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March 3, 2021 --- Flood Warnings for parts of the Appalachians. Rain/Thunderstorms for the Southeast. Elevated Fire Weather for the Southwest. Flooding taking place in KY and WV.
March 2, 2021 --- Flash Flood Warnings are in effect for parts of KY and WV. Freezing Rain Possible for portions of the Southern Appalachians. Wind Chill Warnings/Advisories are in effect for parts of the Northeast.
March 1, 2021 --- Heavy rain & flash flooding for Southern Plains to Lower Mississippi Valley. Flash Flood Watches/Warnings for the Lower Mississippi Valley to Central Appalachians.
February 28, 2021 --- Severe Thunderstorms Possible for the Southern Plains to the Tennessee and Ohio Valley. Heavy Snow possible for WI & MI. Heavy Rain & Flash Flooding possible for parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley to Mid- Atlantic states. Freezing Rain Possible on parts of PA. Critical Fire Weather warning for AZ & NM.
February 27, 2021 --- Wintery Precipitation for the Pacific Northwest and for the Plains to the Northeast. Snow for the Pacific Northwest, Rockies and for the Plains. Heavy Rain and Flash Flooding possible for the Middle Mississippi Valley to Ohio Valley. Freezing Rain Possible for the Ohio Valley to the Northeast. Critical Fire Weather for Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Louisiana is requesting a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance for 64 parishes and Public Assistance for 31 parishes.
February 26, 2021 -- Heavy Snow Possible for the Pacific Northwest to Northern Rockies. Freezing Rain Possible from the Great Lakes to Southern/Central Appalachians. Heavy Rain and Thunderstorms Possible for the Southeast
February 25, 2021 -- Heavy Snow Possible for the Pacific Northwest to Northern Rockies. Oklahoma has been approved for a Major Disaster Declaration FEMA-4587-DR-OK. Individual Assistance has been approved for 16 counties. All the State’s 77 Counties have been approved for Public Assistance.
The Disaster Center is happy to be able to make FEMA’s Public Assistance Policy Guide Version 4 for Jurisdictions Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide Version 4: Effective June 2020 (PAPPG)
February 24, 2021 -- Heavy Snow Possible for part of the Central Rockies.
Oklahoma submitted a request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual and Public Assistance for all 77 counties (includes snow assistance)
February 23, 2021 -- Cold for the Rockies and High Plains. High Wind Warnings for Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas, bad combination. An amendment to Texas Severe Winter Storms (DR-4586-TX) adds 31 counties to those eligible for individual assistance.
February 22, 2021 -- Heavy Snow for the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies. Freezing Rain for parts of the Northern Plains, Upper Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, Appalachians, and Mid-Atlantic
Official Weekly Covid 19 report
Confirmed Cases: 27,882,557 (+465,089) 1.7 %
Confirmed Deaths: 496,112 (+38,350) 7.7%
As we approach 500,000 Covid 19 related deaths the bad/good news is that the difference between the rate of cases to the rate of deaths has undergone a great improvement.
February 21, 2021 -- Heavy Snow for the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies, and Central Plains. Freezing Rain for parts of the Pacific Northwest, Central Plains, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, and Southern Appalachians.
