News Alert: Private Sector Advisory from FEMA SUPPORT FOR HURRICANE IRMA - September 17, 2017
Posted: 9/18/2017 8:29:52 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

 

Private Sector Advisory

 

SUPPORT FOR HURRICANE IRMA

 

September 17, 2017

 

 

 

Thank you for your commitment, collaboration, and partnership responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This marathon of a hurricane season continues with Hurricanes Jose, Lee, and Maria in the Atlantic yet to make landfall. The unprecedented activity this hurricane season has seen a remarkable level of unity of effort and message across the spectrum to help communities.  We have sent separate Private Sector Advisories to you about Hurricane Harvey, and this one will focus on Hurricane Irma.

 

President Donald J. Trump issued major disaster declarations for affected individuals and state, commonwealth, tribal, territorial, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in:

 

The Joint FEMA NBEOC – DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Private Sector Call will resume at 3 p.m. (EDT) Monday. The National Response Coordination Center remains activated at the highest support level for Regions II for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, and Region IV for the impacts of Hurricane Irma in Florida and Georgia.  The NBEOC dashboard continues to be updated and monitored including NOAA forecasts.  Updates from Region II and IV are below:

Region II Update

 

US Virgin Islands: The Community Foundation of the USVI “Fund for the Virgin Islands” is established.

 

Other sites for up-to-date information on the response and recovery to Hurricane Irma in the USVI:

 

 

Tourists in the U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Any tourists requiring transport off St. Thomas and St. John should contact the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism at 340-772-0357 for assistance or information.
  • The airports in Puerto Rico and St. Croix are open for commercial flights. Traffic at St. Thomas airport is limited at this time.

 

Region IV Update

 

Florida:

  

Our public private partnerships and collaborative efforts are “partnerships in action” that exemplify the strength of the whole community. We’ve begun to see the media cover some of these partnerships most significantly the brisk restoration of power only made possible by the coordination needed at all levels of government and industry. Please share these successes with us by emailing the NBEOC or sharing with us on Twitter @FEMA.  Additional partnership efforts:

 

·        IAEM/NEMA Unified Information Public Private Partnership Portal.

·        US Chamber of Commerce Foundation:

·        Articles on disaster response and related issues.

·        Irma Corporate Aid Tracker.

 

Since activating more than three weeks ago, the NBEOC coordinated with more than 250 companies and organizations on more than 350 inquiries, offers of assistance, and requests for information. This coordination is only one step towards communities, individuals, and businesses recovering from the impacts of these declared disasters.

 

Information for your Business:

·        SBA Disaster Response Contracts.

·        US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Disaster Help Desk for Business to navigate the recovery process.

·        Treasury Check Information System (TCIS) for questions about handling government ACH payments.  The U.S. Treasury number is 855-868-0151, follow voice prompt 2 and then 0.  You can self-enroll on this portal, then log in for verification of dollar amount, etc. by inputting the check number. 

 

Information for your employees affected by Hurricane Irma:

  • Residents and business owners in designated areas who sustained damage due to Hurricane Irma, and are able to do so, should apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English. To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative, please contact 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Donations

·        To donate or volunteer, contact the voluntary or charitable organization of your choice through the National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters (NVOAD).  For those who wish to help, cash donations offer voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover.

 


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