At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
Update on West Virginia Response
FEMA is continuing to support the ongoing response efforts following a chemical spill in Charleston, W.Va..
At the request of the state, FEMA has been delivering water to a staging area in Charleston, W.Va., where it is turned over to the state for distribution. The trucks started rolling in last Friday evening, and since then, more than 4 million liters of water have been delivered to the state. Bottled water continues to be distributed to affected residents by the state in coordination with the local officials of affected counties.
Residents in affected areas are encouraged to continue to listen to state and local officials for guidance on water quality and the location of water distribution areas. For more information and continued updates, visit the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website and Facebook page.
Monitoring the Colby Fire in California
Yesterday, FEMA authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California in fighting the Colby Fire currently burning in Los Angeles County. This authorization made FEMA funding available to reimburse up to 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs.
At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 500 homes in the areas of Glendora and San Dimas with a combined population of 100,000. Mandatory evacuations have been issued by local officials for approximately 7,000 people. As of yesterday, the fire had burned an excess of 1700 acres of State and private land.
Residents in the path or potential path of the wildfire should continue listen to state and local officials for updates and guidance.
Know a Young Person with a Passion for Preparedness?
FEMA is looking for youth leaders dedicated to public service and making a difference in their community to serve on FEMA’s National Youth Preparedness Council. The Youth Preparedness Council is a unique opportunity for young leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit.
Additionally, these youth leaders have the opportunity to complete a self-selected preparedness project and to share their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions regarding youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and other national youth preparedness organizations.
Any individual between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness or who has experienced a disaster motivating them to make a positive difference in their community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. Individuals who applied last year are highly encouraged to apply again.
We encourage you to share the application with young people who might be interested in applying. All applicants must submit a completed application form and two letters of recommendation. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than February 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST in order to be eligible. New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May.
Favorite Tweets of the Week
Finally, here are some of our favorite tweets shared our partners across the country:
Have a great weekend and stay safe!