Food, Water, and Shelter:
Shelters: (ARC website 12:00 a.m. ET, Feb 21)
▪ TX: 39 (+8) shelters / 332 warming stations; 1,731 (-81) total occupants; OK: 4 (-9) shelters, 3 (-1) warming stations open; 48 total occupants
Water / Food:
▪ LA: 283 (+48) Boil Water Advisories affecting 1.3M (+200k) statewide; 75 (-23) water/ sewer systems outages affecting 112k (-123k)
▪ LA working to get bottled water to critical facilities in Bossier/Shreveport, but roads are impassable; 2M liters of water requested (Region VI SLB 6:30 p.m. ET, Feb 20)
▪ TX: 1,105 (+539) Boil Water Advisories affecting 14M statewide; 9.2M liters of water requested (Region VI SLB 6:30 p.m. ET, Feb 20)
▪ TX: 8 out of 21 food banks reporting unmet needs; 6.2M meals requested
Health and Medical:
▪ Fatalities: LA: 3 confirmed; TX: 9 confirmed (RVI Report 7:00 p.m. ET, Feb 19)
▪ Health Care Facilities: AR: 12 closed; 8 partially closed; LA: 2 closed, 9 partially closed; OK: 1 closed, 51 partially closed; TX: 115 closed, 501 partially closed, 89 unknown
▪ TX: counties report fewer than 50% of pharmacies are open (ASPR SLB 5:00 p.m. ET, Feb 20)
▪ LA: 47 (+17) hospitals reporting water issues, 1 (-6) hospitals, and 1 (-1) nursing home on generator power
▪ Dialysis, oxygen, and blood supply identified as areas of concern, multiple dialysis centers closed due to power/water pressure issues/boil water notices
▪ TX: RRF 410 (-1,690) oxygen cylinders requested; expected to be delivered Monday
Energy: As of 7:30 a.m. ET, Feb 21
▪ TX: 31k (-38k) customers without power (peak 3.4M)
▪ LA: 15k (-19k); customers without power
▪ Gas production coming back online (SLB 6:00 a.m. ET, Feb 21)
▪ 11 refineries reported full or near-full shutdown, impacting approximately 3.7M barrels per day (b/d); 20% of total U.S. capacity; some refineries may be offline for several weeks for repairs.
Disaster Declaration Activity:
February 20, 2021 -- Winter Storms for the Pacific Northwest to Upper Mississippi. Texas got the Major Disaster Declaration that it applied for yesterday –go to FEMA-4586-DR-TX for latest FEMA information. Individual Assistance is approved for 77 counties and Public Assistance was approved for all 254 counties. Federal Emergency Management Call line is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, 7 days a week:1-800-621-3362 (also for 711 & VRS) TTY 1-800-462-7585.
February 19, 2021 -- Winter Storms for the Pacific Northwest to the Plains and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast. Oklahoma and Louisiana have been approved for Emergency Declarations. Texas is making a request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual and Public Assistance for all 254 counties.
February 18, 2021 -- Heavy snow possible for the Southern Plains and Mid-Atlantic states. Severe thunderstorms possible for parts of the Southeast. Freezing rain possible for parts of the Northern Intermountain; Southern Plains, Lower Mississippi Valley and for the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast.
A Major Disaster Declaration has been approved for southeast AK for Public Assistance for most of Southeast Alaska. Incident Period: November 30 to December 2, 2020. ID has made a request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Requesting for Public Assistance for 4 counties and Emergency Declaration requests have been made for OK and LA.
The major winter storm that impacted the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley has moved into the Mid-Atlantic and will move into the Northeast with significant ice, sleet, and heavy snow.
Impacts from winter storms include OR: 119k (-34k) (7% of customers) without power. DC: Federal offices will be closed Feb 18. AL: 23 schools in 13 counties were closed, delayed, or operating virtually on. Feb 17. MS: 12 schools and districts closed Feb 17; 14 schools and districts will have distance learning Feb 18-19. Shelters are operational in: AL: 5 (-1) open with 150 occupants; 8 warming centers open in 8 counties. KY: 6 open with 25 occupants; 1 on standby; state using NG to support citizen transport to warming stations. MS: 5 open with unknown number of occupants; 6 on standby; warming/safe rooms open statewide for those without prolonged power. TN: 11 open with 230 occupants. OH: 2 warming centers open. TX: 15 non-American Red Cross shelters open with 1,068 occupants; 34 congregate shelters open with 1,140 occupants; 10 non-congregate; 134 warming shelters open.
Energy: Natural Gas: as of Feb 17, gas production in the U.S. South Central Region was down approximately 10 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), or 45% from the previous week, due to well head freeze-offs and natural gas processing plant outages caused by extreme cold. Production losses due to freeze-offs are temporary but it will take time for output to return to normal levels and the cumulative reduction over several days could be substantial. Gas suppliers are responding to high demands and high prices by withdrawing gas from storages. Storage draws in the U.S. South Central region are up 10 Bcf/d (100%) compared to pre-event withdrawals.
