ARCHIVE

PHILIPPINE DEPLOYMENT

posted Dec 10, 2013, 7:09 AM by Kansas Nebraska Disaster Relief   [ updated Dec 18, 2013, 6:03 AM ]

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Information is beginning to come to us in a more solid format for work teams that will be needed in the Philippines to help with cleanup/rebuild efforts following the typhoon. Please read carefully what is being asked of people that desire to go. There are two deployments listed cu...rrently, but there will be nine total projects with multiple deployments each. More deployments are forthcoming.

Because this is a short turn around on these first two requests people will need to already have a passport book available and must start working on obtaining the necessary shots to be able to go. Communications will be done through Larry Thomas (LThomas@kncsb.org) or Lora Robinson (LRobinson@kncsb.org). Once people/teams need to be scheduled then you will need to work through Lora.

The current information we have is below, please read carefully:

PROJECT INFORMATION

Project location: Gibitngil, Medellin, Philippines

Project name & description: 2013 Northern Cebu Island Typhoon Response - Gibitngil Recovery. This project would focus on the elementary school which is the center of the communityand is the main source of rain drain water. Roofing would be replacing tin sheets and gutters on the principal's office-teachers' room plus the middle section of the building housing the lower grades (K-Grade 4). The Grade 5-Grade 6 building will need extensive reconstruction due to damage from the typhoon in the form of rafters, tin and determining the integrity of the hollow block walls that are standing. Other possible work sites would be homes of widows, elderly and single mothers who have no family members to help with the recovery.

Specific type of work: Re-roof portions of the elementary school and some homes; planting of small family gardens.

a.Work environment: ibitngil is a small island off the northwest coast, approximately 3 hours drive and 20 minute boat ride from Cebu City, of Cebu island. It is a part of the municipality of Medellin. 449 families live on the island and almost every structure was damaged during Typhoon Haiyan. There is no fresh water on the island other than rain water. There is no electricity. The land is very rocky with a little layer of top soil. The trees on the island have been either striped of their leaves or uprooted so there is little shade. The people living here are basically fishermen who have to go further out to sea to catch any fish. Currently, the government has posted a ban on sardine fishing due to the overfishing after the storm. Some are trying to farm spring onions with no knowledge of how to plant. Some portion of north-northeast side of the island had storm surge and the land may need to rehabilited.

b.People groups: Filipinos living in the community as well as Filipino BGR partners will be working alongside the volunteers and taking the lead. Most can understand some English but maybe shy to use their English.

Specific Dates: CHECK BACK FOR MORE DATES....FIRST TWO FILLED QUICKLY!
(7 working days/3 travel)



PLEASE SPECIFY THE DATE OF INTEREST WHEN CONTACTING LARRY OR LORA

VOLUNTEER/TEAM REQUIREMENTS

Specific skills needed and/or recommended: Carpenters who can work with hand tools not electric or battery-powered ones. Able to climb and do heavy work.

Can collegiate serve on this project? YES, need to be willing to work hard in a difficult situation.

Team size: 4-6 Carpenters (we will combine volunteers from multiple states to make teams)

Health considerations: This is hot, tropical climate with bright sunshine and occasional rain showers. Medical help could be in Medellin or Bogo (nearest city) or in Cebu City, 3 hours away. Mosquitos are numerous though there is no dengue or malaria at this time.

Special service items to bring: Tools can be purchased and left for future teams. If you have a special tool you wish to use, you can bring it considering weight in your luggage and it could be lost.

TRANSPORTATION

Airport of arrival: Mactan, Cebu International Airport, Cebu City, Philippines (DO NOT BUY TICKETS UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN TOLD TO DO SO)

Local transportation: rented vehicles, bus, taxis, outrigger boats or small fishing boats

LODGING

Probable lodging: Lodging house in Medellin or Bogo each night, it could be air conditioned or ceiling fan but electricity may not be reliable. Food eateries but Filipino food only. Local bakery with bread and sweet rolls and instant coffee and soft drinks and juice and bottled water are available.

Items needed: If staying on the island, tent, sleeping bags, towels, personal items

EXPENSES – ON THE FIELD


Total approx cost: Cost of plane ticket PLUS $500+ for personal shopping (included but not limited to the following)

Transportation: from and to airport, workside and lodging

Onsite expenses: food, lodging, translators

Airport taxes/ecit fees (often only payable in US $)

Special service items to purchase on the field.


