with FEMA’s National Tribal Strategy, are just examples of how the left is using concepts like “cultural competence” and “integrated equity” as pretexts to force its green narrative.

FEMA has long used tribal terminology to allocate funds, provide access to resources, and recognize the sovereignty of Native American populations. The concepts proposed by the National Tribal Strategy are no different, proving that this strategy is simply a vehicle for Mr. Biden’s other top priority: pushing the left-wing version of “equity” through the use of identity politics when these tribal communities are already receiving aid from FEMA.

While this strategy would suggest that tribal people had no ability, desire, or expertise when it comes to obtaining federal grants, FEMA has allocated funds for tribal grants and resources for years. .

Likely, as stated in the strategy, taxpayer dollars will be used to translate FEMA documents into over 150 different Native American languages. Will they be mass produced and distributed to different tribes? Not very green, if you ask me.

All of this begs the question: Does the Biden administration really care about Native American populations, or is it just using them to find a way to allocate more federal funds to climate-related initiatives? Does the Biden administration assume that all Native American tribes will agree with its climate strategy? By tying climate initiatives to FEMA funding, will FEMA deny emergency resources to those who disagree with the administration’s leftist ideology?

Currently, FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund has spent over $31 billion. That’s more than several other Department of Homeland Security agencies (US Customs and Border Protection, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Transportation Security Administration and US Coast Guard) spent together. DHS avoids allocating funds to highly critical areas and channels them directly to FEMA’s climate programs.

Tribal communities should not be used by the Biden administration as political pawns to further push leftist ideologies such as climate change and identity politics. This is an insult to both Native Americans and American taxpayers as a whole.

• Hannah Davis is a researcher at the Border Security & Immigration Center of The Heritage Foundation.

CM visits disaster-stricken Dharchula and provides all possible assistance https://redcrossnorthland.org/cm-visits-disaster-stricken-dharchula-and-provides-all-possible-assistance/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 18:31:28 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/cm-visits-disaster-stricken-dharchula-and-provides-all-possible-assistance/

A day after a woman was killed by debris and several houses were damaged due to heavy rains in Dharchula area of ​​Pithoragarh district, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visited Ranthi village ( Khotila) affected by the disaster and interacted with the locals. Interacting with the villagers affected by the disaster, Dhami sought information about their problems and assured them of all possible assistance. He said appropriate accommodation, food and clothing arrangements should be made for the disaster affected, which will be paid for by the government. The CM also presented relief amount by check to six affected families, including Rs four lakh to the family of the woman killed in the disaster. The authorities are working to provide the amount of aid to the families still affected soon.

Dhami also inspected embankments along the Kali River in Dharchula. He ordered Pithoragarh District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan to ensure that all possible measures to assist those affected are taken promptly. The government is ready to take all possible measures for the rehabilitation of the disaster affected, he said. MP Ajay Tamta, MPs Harish Dhami, Bishan Singh Chufal, local public representatives and civil servants were also present along with the CM.

State to Reimburse Templeton Community Service District $16,000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/state-to-reimburse-templeton-community-service-district-16000/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 14:52:55 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/state-to-reimburse-templeton-community-service-district-16000/

Funds will pay for overtime, electrical work

– The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) on Friday announced the approval of more than $16,000 in refunds to help the Templeton Community Service District cover overtime and the replacement of a variable frequency drive which serves as the main power supply to Smith Well.

Reimbursements of $16,080 include $14,618, which represents the state’s 75 percent share of the district’s $19,491 in costs for work eligible for reimbursement under the California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA ), plus $1,461 to help the city cover its administrative costs.

Governor Gavin Newsom’s declaration of a state of emergency for San Benito and Santa Cruz counties on January 29 authorized cost reimbursement for public agencies and some private nonprofits in those counties, as well as in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.

Work eligible for reimbursement included 10 hours of overtime and the replacement of a utility pole that serves Smith Well’s main power supply that toppled when the storm knocked a tree down on it during the storm. The downed utility pole caused a power surge that fried the VFD.

More information on the California Disaster Assistance Act is available at https://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/public-assistance/california-disaster-assistance-act

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]]> China mobilizes resources for flood relief efforts https://redcrossnorthland.org/china-mobilizes-resources-for-flood-relief-efforts/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://redcrossnorthland.org/china-mobilizes-resources-for-flood-relief-efforts/

LAHORE: The Chinese Consulate in Lahore, together with the Chinese community in Lahore, has mobilized resources to help with flood relief and rehabilitation efforts. China also provided two batches of emergency humanitarian supplies in cash and in kind. Further assistance will follow accordingly, Chinese Consul General Lahore Zhao Shiren said during a webinar to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the establishment of Pak-China diplomatic relations, organized under the auspices of the Institute of International Relations and media research (IIRMR).

He said China has shown pain and sadness over the loss of life and property, expressing solidarity with Pakistan terribly affected by the flash floods. “Very soon, a new round of CPEC JCC meetings is to be convened and the agenda could address the implementation of framework agreements on industrial and agricultural cooperation and people’s livelihood projects,” he said. he declares.

The five CPEC-related mega-projects in Punjab, he said, are either successfully accomplished or achieving their pronounced goals, giving early harvests to mutual satisfaction. “Under the strategic guidance and strong leadership of President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shehbaz, the CPEC process has been further accelerated with new speed in Pakistan, entering accelerated growth and expansion. The Karot hydropower station has started generating electricity, the development of Gwadar port has produced substantial progress with the operationalization of the East Bay highway,” he added. IIRMR President Muhammad Mehdi said, “Pakistan is currently suffering from a great natural calamity and “we are happy that our great friend and neighbor country, China, is always by our side in this difficult time. The messages sent by Chinese leaders at this difficult juncture are very encouraging for the nation of Pakistan. Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed solidarity and said China would continue to provide urgently needed aid (and) support Pakistan in its disaster relief work.

Professor Zhou Rong from the Chong Yong Institute of Renmin University said, “It is indeed a case of force majeure for Pakistan to suffer from the catastrophic flood this year, but China has also suffered great catastrophic floods or the biggest catastrophic floods over the years”. IIRMR President Yasir Habib Khan said China was among the key countries that showered all their support during flood-related rescue and relief operations in Pakistan. It is high time, during the commemoration of the 71st anniversary of Pak-China relations, to sign a new “CPEC Charter” to keep CPEC free from outside pressure and free from politicization as Pakistan has done in case nuclear program.

Lahore Chinese Overseas Association (LOCA) Chairman Luo Jianxue said that over the past 71 years, the Chinese and Pakistani people have sincerely helped each other.