Petroleum: as of Feb 17, full or near-full refinery shutdowns reported at 9 refineries, accounting for 3.3 million barrels per day (b/d) of capacity, equal to about 18% of total U.S. refinery capacity; impacts are primarily concentrated in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Approximately 4 million b/c of U.S. oil production has been shut-in due to freeze-ups, icy roads, and power losses. This is equal to 35% of total U.S. crude oil production; most of the affected production is in the Permian Basin in TX and OK.
Electricity WV: 59k (-14k) customers (6%) without power. KY: 67k (-32k) customers (5%) without power. MS: 186k customers (16%) without power. TX: 1.1 million (-2 million) customers (9%) without power. TX: Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) energy conservation plan continues with rotating outages due to high demand exceeding available generation capacity generation resources are strained due to cold weather tripping units, natural gas supply curtailments, and wind power generation outages. LA: 114k (+67k) customers (5%) without power. AR: rolling outages affecting parts of Little Rock, Maumelle and Lonoke
Transportation AL: 18 counties with state/county routes impacted with various degrees of hazardous road conditions; 28 state routes, 3 interstates, and 7 U.S. highways impacted. OH: significant impacts to roadways in Lawrence County; multiple primary, secondary and private roadways inaccessible due to debris, snow, and ice; aerial mission planned to assess blockages. TX: I-35W in Fort Worth remains closed causing detours and traffic delays. LA: I-10 remains closed in both directions from I-49 (Lafayette) to LA 415 (Lobdell) until further notice; detours are in effect.
February 17, 2021 -- Winter Storms- Pacific Northwest; Southern Plains to Northeast. Heavy snow possible from the Southern Plains to the Central Appalachians. Severe thunderstorms possible for the Central Gulf Coast. Freezing rain possible for the Southern Plains to Mid-Atlantic.
February 16, 2021 -- Wintery weather for the Pacific Northwest and the Southern Plains to the Northeast.
February 15, 2021 -- Heavy Snow possible for the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, Southern Plains to the Northeast. Freezing Rain possible for the Southern Plains to the Northeast. Severe Thunderstorms possible for Georgia and Florida. The Emergency Declaration requested yesterday by Texas was approved today.
The Lifeline Impacts of the winter storms include in OR: 307K (+5K) customers without power; majority in Salem. In TX -- 2M (+2M), controlled rolling outages; in LA: 34k; in VA: 146k (-2K); in WV: 10k; in KY: 12K; in NC: 32k customers without power Transportation impacts include - More than 1k flights cancelled across TX. Amtrak suspending train service across the impacted region. Media reports indicate that Interstate 10 closed in both directions from Baton Rouge to Lafayette, (50 miles) this morning due to icy conditions and multiple accidents.
February 14, 2021 -- Heavy Snow possible for Southwest, Southern Plains to Mississippi Valley. Freezing Rain possible for Southern Plains to Ohio Valley. Severe Thunderstorms possible for Florida.
Texas is requesting an Emergency Declaration – for the entire State for Emergency protective measures (Category B) for mass care and sheltering, and direct federal assistance statewide Incident for Severe Winter Storm Incident Period: February 11, 2021 and continuing.
February 13, 2021 -- Freezing rain possible for the Southern Plains, Lower Mississippi Valley, and Southern Appalachians to Mid-Atlantic. Heavy snow possible for the Northern Intermountain, Central Great Basin, and Central/Southern Rockies.
Major Disaster Declaration Request for one Alabama County -- Incident: Tornado Incident Period: January 25, 2021 Requesting: IA: Individuals and Households Program (IHP), Disaster Legal Services (DLS), and Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance (SBA)
February 12, 2020 --- Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the Pacific Northwest, North and Central Rockies. Wind Chill Warnings for the areas of Northern Rockies to the Upper Mississippi Valley. Ice Storm Warnings for portions of the Mid-Atlantic States.
February 11, 2020 --- Ice Storm Warnings for the Lower Mississippi Valley to Central Appalachians. Winter Storm Warnings for the Ohio Valley to Mid-Atlantic. Wind Chill Warnings for the Northern Rockies, Northern Plains, and Upper Mississippi Valley. Today the impeachment trial of former President Trump continues. The major issue to be determined by this case is: whether republican senators will place their political futures over the future of the United States. If the issue was whether the conviction of impeachment of a former President, for crimes committed while in office, is constitutional, all that is required is to walk across the street to the Supreme Court to determine the issue. In making the choice not do so, the President’s representatives are conceding the issue and most Senate republicans are making the choice that their political careers are more important than a direct assault on our democratic-republic and the will of the people.