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Personal items to bring: sun screen, sun glasses, caps, light slicker, sweat towels flashlight,medications, first aid kit, mosquito repellant, comfortable working shoes that can get wet, flip flops, snacks items or simple comfort food

Cultural considerations: smoking, drinking and foul language will be totally unacceptable; idioms are not understood and are taken literally; different level of English will be used and understood; no physical touching between the opposite sex regardless of age.


Clothing recommendations/suggestions: Cotton, lightweight, fast drying; sunscreen, sunglasses, and caps, light slicker


Money: Change money in Cebu, possibly in the airport (ATM/Credit Cards will not be available in most locations due to lack of electricity…plan ahead for cash/money orders)


Communications: Nothing on the island but in Medellin or Bogo there would be phone/cell service and internet available most of the time.


Due to the time involved in getting prepared we ask that you disseminate this information as quickly as possible before teams fill up.

Thank you

Philippine Update 11/26/13

posted Nov 26, 2013, 4:49 PM by Kansas Nebraska Disaster Relief   [ updated Dec 18, 2013, 6:04 AM ]

Dear Friend,

Last night, our BGR Disaster Assessment Response Team and I visited a community on the island of Cebu. We entered villages and determined what necessities people possessed and what items they still needed.

When we arrived at this community, locals seemed completely overwhelmed that anyone from the outside world would care for them. In the first house we surveyed, we prayed with the couple. The husband looked so despondent. He had made about $1.50 per day cutting weeds from cornfields, but he could no longer work. He and his wife have eight children.

His wife wept before and during our prayer.

After we prayed, I noticed our translator was crying too. This is a very, very, sad situation, and it is a blessing to represent the One who can offer them hope.

For these people, the road to recovery will be very long and very difficult. With your help, we can assist them every step of the way. I urge you to partner with us in ministry and help us provide for their needs.

In Him,

Pat Melancon, Managing Director of Disaster Response and Training
 

Philippine Blog

posted Nov 20, 2013, 2:29 PM by Kansas Nebraska Disaster Relief   [ updated Dec 18, 2013, 6:04 AM ]

HELPING IN TIMES OF DISASTER

(compiled from an article by Ed Stetzer)

 

This is a big deal. The death toll is expected to rise sharply. The stories coming out of the Philippines are heartbreaking.

 

You could rush off to the Philippines and it might make you feel better, but it's probably not the best thing.

 

Your Southern Baptist Convention, network, and agencies already have staff and plans, and trusted churches are also already taking action. Shipping blankets might make you feel better, but sending money through reputable sources makes more sense.

 

Pastor, grabbing some relief supplies and a camera is not what the Philippines need right now.

 

Here are three ways you can get involved and organizations to help you do so...

 

1. In most cases monetary donations are more helpful than volunteers or supplies.

Yes, we live in a world where some want to DO more than they want to HELP, but at the end of the day that is more selfish than helpful. Ministering to disaster victims should be about meeting their needs, not fulfilling our need to feel helpful. It's perhaps not as personally fulfilling as delivering a warm meal in a storm shelter, but it is an effective way to help.

 

Furthermore, don't send supplies. The cost to ship them is far too high and you don't know the needs on the ground. Send money. Local leaders can buy the supplies.

 

2. The best way to support is through established, reputable relief agencies.

International Mission Board disaster response arm, Baptist Global Response (BGR) is on the ground in the Philippines. Pat Melancamp BGR representative to the Steering Committee of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is our direct connection on the front line of the relief efforts already on the ground. BGR is charged with organizing, specialty training, and coordinating support from stateside Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams and churches. Your Southern Baptist disaster relief system is much more efficient and beneficial to the victims than you setting up your own pipeline.

 

I could go on and on. There is no reason for you to not get involved. You (and your church) can do so right now through your trusted denominational relief agency.

 

3. By giving to agencies already in place, you minimize inefficiency and get resources to the areas of need.

Giving directly can be helpful if you have friends and relationships in an impacted area, but it is almost always better stewardship to give through a disaster relief organization. During times of extreme devastation like the Japanese and Christmas Eve tsunamis, the Haitian earthquake, or Hurricane Katrina, relief opportunities pop up all over the place.

