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Preparation Roles and Responsibilities
State and local governments are closest to those affected by natural disasters, and have always been the lead in response and recovery. The federal government acts in a supporting role, providing assistance, logistical support, and certain supplies.
Local Government is responsible for providing for the safety and security of citizens in advance of a hurricane. That means they are in charge of developing emergency plans, determining evacuation routes, providing public transportation for those who can’t self-evacuate, and setting up and stocking local shelters with relief supplies.
State Government is responsible for mobilizing the National Guard, pre-positioning certain assets and supplies, and setting up the state’s emergency management functions. They are also in charge of requesting federal support though the formal disaster declaration process.
Federal Government is responsible for meeting those requests from the state – before, during and after the disaster...
>> Providing logistical support for search and rescue
>> Providing food, water and ice
>> Establishing disaster centers and processing federal disaster claims
>> Participating in short and long-term public works projects, such as debris removal and infrastructure rebuilding.
Personal and Community Preparedness
“People really need to be prepared to sustain themselves for up to 72 hours after a disaster – that means people need to have an emergency plan and an emergency kit with adequate supplies of food, water, and other essentials.”
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff
Personal preparedness for a disaster is a civic virtue. By taking small steps, those who can make preparations allow local first responders to tend to those who cannot self-evacuate.
Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit and Family Emergency Plan: Individuals and families should prepare emergency supply kits with food, water, battery operated radios and medicines. Families should also make emergency plans that include how and where they would evacuate, shelter-in-place and communicate with one another. For more information on preparing for emergencies, visit Ready.gov.
Listen to Local Authorities: Individuals should pay careful attention to the advice of local authorities. By self-evacuating, the “able-bodied” can allow authorities to devote resources where they are needed the most.
(Preparation Roles and Responsibilities courtesy of DHS.gov)
Note: Always remember that your life and safety starts with you first... then Local- State and finally Federal. Are you prepared?
NOAA PREDICTS VERY ACTIVE 2006 NORTH ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON
NOAA’s 2006 Atlantic hurricane season outlook indicates an 80% chance of an above-normal hurricane season, a 15% chance of a near-normal season, and only a 5% chance of a below-normal season. This outlook is produced by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC), National Hurricane Center (NHC), and Hurricane Research Division (HRD).
The outlook calls for a very active 2006 season, with 13-16 named storms, 8-10 hurricanes, and 4-6 major hurricanes. The likely range of the ACE index is 135%-205% of the median. This prediction indicates a continuation of above-normal activity that began in 1995. However, we do not currently expect a repeat of last year’s record season.
(NOAA Predicts taken from NOAA Press Release Issue Date May 22, 2006)
Preparation Vital as Hurricane Season Arrives
"... Two active hurricane seasons back to back sure got everyone's attention. USAA wants to see that attention turn into action," said Michael Kelly, USAA executive director of military communications. "Act now by taking steps to protect yourself, your family and your property before a storm hits. Read your insurance policy so you know what it covers, and make sure you have the coverage you need. Thinking ahead is the No. 1 hurricane preparedness tip..."
Read this story in full at DoD
Our friend Max, who like so many others, had a very bad time with it during those first days and weeks of Hurricane Katrina. Read his story of the events from his eyes HERE. (Hurricane Katrina-)
Great read so be sure to click it out!!!
I’ll end this post with my latest Slide...
Hurricane Katrina - Part Three
** Reflections **
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Hurricane Katrina Part 1- 2- & 3 can be viewed HERE at my Video Blog
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