February 10, 2020 --- Ice Storm Warnings for the Lower Mississippi Valley to Central Appalachians and Winter Storm Warnings for the Central Appalachians. Freezing Rain Possible for the Southern Plains to Mid Atlantic.
North Carolina has made a Major Disaster request for Tropical Storm Eta for the Incident Period: Nov 12-15 and Requesting PA for 19 counties.
February 9, 2020 --- Winter Weather for the Plains to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, including Winter Storm Warnings for the Ohio Valley and Freezing Rain for parts of the Southern Plains to the Ohio Valley. Critical Fire Weather is forecast today for New Mexico.
February 8, 2020 --- Snow and freezing rain possible for the Plains to Northeast. Wind Chill Warning for the North central U.S. Critical Fire Weather for NM.
Covid-19 weekly report
Confirmed Cases: 26,653,558 (+731,855) increase of 2.75% of total cases
Confirmed Deaths: 457,762 (+19,727) increase of 3.65% of total cases
There is an overall decline in new cases and this is reflected in higher ration of deaths vs. new confirmed cases.
February 7, 2020 --- Heavy snow possible at Higher elevations of Northern Intermountain and Northern Rockies, also in the Northeast. Dangerous wind chills for the Northern Plains to Great Lakes and Middle Mississippi Valley.
February 6, 2020 --- Extreme Cold and Wind Chill for the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Heavy snow for the Cascades, Northern/Central Rockies, and Central Plains. Moderate snow for the Southern Appalachians to Northeast and I-95 corridor.
February 5, 2020 --- Freezing rain possible for the Central Plains and Northeast. Heavy snow possible for the Northern Intermountain to Central Rockies. Two Major Disaster Declarations Approved: Maryland: FEMA-4583-DR-MD for Tropical Storm Isaias covering the Public Assistance (PA) only 3 southern counties Incident Period: August 3-4, 2020; Washington FEMA-4584-DR-WA Wildfires and Straight-line Winds Incident Period: September 1-19, 2020, Provides PA Only for 9 counties and 2 tribes.
February 4, 2020 --- Freezing Rain for parts of the Upper Mississippi & Ohio valleys to the Northeast. Heavy Snow for areas of the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies, Upper Mississippi Valley, & Great Lakes.
February 3, 2020 --- Freezing Rain for Northern / Central Plains to the Great Lakes. A powerful nor'easter produced 20 to 30 inches of snow over portions of Northeast U.S., continues to move toward the Canadian Maritimes. A Major Disaster Declaration, FEMA-4582-DR-Navajo, for COVID-19 Pandemic has been issued covering the period of January 20, 2020 and continuing.
February 2, 2020 --- Heavy Snow for Southern New England & Northern Mid-Atlantic. Heavy Rain & Mountain Snow for the West coast, Great Basin & into the Rockies. And… Wintry Precipitation for the Northern Plains.
February 1, 2020 --- Heavy snow possible from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast. Freezing rain possible from the Central Appalachians to Mid-Atlantic.
Heavy snow likely to exceed 12 inches across the Northeast. Light periods of snow, sleet, and mixed precipitation today across the Great Lakes, and from the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys to the Northeast. Hazardous travel conditions and power outages could impact state vaccination effort but there are no delayed delivery notices on vaccination shipments.
U.S. weekly COVID-19 totals:
o Confirmed Cases: 25,921,703 (+1,045,361) 4% increase
o Confirmed Deaths: 438,035 (+19,141) 4.3 % increase
January 31, 2020 --- Heavy rain and flash flooding possible for the Pacific Northwest to northern CA. Freezing rain possible for the Appalachians to Mid-Atlantic. Heavy snow possible for the Central Appalachians and Winter Storm Warnings for the Middle/Upper Mississippi Valleys to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
o 4-8 inches in major cities within the I-95 corridor from DC to NYC
o 6-12 inches expected for areas west of I-95
o 12 inches or more expected near northern MD, eastern PA, and into northern NJ
o 8 inches or more forecast from the Chicago and Milwaukee metro areas to northern IN and OH
• Travel will be dangerous to impossible due to low visibility and drifting snow
• Freezing rain and sleet could lead to scattered power outages
January 30, 2020 --- Winter Weather for the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Mid-Atlantic. Freezing Rain for parts of the Upper/Middle Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, and Appalachians. Alaska is requesting a Major Disaster Declaration for Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides from Nov 30 – Dec 2. The mud slide in Haines, AK, resulted in the loss of two people, who have not yet been found.