 

The problem is that some of them are bogus, set up on the fly by hucksters using a coffee shop WI-FI and their black-ops PayPal account. Others are rife with overhead expenses creating what amounts to an organization of jobs where much stays home and little relief is accomplished. Others are just inefficient because they are not prepared to deal with the influx of funds.

 

The best way you can help those affected by Haiyan in the Philippines is to give generously to one of the organizations identified above so that they may use the resources you give them in whatever ways they need most.

 

More disasters are coming. They always do. Be prepared, not just for the disaster, but to serve the hurting in these critical times. Perhaps you and your church might use this opportunity to learn how you might be prepared for disaster relief efforts nationally and have connections to do so globally.

 

 

Philippians - Disaster Trip

posted Nov 16, 2013, 10:30 AM by Kansas Nebraska Disaster Relief   [ updated Dec 18, 2013, 6:04 AM ]

To KS/NE DR Leadership and associations,

 

The Kansas/Nebraska Disaster Relief team is looking to deploy disaster relief personnel and churches with a desire to assist in bringing help, healing and hope to victims of the Philippine typhoon.

 

At this time Bob Mills stated that we will retain 50% of whatever is sent to KNCSB DR to assist in sending teams and churches to the Philippines to fulfill our responsibilities as disciples of Jesus to provide "a cup of cold water" in person. If we cannot raise teams and churches to go then we will send any remaining money on to states that are actually able to mobilize and respond.

 

Funding sent to KNCSB designated for Disaster Relief is the ONLY way to ensure donations will be either sent on to disaster relief organizations on location or assist Kansas-Nebraska disaster relief personnel and CHURCHES go and be the Love of God in action for victims.  Therefore, donations to support victims of the Philippine disaster should be sent directly to Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists and identified for support of Philippine operations. 

 

A word about responding: First out Baptist Global Response (BGR) SPHERE trained teams from Texas will be followed by teams from Georgia to assess how best Southern Baptist Disaster Relief can respond and establish long-term recovery/rebuild efforts. We will work to get in line now and recruit teams and churches. However, I expect that it may be January-February before we can get to the Philippines with our first groups. Media will play a major role in this disaster for about another two weeks and then the real work to sustain relief, recovery, and rebuild begins. We must take a long-term approach to ministry to help the people of the Philippines recover. 

 

If you or your church are interested in being a part of this effort to help the Philippines please contact Lora Robinson at lrobinson@kncsb.org or 316-833-1580

 

The latest updates are always available at www.kncsbdr.org

 

Yerevan, Armenia

posted Nov 16, 2013, 8:13 AM by Kansas Nebraska Disaster Relief   [ updated Dec 18, 2013, 6:04 AM ]

IF you are interested in this opportunity please contact Lora Robinson at lrobinson@kncsb.org.  Please notice that this is NOT a reimbursable trip.

Date of Request: Aug 5th, 2013

Project End Date:Aug 31st, 2014

PROJECT INFORMATION

1.     Project Location: Yerevan, Armenia

1.     Project Name: Syrian Community Relief and Development - Construction

1.     Contact Person/Project Director:    Chris Brown      Email: myarmenia@hotmail.com

2.        Phone:

1.     Specific Type of Work to Be Completed:  Construction: Lay brick, pour concrete, electrical... all types of construction. You will help build a new residential area alongside those that will be living in the community. This new area is for Armenian refugees who have left their homes in Syria and are relocating in Armenia (because of war). The homes are being built from stone and concrete.

a.    Work environment (geographic setting): You will be working in a dry, mostly flat, hot environment. Elevation is about 3000 feet. The area for work is a rural area just outside of the capital city of Yerevan (10 minutes away).

b.    People Group that volunteers will be working with: You will be working with Armenian people, those that are from Armenia and Syrian Armenian people as well. Syrian Armenian people are the target group.

1.     Specific Dates if applicable (or TBD):

a.    Approx. Length of stay including travel time from the U.S. (or other country): 7-9 days with travel, 5-7 days in country.

