Posts Tagged ‘flood’

FEMA Seeks Comments On Public Assistance Insurance Policy

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

FEMA is seeking comments from insurance companies and associations on a proposed policy which requires applicants of its Public Assistance program to obtain and maintain insurance coverage equal to the assistance FEMA provided. Comments must be submitted through the process outlined in the Federal Register notice and are due on December 8, 2014. In 2013, the Public Assistance program obligated more than $4.5 billion.

Under Federal law, applicants who receive assistance under the Public Assistance program are required to obtain and maintain insurance coverage for the peril which caused the damage for at least the amount of funding FEMA provided. The proposed policy, among other things, clarifies that this requirement extends to both flood and non-flood events and can be satisfied through a variety of options including commercial insurance, blanket polices, insurance pools, self-insurance or a combination of these options.

The Public Assistance Program provides grants to state, territorial, local, and federally recognized tribal governments and certain private non-profit entities to assist them with the response to and recovery from disasters. Specifically, the program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure such as roads and bridges, water control facilities, public buildings and contents, public utilities, and parks, recreational, and other facilities.

The Public Assistance Policy on Insurance was posted to the Federal Register this morning. The notice and related documents can be accessed here.

Disaster Averted During Flood at Washington State Archives

Posted on: April 25th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

Washington State Archives employee Karen Ferguson noticed a burst pipe upon arriving at work this morning (Friday, April 25, 2014). Thanks to a quick response, the water was turned off and the records immediately assessed for damage.

State Archivist Steve Excell noted that despite exposure to water, all of the items in their collection could be saved and the damage had not gone too far.

Read the full story on The News Tribune’s website.

 

Participate in EMI’s Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) Series

Posted on: November 21st, 2013 by Jessica Unger | SHEP

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering monthly Virtual Tabletop Exercises (VTTX). The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures. These exercises provide an excellent opportunity for your cultural agencies to engage with your EMA to further customize the scenario to include cultural and historic resources. Upcoming VTTX include tornado, wildland fire, flood, and hurricane scenarios.

The VTTX differs from other tabletop exercises in that it is conducted using Video-Teleconference (VTC) technology (not web based), and is intended to provide an opportunity for responders across the nation to participate simultaneously in a hazard-specific facilitated discussion. Lead facilitation for the exercise will be coordinated by EMI, with local facilitation provided by the participating EMA. This format will allow the common delivery of exercise materials, scenarios, modules, and discussion questions among those participating in the exercise.

The cultural heritage emergency network COSTEP MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts) participated in the EMI tornado VTTX offered in early 2013. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency worked with COSTEP MA to further customize the scenario to focus specifically on cultural and historic resource issues. The collaboration has since led to the drafting of a document that will establish Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines to be used by COSTEP MA personnel following a major disaster. Great things can result when you collaborate!

Click here for the VTTX schedule and more information.

“When Disaster Strikes” Presentation

Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Ohio

On May 2, 2013, Polygon Specialist Summer Street gave a presentation entitled “When Disaster Strikes.” This presentation utilized two case studies to outline the proper protocol surrounding emergency response procedures for documents and books. The cases focused on massive floodwater intrusion in a records management facility and a library. Summer discussed the basics of document drying and restoration, techniques, and best practices for successful recovery. The annual meeting followed with a discussion of dPlan and roundtable reporting/discussion of each institution’s disaster planning progress.