Daily Wrap Up: Ongoing Federal Efforts for the Winter Storm

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Key Efforts

  • When natural disasters, such as winter storms, strike the first responders are local emergency and public works personnel, volunteers, humanitarian organizations, and numerous private interest groups who provide emergency assistance required to protect the public's health and safety and to meet immediate human needs.
  • Yesterday, the President announced a federal emergency declaration for all 77 counties in Oklahoma to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm beginning on January 31, 2011 and continuing. This declaration frees up federal dollars to reimburse the state for some costs associated with efforts over the last few days and designates Kevin L. Hannes as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
  • At the request of the respective states, FEMA representatives have been working with their state partners at various state Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). At the height of the storm, personnel were deployed to EOCs in Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin, but most have been demobilized at the request of the states.
  • FEMA, through our regional offices in Kansas City, MO: Denton, TX: Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; and Boston, MA, continues to support federal and state coordination as the Midwest and the northeastern states begin recovery from this week’s severe weather.
  • FEMA has emergency commodities pre-staged across the United States should they be needed to support state and local emergency response operations. FEMA distribution centers have a current inventory of more than 5 million liters of water, 3 million meals, 500,000 blankets, 110,000 cots and more than 500 power generators.
  • Of the commodities pre-staged across the nation, at the height of the storm, FEMA had also proactively staged supplies to strategic locations in Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, in case they became needed.

Overall timeline of FEMA and Federal actions
Saturday, January 29

  • FEMA begins coordinating with its regional offices in Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Denton, TX, Kansas City, MO, Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City, and state emergency operations centers in Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas to plan staging of commodities and resources. Sunday, January 30 · FEMA deploys liaison officers to state emergency operations centers in Indiana, Kansas and Missouri. · FEMA begins to coordinate Incident Support Base locations at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, and the Regional Food Bank in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester, Oklahoma.  
  • FEMA continues constant contact with the Department of Homeland Security to provide regular updates on the storm’s developments. FEMA has also been in regular touch with Governors and local officials in the Midwest, the Southeast and up the East Coast. Monday January 31
  • FEMA deploys Incident Management Assessment Team (IMAT) team members to Oklahoma and Arkansas to assist the state with coordination of planning and response operations. FEMA deploys a liaison officer to the state emergency operations center in Oklahoma.
  • FEMA places on alert Incident Management Assessment Teams in its regional offices in New York City, Kansas City, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Denton to stand-by for deployment, if needed. · FEMA activates the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC), a multi-agency center based at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., that provides overall coordination of the federal response by bringing together federal departments and agencies to assist in the preparations for and response to disasters.
  • FEMA deploys liaison officers to emergency operations centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and regional support personnel to New York.
  • FEMA moves roughly 57,000 liters of water, 56,000 meals, 2,400 blankets, 1,200 cots and a 54-pack of power generators to Incident Support Base (ISB) locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and McAlester, Oklahoma. In addition, FEMA has moved roughly 30,000 liters of water, more than 20,000 meals, 1,500 blankets, 700 cots to an Incident Support Base in Kansas City, MO. FEMA holds a video teleconference with federal partners and regional representatives to assess needs and readiness.

Tuesday February 1

  • FEMA deploys liaison officers to state emergency operations centers in Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Oklahoma and Rhode Island.
  • FEMA deploys members of Incident Management Assessment Teams (IMATs) to Pennsylvania and Indiana and places an IMAT on standby to be deployed to Kentucky, as needed, to assist states with coordination of planning and response operations.
  • FEMA places the National Incident Management Assessment Team-East (IMAT-East) and two Pacific Coast-based IMATs on alert to potentially provide additional planning and response coordination and operations support to Midwestern and East Coast states.
  • FEMA deploys 20 power generators, provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to arrive at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
  • In addition, FEMA deploys approximately 31,000 liters of water to arrive at Kansas City, Missouri. FEMA deploys a pack of 54 generators for staging at an Incident Support Base in Eureka, MO.
  • FEMA deploys approximately 72,000 liters of water, roughly 20,000 meals, 10,000 blankets, and 10,000 cots to arrive at an Incident Support Base at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. FEMA is also positioning 23 power generators at the base.
  • FEMA holds a video teleconference with federal partners and regional representatives to assess needs and readiness.
  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano brief President Obama by phone on preparations for the winter storm.
  • Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Fugate brief members of Congress from the affected states on the preparations for the storm.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) maintains readiness of its 13 on-call Disaster Medicals Assistance Teams (DMATs) which are part of the National Disaster Medical System, a federally coordinated system that augments the Nation's emergency medical response capability. HHS also maintains its on-call Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) and Applied Public Health Teams (APHT) comprised of trained USPHS Commissioned Corps Officer Responders who can provide resources and assistance to State, Tribal and local health authorities throughout the nation.
  • HHS Critical Infrastructure contacts private partners regarding potential need to re-supply hospitals and any potential shortages caused by power or transportation disruptions.
  • More than 1,170 National Guard members in six states (AR, MO, IL, IA, OK, and TX) mobilize at the direction of their governors and prepare to assist their states in winter storm recovery efforts. More than 600 Missouri National Guard members clear roads, remove debris, and provide transportation and power generation. National Guardsmen and women in several others states also are expected to be mobilized due to anticipated severe winter weather.
  • At the request of FEMA, the U.S. Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, provides several facilities to use as Incident Support Bases, which are supply and equipment staging locations. These facilities include the McAlester Ammunition Depot in OK; the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in OH; and Fort Campbell in KY.

Wednesday February 2

  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano brief President Obama by phone on preparations for the winter storm.
  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate holds a video teleconference call to discuss the latest developments with the National Weather Service, partner agencies and regional representatives and to assess their needs and readiness.
  • Administrator Fugate and the Deputy Director of the National Weather Service hold a press conference call to discuss the latest developments with the storm and the ongoing federal efforts to support state and local officials as they prepare for and respond to the storm.
  • Deputy Administrator Serino and the Deputy Director of the National Weather Service hold a conference call with congressional staff from the affected regions on the latest developments with the storm and discuss the ongoing federal efforts to support state and local officials as they prepare for and respond to the storm.
  • FEMA moves an additional 31,000 liters of water to Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Oklahoma Governor Fallin requests a federal declaration for the State of Oklahoma as a result of a severe winter storm beginning on January 31, 2011, and continuing. The Governor is specifically requesting emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance, for all 77 counties in the State.
  • The President announces a federal emergency declaration for 77 counties in Oklahoma to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm beginning on January 31, 2011 and continuing. This declaration frees up federal dollars to reimburse the state for some costs associated with efforts over the last few days and designates Kevin L. Hannes as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
  • Missouri Governor Nixon requests a federal declaration for the State of Missouri as a result of a severe winter storm beginning on January 31, 2011, and continuing. The Governor specifically requested (Category A) debris removal and (Category B) emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program for all 114 counties and the Independent City of St. Louis in the State of Missouri. The request is currently under review.
  • The American Red Cross supports sheltering operations in as many as nine states.
  • HHS Critical Infrastructure deploys 5 personnel and teams remain on call for deployment.

Thursday February 3

  • FEMA begins to demobilize winter storm response personnel and commodities, upon the request of the respective states, as states stand up their recovery operations.
Last Updated: 
06/19/2012 - 18:37
Posted on Thu, 02/03/2011 - 19:12
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