VOLUNTEER/TEAM REQUIREMENTS

1.     Specific skills needed and/or recommended including possible educational requirements and/or credentials if needed: Construction teams needed to help build the community center and people’s homes. We need people that can work with brick and concrete. Electrical and plumbing is also needed.

1.     Can college students serve in this project? yes

1.     Team Size (minimum/maximum; gender preference, if any): any size up to 12 people

1.     Health considerations/requirements: Need to be in GOOD health. Healthcare facilities are minimal at best in country. The area in which we are working is HOT in summer.

1.     Special items to bring for your assignment: Tool belt.

TRANSPORTION

1.     Airport of Arrival Yerevan International Airport, (EVN).

1.     Local Transportation: Van

LODGING

1.     Probable lodging arrangements: Ministry Center Hotel.

1.     What, if any, additional items like sleeping bags, sheets, etc. needed: none

EXPENSES – ON THE FIELD

1.     Total Approximate cost: In country cost is as follows

a.    Housing – 40 per person per day – includes breakfast

b.    Translator – 10 per person per day

c.    Transportation – 15 per person per day

d.    Food – 25-30 per person per day

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

1.     Personal Items to bring: Items for the project (if necessary) .

1.     Cultural Considerations (including language): Armenians are a warm people; they are hospitable and are careful with guests. They are a fun people who like to laugh and have a good time as well. The primary language is Armenian, though most speak a second or language.

1.     Other Special Consideration(s)

a.    Specific immunizations:

b.            Visa needs/requirements: Visas can be purchased at the airport in Yerevan or online at http://www.mfa.am/eVisa/  - we recommend purchasing online.

c.    Specific security concerns (STS): Working with Global Hope Partners – Armenia as a volunteer doing a project related to Syrian Armenian relief efforts.

d.    Information for landing cards/entry forms: Just basic information is needed from you.

e.    Climate: Hot is summer (95-110 in August) to cold in Winter (30-35 in Jan)

f.     Clothing recommendation(s)/suggestions: Wear clothes that will protect you from the sun. Nights will be cooler so bring a light jacket (seasonal).

g.    Cash, travelers checks, credit cards/ATM’s: Can us ATM’s to withdraw local currency, bring cash in USD.

h.    Communication/email availability (or lack thereof): Internet is available at the hotel for free.

i.      Emergency contact info: Chris Brown

j.      Other:

Tropical Storm Karen Update

posted Oct 5, 2013, 3:31 AM by Kansas Nebraska Disaster Relief   [ updated Oct 10, 2013, 4:49 PM ]

BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM KAREN ADVISORY NUMBER 9
SAT OCT 05 2013 400 AM CDT

...KAREN MOVING NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD TOWARD THE NORTHERN GULF COAST...


 

...KAREN MOVING NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD TOWARD THE NORTHERN GULF COAST...

SUMMARY OF 400 AM CDT...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
LOCATION...27.1N 91.3W ABOUT 180 MI...290 KM S OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA ABOUT 195 MI...310 KM SW OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 330 DEGREES AT 8 MPH...13 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1007 MB...29.74 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...

NONE

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...

* MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA TO THE MOUTH OF THE PEARL RIVER

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...

* METROPOLITAN NEW ORLEANS * LAKE MAUREPAS * LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN * EAST OF THE MOUTH OF THE PEARL RIVER TO INDIAN PASS FLORIDA

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 48 HOURS.

INTERESTS ELSEWHERE ALONG THE NORTHEASTERN COAST OF THE GULF OF MEXICO SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF KAREN.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITED STATES...INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
AT 400 AM CDT...0900 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM KAREN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 27.1 NORTH...LONGITUDE 91.3 WEST. KAREN IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 8 MPH...13 KM/H. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTH IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHEAST IS EXPECTED TONIGHT...AND A NORTHEASTWARD MOTION WITH AN INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED ON SUNDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF KAREN IS ANTICIPATED TO BE NEAR THE COAST IN THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING AREA TONIGHT OR SUNDAY MORNING.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MPH...65 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES...185 KM FROM THE CENTER.

THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY AIR FORCE RESERVE AND NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT IS 1007 MB...29.74 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN PORTIONS OF THE WARNING AREA BY THIS AFTERNOON. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN PORTIONS OF THE WATCH AREA TONIGHT AND SUNDAY.