January 29, 2020 --- Heavy rain and flash flooding in Southern California. Coastal rain and higher elevation snow for the Pacific Northwest. Snow and rain/freezing rain for the West coast to the Midwest.
January 28, 2020 --- California Debris flows – Yesterday, it was reported that 25 buildings were damaged due to River Fire burn scar debris flow. Mandatory evacuations were in place for portions of Monterrey and Santa Cruz counties and evacuation warnings for parts of San Mateo County. Santa Cruz County set up three evacuation centers. Portions of I-5 (Grapevine) closed due to snow and multiple roadways closed due to minor debris. Most power in the affected areas has been restored.
Today there is a heavy rain and flash flooding warning for coastal central to southern CA. Heavy snow is possible for the Sierra Nevada (northern to central CA); Northern Intermountain.
January 27, 2020 --- National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to a heightened threat environment across the United States.
January 27, 2021 --- Heavy rain and flash flooding possible for coastal central California. Heavy snow from CA to Central Great Basin, Northern Intermountain to Northern Rockies and Appalachians. Yesterday, 45 US Senators stuck their heads in the ground by arguing that, if a President fails in an attack upon the US Capitol to overturn an election, he cannot be impeached because they did not succeed.
January 26, 2021 --- Yesterday a tornado struck Jefferson County, AL. At 11:51 p.m. ET a large tornado touched down near Fultondale (pop. 9k), a suburb 8 miles north of Birmingham. Media reports 2 hotels, mobile home park in Center Point, Fultondale High School, and multiple businesses damaged; several homes possibly collapsed, one possible fatality and 20 injuries, several critically injured.
Heavy snow possible for the Pacific Northwest to Northern Intermountain, California, Central Great Basin, and Southwest areas. Freezing rain possible for parts of the Lower/Middle Mississippi Valleys; Great Lakes to Mid-Atlantic
January 25, 2021 --- Freezing rain possible from the Central Plains to Mid-Atlantic. Heavy snow possible for the Southwest to Central Great Basin.
Weekly Covid-19 Update
Confirmed Cases: 24,876,342 (+1,222,342) 5% increase in the number of total cases
Confirmed Deaths: 416,010 (+21,515) 5.2% increase in the number of total deaths
January 24, 2021 --- Freezing Rain for parts of the Central Plains to the Ohio Valley and Severe Weather for the Southern Plains.
January 23, 2020 -- Freezing Rain for the Central Plains to the Ohio Valley. Mixed Precipitation and Snow is Possible for the Sierra Nevada, Central Great Basin, and Central/Southern Rockies. More developments on the road to limiting the way the public’s access to public information. At this point USGS and parts of the weather service do not provide information in a form that we can present on this website. First it was USGS, now it’s the weather services that are cutting access to public information hosted on other web sites. You the consumer can still directly access the information, from the weather service and their partners in the private sector, but the DisasterCenter as a secondary provider is being cut out. It is what it is. At some point this page may just be a series of text links to the information you want to access.
January 22, 2021 --- Heavy Snow for the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the mountains of the Great Basin, and Central Rockies. Heavy Lake Effect Snow downwind from Lake Eerie and Ontario. Rain across parts of the Southern U.S.
January 21, 2021 --- Heavy snow possible for parts of NY and mixed precipitation for the Pacific Northwest to Northern Intermountain and northern CA; Southwest; Ohio Valley to Appalachians.
Former President Trump left Washington DC yesterday without pardoning the people he set loose to attack the capitol, in his bid to overturn the election results. It is a principle among his supporters that each is responsible for their own actions and you shouldn't rely on government to bail you out.
