The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has mobilized its regional operations to assist emergency managers in Nevada determine the extent of damage and identify necessary federal assistance and assets following a strong earthquake near the state?s eastern border with Utah this morning.
So far, state and local responders have been meeting the needs of the residents in the affected area, and relief organizations such as the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross are actively working in concert to shelter displaced residents. Additionally, the Las Vegas Urban Search and Rescue team has been alerted for possible deployment and the Nevada National Guard is stand-by to provide support as needed.
Specialists from FEMA are in Nevada to support the response efforts already underway, and more federal resources are being sent to meet needs as they arise or are identified. Specifically, the federal efforts underway include:
FEMA Region IX, based in Oakland, Calif., has activated its Regional Response Coordination Center to coordinate requests for federal assistance and communicate with state and local emergency managers in the affected area. Regional disaster specialists have been identifying potential resources for emergency command and control equipment, water, Meals Ready to Eat, sheltering operations and joint state-federal preliminary damage assessment teams.
FEMA has deployed a regional Emergency Response Team-Advance to the Nevada state emergency operations in Carson City. Among other disaster specialists from FEMA, the team includes an earthquake specialist capable of providing technical assistance to the state and a structural engineer from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 6.0-magnitude earthquake centered 11 miles east, southeast of Wells, Nev., near the Utah border. The earthquake?s depth was 6.2 miles below the surface.
While state, local and federal responders assess damage and work to protect lives and property, it is critical for residents in the impacted to be aware of the potential for aftershocks and ongoing dangerous conditions due to the earthquake.
Residents can help themselves and the emergency responders by knowing the following:
What to do after an Earthquake
- Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
- Listen to a battery-operated radio or television. Listen for the latest emergency information.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
- Open cabinets cautiously. Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.
- Stay away from damaged areas. Stay away unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire or relief organizations. If you evacuated your home, return home only when authorities say it is safe.
- Help injured or trapped persons. Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance such as infants, the elderly and people with disabilities. Give first aid where appropriate. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help.
- Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately. Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals.
- Inspect the entire length of chimneys for damage. Unnoticed damage could lead to a fire. Be wary of using fireplaces until a qualified professional has declared them safe.
- Inspect utilities.
- Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the b...