STORM SURGE...THE COMBINATION OF STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY RISING WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING HEIGHTS ABOVE GROUND IF THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE...

TERREBONNE BAY TO WEST OF APALACHEE BAY...1 TO 3 FT APALACHEE BAY INCLUDING CEDAR KEY...2 TO 4 FT SOUTH OF APALACHEE BAY TO TAMPA BAY...1 TO 2 FT

THE HIGHEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST...WHERE THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY DANGEROUS WAVES. SURGE-RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE...AND CAN VARY GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

RAINFALL...KAREN IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL GULF COAST AND SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES THROUGH MONDAY EVENING...MAINLY NEAR AND TO THE RIGHT OF THE PATH OF THE CENTER. ISOLATED STORM TOTAL AMOUNTS OF 6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE.

NEXT ADVISORY
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY...700 AM CDT. NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...1000 AM CDT.

Tropical Storm Karen Weakens

posted Oct 4, 2013, 3:37 AM by Kansas Nebraska Disaster Relief   [ updated Oct 10, 2013, 4:49 PM ]

BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM KAREN ADVISORY NUMBER 5
FRI OCT 04 2013 400 AM CDT

...KAREN WEAKENS A LITTLE...


 

EXPECTED TO RE-INTENSIFY SATURDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHT...

SUMMARY OF 400 AM CDT...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
LOCATION...24.9N 89.8W ABOUT 295 MI...470 KM S OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1002 MB...29.59 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...

NONE

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...

* GRAND ISLE LOUISIANA TO WEST OF DESTIN FLORIDA

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...

* GRAND ISLE LOUISIANA TO THE MOUTH OF THE PEARL RIVER

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...

* WEST OF GRAND ISLE TO EAST OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA * METROPOLITAN NEW ORLEANS * LAKE MAUREPAS * LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN * DESTIN TO INDIAN PASS FLORIDA

A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA. A WATCH IS TYPICALLY ISSUED 48 HOURS BEFORE THE ANTICIPATED FIRST OCCURRENCE OF TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS...

CONDITIONS THAT MAKE OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS DIFFICULT OR DANGEROUS.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 48 HOURS.

INTERESTS ELSEWHERE IN THE NORTHERN AND NORTHEASTERN COASTS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF KAREN.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITED STATES...INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
AT 400 AM CDT...0900 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM KAREN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 24.9 NORTH...LONGITUDE 89.8 WEST. KAREN IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH...17 KM/H. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTH WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY WITH A GRADUAL TURN TO THE NORTHEAST SATURDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHT. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF KAREN IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR THE COAST WITHIN THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING AREA ON SATURDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHT.

REPORTS FROM AIR FORCE RESERVE AND NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 60 MPH...95 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS EXPECTED TODAY AND TONIGHT...WITH SOME STRENGTHENING POSSIBLE SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES...220 KM MAINLY TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE CENTER..

THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY THE AIR FORCE AND NOAA AIRCRAFT IS 1002 MB...29.59 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND...HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN PORTIONS OF THE HURRICANE WATCH AREA ON SATURDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHT. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN PORTIONS OF THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING AREA BY TONIGHT OR SATURDAY MORNING.

STORM SURGE...THE COMBINATION OF STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY RISING WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING HEIGHTS ABOVE GROUND IF THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE...

WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO TERREBONNE BAY...1 TO 3 FT MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO MOBILE BAY...3 TO 5 FT EAST OF MOBILE BAY TO WEST OF APALACHEE BAY...1 TO 3 FT APALACHEE BAY...2 TO 4 FT SOUTH OF APALACHEE BAY TO TAMPA BAY...1 TO 2 FT

THE HIGHEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST NEAR AND TO THE EAST OF WHERE LANDFALL OCCURS...WHERE THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY DANGEROUS WAVES. SURGE-RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE...AND CAN VARY GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

RAINFALL...KAREN IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN GULF COAST THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT...MAINLY NEAR AND TO THE RIGHT OF THE PATH OF THE CENTER. ISOLATED STORM TOTAL AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE.

NEXT ADVISORY
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY...700 AM CDT. NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...1000 AM CDT.