January 20, 2021 --- Freezing rain possible for the Southern Appalachians and Flash Flood Watch for Southern California and southwestern Arizona. Today marks the beginning of another administration in the US of A. As a power for good, we are greatest when we work together. Ronald Reagan at the UN said, “Perhaps we need some outside universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.” Covid-19 is such a threat that should unite us.
January 19, 2021 --- Critical fire weather for central-west and south-western California, heavy snow possible for portions of New Mexico, Colorado & New York, and flash flooding possible for the Hawaiian Islands.
January 18, 2021 --- Winter Weather for the Northern Plains, Upper Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes,
and Northeast and Critical Fire Weather for Southern California.
U.S. COVID-19 totals for the week:
Confirmed Cases: 23,653,919 (+1,551,850) up 6.6%
Confirmed Deaths: 394,495 (+23,411) up 6%
January 17, 2021 --- Snow for significant portions of the northern US, strong and damaging winds for a large portion of California, critical fire weather for parts of southern California.
January 16, 2021 --- Freezing rain and heavy snow possible for the Northeast and critical fire weather for southern California. Major disaster declaration approved for Colorado: FEMA-4581-DR-CO for damages that took place between Sep 6 – Nov 5. Public assistance for government agencies and non-profits two counties only.
When this nation was founded, its creators determined to preserve the system of democratic-representative government that they had created in America. To justify their action, they referred to a principle, which succeeding generations of Americans have moved to implement. This is that all, “are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted … deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” Putting this principle, before their self-interest, they put their lives and fortunes in jeopardy.
What happened, in Washington DC, was that a group of individuals, motivated by a President, for whom staying in office and sacrificing that nation was preferable, attacked the seat of that government. To stay in power, President Trump had to forcibly overturn the courts and legislative branch, destroying the government, for which the founder’s risked their lives, and in the Civil War, fought to preserve. The Civil War determined that a nation of the people, by the people, for the people, would not perish from the earth, and also, that this principle applied to all people.
Each generation receives from the previous an inheritance. If it is lost, it may be impossible to recover. The struggle facing each generation will never end. There will always be people who wish to impose their self-interest before the principle of representative-democracy. A hundred and eighty-three years ago, 21 years before the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln warned that mobs or people who disrespected U.S. laws and courts could destroy the United States. What we saw at our nation’s Capitol, was a mob, led by a President of the United States, attempting to do just that.
January 15, 2021 --- Blizzard warnings for portions of Central/Southern Plains to Upper/Middle Mississippi Valleys, critical fire weather for southern California, freezing rain possible for parts of the Northern Intermountain, Southern Appalachians and the Northeast. The 59th Presidential Inauguration is approaching and efforts are underway in Washington DC and around the country to protect government buildings and the people visiting them. We believe that for the first time in the history of the United States, the people are not being invited to attend the swearing in of the incoming President. This is entirely due to the actions of President Trump and his supporters. We expect that Mr. Trump will look at the photos of President Biden’s inauguration and point out that his crowd was much bigger.
January 14, 2021 --- Freezing Rain for parts of the Upper/Middle Mississippi Valley, Critical Fire Weather for Southern California.
January 13, 2020 --- Flooding possible in the Pacific Northwest and freezing rain for parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley.
Major Disaster Declaration for LA Hurricane Zeta October 26-29 FEMA-4577-DR-LA
Major Disaster Declaration for UT Severe Storm and Straight-line Winds Sep 7-8 FEMA-4578-DR-UT
Major Disaster Declaration for GA Tropical Storm Zeta Oct 29 FEMA-4579-DR-GA
Major Disaster Declaration for CT Tropical Storm Isaias Aug 4 FEMA-4580-DR-CT
Our President set in motion the actors who assaulted the center of our democratic-republic. The President says that his 2nd impeachment is, “causing tremendous anger,” and warned that, “it was dangerous to the United States” for him to be impeached for his conduct. These statements constitute knowledge of a threat. Federal intelligence reports indicate attacks are planned from the 16th to the 20th against State and the Federal Capitols. The worst thing that could happen is not that Trump got impeached. The worst thing that can happen is: if you are known to have abetted the destruction of your own people and their Capitol.
January 12, 2020 --- Heavy rain & flash flooding possible for the Pacific Northwest and Heavy snow is forecast for the Northern Intermountain area. The Emergency Declaration requested for the District of Columbia has been approved. Today the President claimed that his prospective 2nd impeachment is, “causing tremendous anger,” and warned that, “it was dangerous to the United States” for him to be impeached for his conduct.