Tropical Storm Karen

posted Oct 3, 2013, 7:39 AM by Kansas Nebraska Disaster Relief   [ updated Oct 10, 2013, 4:48 PM ]

 

 811
WTNT32 KNHC 031304
TCPAT2

BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM KAREN SPECIAL ADVISORY NUMBER 1
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL122013
800 AM CDT THU OCT 03 2013

...TROPICAL STORM FORMS OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO...
...HURRICANE AND TROPICAL STORM WATCHES ISSUED FOR THE NORTHERN GULF
COAST...


SUMMARY OF 800 AM CDT...1300 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...22.0N 87.6W
ABOUT 40 MI...65 KM NW OF CABO CATOCHE MEXICO
ABOUT 500 MI...805 KM S OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 340 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1004 MB...29.65 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...

A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM GRAND ISLE LOUISIANA EASTWARD TO
INDIAN PASS FLORIDA. THIS WATCH DOES NOT INCLUDE METROPOLITAN NEW
ORLEANS...LAKE MAUREPAS...OR LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEST OF GRAND ISLE TO
MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA...METROPOLITAN NEW ORLEANS...LAKE
MAUREPAS...AND LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* GRAND ISLE LOUISIANA TO INDIAN PASS FLORIDA

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* WEST OF GRAND ISLE TO MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA...
* METROPOLITAN NEW ORLEANS
* LAKE MAUREPAS
* LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN

A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE
WITHIN THE WATCH AREA. A WATCH IS TYPICALLY ISSUED 48 HOURS
BEFORE THE ANTICIPATED FIRST OCCURRENCE OF TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE
WINDS...CONDITIONS THAT MAKE OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS DIFFICULT OR
DANGEROUS.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 48 HOURS.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
AT 800 AM CDT...1300 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM KAREN WAS
LOCATED BY AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT NEAR
LATITUDE 22.0 NORTH...LONGITUDE 87.6 WEST. KAREN IS MOVING TOWARD
THE NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 13 MPH...20 KM/H. A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD
THE NORTH AND A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED ARE EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 60 MPH...95 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS...AND
KAREN IS EXPECTED TO BE AT OR NEAR HURRICANE STRENGTH ON FRIDAY.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 90 MILES...150 KM
FROM THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE BASED ON DATA FROM THE AIR
FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT IS 1004 MB...29.65 INCHES.


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND...HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN PORTIONS OF THE
HURRICANE WATCH AREA BY SATURDAY MORNING...WITH TROPICAL STORM
CONDITIONS POSSIBLE BY LATE FRIDAY.

RAINFALL...KAREN IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE AREAS OF HEAVY RAINFALL OVER
PORTIONS OF WESTERN CUBA AND THE NORTHEASTERN YUCATAN PENINSULA
DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO.

Nebraska Emergency Mgmt Update on Flooding

posted Sep 21, 2013, 5:42 PM by Kansas Nebraska Disaster Relief   [ updated Sep 22, 2013, 4:03 PM ]

September 19, 2013, 4:15 p.m., CDT

 

 

South Platte River Levels to Remain High for Several Days

LINCOLN, Neb. – Though the floodwaters may have crested in Big Springs, Brule and Ogallala in western Nebraska, the National Weather Service predicts high river levels will remain for several days. The debris in the water may contribute to additional flooding.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are urging outdoor recreationists to stay away from standing or moving floodwater in western and central Nebraska.

On Wednesday, a canoe capsized in debris about a mile east of the Colorado state line, and Game and Parks officers rescued one man from the South Platte River west of Big Springs. Response to the rescue included Big Springs, Ogallala and Keystone/Lemoyne volunteer fire departments, as well as the Lake McConaughy Dive Rescue team.

"Anyone who enters swiftly flowing water risks drowning, regardless of his or her ability to swim," said Earl Imler, response and recovery manager at NEMA. "Do not drive through flooded areas or around road barriers, or traffic barricades, as a road or bridge may be washed out."

The sections below and others will be included in a daily release sent by NEMA for the duration of this event.

NEMA

A field team from NEMA is positioned in Ogallala to assist local emergency managers and local officials with flood monitoring, preparation and response. This team is composed of six staff and the Mobile Operations Center.

The State Emergency Operations Center continues to operate at NEMA’s headquarters in Lincoln. NEMA staff is assisting the public and officials along the South Platte River respond to the flooding, and providing information to the NEMA field team. Also working closely with NEMA staff are several state agencies including, Nebraska National Guard, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Environmental Quality, State Fire Marshal, Nebraska State Patrol and Nebraska Department of Roads, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission. Page 2 of 4

National Guard

Four Nebraska National Guardsmen in two Humvees have responded to the South Platte River area to support local emergency operations. National Guard Soldiers are working with the NEMA field team collecting information in the flooded area.

http://www.511.nebraska.gov/atis/html/index.html Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR). Call 511 or check online at

Also check out NDOR’s new mobile site at: www.ndortraveler.nebraska.gov

Road Closures: NDOR closed Road L25B into Big Springs late Wednesday afternoon and it remains closed today. While the I-80 link to Big Springs is closed, people can still exit off of I-80 heading south. L51A into Brule is closed, but, again, people can take the I-80 exit if they are headed south.

Drivers need to use caution all along the South Platte River. Other roads are intermittently closed for removal of debris caught on bridges. Drivers should use caution. Do not drive through flood waters.

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality urges people to avoid contact with floodwaters. The public is cautioned about contact with water in the river, standing pools or backwaters which could be contaminated.

http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/flooding.aspx Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) has activated its flood webpage at:

Private water well owners in soon-to-be-flooded areas should take precautions to prevent their drinking water from being contaminated. Well owners should take the following steps if they believe their well will be impacted:

Before taking the well out of service, store a supply of clean water

Disconnect the power supply for the well. Consult a Nebraska-licensed well driller or pump installer if help is needed

Perform actions necessary to make the well water-tight, including removing the well vent and replacing it with a water-tight plug, and sealing any visible joint openings with water-tight caulking or equivalent material

Tetanus Shots for People in Flooded areas

Tetanus immunization is recommended for all adults every 10 years. Exposure to floodwaters doesn’t increase the risk of tetanus according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, if you get a severe wound or deep cut, check with your health care provider to see if you need a booster. Tetanus is an infectious disease, but it’s not spread from one person to another. The bacteria that cause tetanus are found in the soil and usually enter the body through a wound. The infection is very serious and will involve a long hospital stay. Surviving tetanus disease doesn’t create immunity. The only way to guarantee future protection is through immunization.

State Fire Marshal

State Fire Marshal staff is in the field monitoring the effects of rising water on propane storage and other fire hazards. Page 3 of 4

American Red Cross

As the water from Colorado flows into Nebraska, more than a dozen American Red Cross disaster action workers from North Platte, Kearney, Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha continue to prepare for potential flooding in communities along the South Platte River.

On Wednesday afternoon, Red Cross workers delivered food and water to people who were filling sandbags in Hershey, and delivered water to Big Springs. Communities in the path of the rising river are mobilizing with the Red Cross. Red Cross workers have met with Southern Baptist and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and are working closely with the Salvation Army Partners. In addition, the Red Cross is positioned to open shelters in nine communities along the South Platte River, should homeowners be forced out of their homes. Shelters will provide displaced residents with a safe place to stay, a place to sleep, a hot meal, minor first aid, referrals and a shoulder to lean on.

Shelter App: People can locate a shelter by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., or downloading the Red Cross Shelter App.

Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family: • Prescriptions and emergency medications • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

www.redcross.org

Salvation Army

A North Platte Salvation Army emergency disaster services team is ready to help and another team from Kearney is on standby. Disaster services range from distributing food and clothing, to providing counseling and support, and sometimes even providing temporary shelter. http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/western.

Oregon Trail Baptist Association

The Oregon Trail Baptist Association out of North Platte is also available to provide meals as needed.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): flood safety web links, in English and Spanish

After the Storm

Flood Recovery

Personal Hygiene After a Disaster

Reentering Your Flooded Home

Cleanup of Flood Water

After a Flood

Mold After a Disaster

Worker Safety

Worker Safety After a Flood

Storm, Flood and Hurricane Response

Response, Cleanup & Safety for Workers

Water Safety

Drinking Water Wells

Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox

Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Learning & Awareness

Floods PSAs

Educational Materials

Additional Resources

Before the Storm Page 4 of 4

Key Facts About Flood Readiness

What Consumers Need to Know About Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods [FDA]

Spanish (en español)

Inundaciones

Antes de la tormenta

Datos importantes sobre los preparativos para una inundación o Medidas Básicas

o Advertencias o alertas

o Suministros de emergencia

o Preparación para la evacuación

o Órdenes de evacuar

o Órdenes de NO evacuar

Protección y seguridad del agua y los alimentos en caso de huracán, falta de energía eléctrica e inundaciones - Lo que usted necesita saber o en français (French)

Después de la tormenta

Recuperación después de huracanes e inundaciones

Desinfección e higiene

Cómo volver a entrar a su casa después de una inundación

Limpieza después de una inundación

El moho después de un desastre

Seguridad de los Trabajadores

Seguridad de los trabajadores después de una inundación

Seguridad de los trabajadores (NIOSH)

Recursos Relacionados

Emergencias químicas

Vacunación contra el tétanos

Virus del Nilo Occidental

Septic Systems After a Flood [EPA]

PSAs

Prevenga el moho después de un desastre natural

Cómo manejar la depresión y las tendencias de suicidio después de un desastre natural

From Listo.gov (ready.gov)

· Inundaciones

List of County Emergency Managers List of Nebraska Local Health Departments

For flooding information visit: http://www.nema.ne.gov/newsroom/flooding-information.shtml

Ingrid Reduced to Tropical Storm

posted Sep 16, 2013, 7:37 AM by Kansas Nebraska Disaster Relief   [ updated Oct 2, 2013, 4:37 PM ]

524
WTNT35 KNHC 161158
TCPAT5

BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM INGRID INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 16A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL102013
700 AM CDT MON SEP 16 2013

...INGRID WEAKENS TO A TROPICAL STORM AS IT MAKES LANDFALL
NEAR LA PESCA...
...HEAVY RAINS SPREADING INLAND...

SUMMARY OF 700 AM CDT...1200 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...23.8N 97.8W
ABOUT 0 MI...0 KM N OF LA PESCA MEXICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...65 MPH...100 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...991 MB...29.26 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...

THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS DISCONTINUED THE HURRICANE WARNING
AND HURRICANE WATCH. THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING SOUTH OF CABO ROJO
HAS BEEN BEEN DISCONTINUED.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* CABO ROJO NORTHWARD TO RIO SAN FERNANDO

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
RADAR IMAGERY FROM BROWNSVILLE TEXAS AND DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE
RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT INGRID HAS WEAKENED
TO A TROPICAL STORM...AND THAT THE CENTER MADE LANDFALL WITHIN THE
PAST HOUR NEAR LA PESCA MEXICO.

AT 700 AM CDT...1200 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE INGRID WAS
LOCATED JUST INLAND NEAR LATITUDE 23.8 NORTH...LONGITUDE 97.8 WEST.
INGRID IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH...17
KM/H...AND A TURN TO THE WEST IS EXPECTED LATER THIS MORNING...
FOLLOWED BY A TURN TO THE WEST-SOUTHWEST TONIGHT. THE CENTER OF
INGRID WILL MOVE FARTHER INLAND TODAY AND TONIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 65 MPH...100
KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST AS
INGRID MOVES INLAND TODAY.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105 MILES...165
KM...MAINLY NORTHEAST OF THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 991 MB...29.26 INCHES.


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
RAINFALL...INGRID IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE 10 TO 15 INCHES OF RAIN
OVER A LARGE PART OF EASTERN MEXICO...WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 25
INCHES POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY IN AREAS OF MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. THESE
RAINS ARE LIKELY TO RESULT IN LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD
SLIDES.

WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE SPREADING OVER THE COAST WITHIN
THE WARNING AREA.

STORM SURGE...A DANGEROUS STORM SURGE WILL RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS
MUCH AS 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS ALONG THE IMMEDIATE
COAST NEAR AND TO THE NORTH OF WHERE THE CENTER OF INGRID MAKES
LANDFALL. NEAR THE COAST...THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE
AND DESTRUCTIVE WAVES.


NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...1000 AM CDT.

$$
FORECASTER BROWN

1-10 of 13