January 11, 2020 --- Snow for Texas into the Lower Mississippi Valley, mixed wintry precipitation for the Tennessee Valley into the Southern/Central Appalachians, and heavy mixed precipitation for the Pacific Northwest. Given the costs of President's inspired insurrection, the District of Columbia is seeking an Emergency Declaration Request to assist with the emergency response costs associated with this event.
The official U.S. COVID-19 totals are
22,102,069 Confirmed Cases up 1,755,697 (an 8% increase) from last week and
371,084 Confirmed Deaths up 21,838 (about 6%) from a week ago. The rate of increase in the number of weekly deaths is lagging the rate of increase in confirmed cases.
January 10, 2021 --- Snow for the Southern Plains to Central Appalachians, Winter Storm Warnings of portions of NM & TX, and heavy rain & flash flooding for Southeast TX. For years, we watched as people motivated by ambition snuggled up to a President that most knew is a megalomaniac. These same people are so blinded by their ambition that they supported the President's false election narrative even after he sent his minions to attack the Capitol of the United States.
January 9, 2021 --- Heavy snow for the Rockies & Southern Plains, heavy rainfall/flash flooding for parts of the TX Gulf Coast, and elevated fire weather for portions of AZ & NM. While the events of the preceding days have gone on, the people of the United States are experiencing the worst of the Covid—19 epidemic. A new mutated variant has caused infection rates to skyrocket. Almost a year ago, we made a call for the nations for the world to set aside animosities to work in common on a threat to us all.
January 8, 2021 --- Heavy Snow Possible for TN and NC. The Demonstrations, which took place in Washington DC, were the direct result of President Trump’s invitation to come to the Capitol, the false narrative that he had actually won the election, and that the President would be in their lead as they marched to the Capitol. It was, to his supporters, a call to action to save the United States. What happened after they got to the Capitol was the natural outcome to the series of events that proceeded it. In the immediate aftermath, the President praised the rioters. Later, when Donald Trump saw the political consequences of these actions, he set in motion an effort he disavowed any understanding that the attack on the Capitol was the inevitable outcome of events set in motion and threw supporters, who had carried out these acts, under the bus. (It was their fault not mine.) For the last four years, half the people of the United States have been shaking their heads. We know bullies, they have a pattern of behavior. For the last four years they’ve had a leader, he will probably be our President for the next 12 days, god help us all.
January 7, 2021 --- Freezing rain possible for Montana and North Dakota and rain & thunderstorms are forecast for parts of the Southeast. The response to the attack on the US Capitol building yesterday is ongoing. Demonstrators are still in Washington, DC. As a result of the attack yesterday, 4 people died (three as the result of preexisting conditions), 52 were arrested, and 14 police officers injured after pro-Trump rioters breach US Capitol. The has FBI opened an investigation.
January 6, 2021 --- Severe Thunderstorms possible for TX and Winter Weather for the Northwest. First amendment activity today in Washington, DC. The President having lost the popular vote, in the courts, having the vote certified by the States, and in the electoral college, the President has invited his supporters to hear him speak before Congress certifies the result of the election. Will our President turn his supporters on Congress? Will Congress bow to the mob the President has assembled? Will the armed forces turn against the people of the United States? All these questions and more will be answered today. Or will they? Meanwhile, an Emergency Declaration has been approved related to the TN explosion.
January 5, 2021 Heavy Snow for Northern CA, Pacific Northwest, Central/Northern Rockies
Notice of first amendment activity for Jan 5-6 First Amendment Activity in Washington, DC. Having lost the popular vote, in the courts, having the vote certified by the States, and in the electoral college, the President has invited his supporters to demonstrate, protest, and who knows what, before Congress certifies the result of the election.
January 4, 2021 Mixed Precipitation from the Upper Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley, Freezing Rain Possible for Portions of the Upper Mississippi Valley, Heavy Precipitation Across Northern CA, the Pacific Northwest into the Northern/Central Rockies
All living former Secretaries Defense are attempting to call out to the American people. Speaking for them, William Cohen said, “They've been led down a path by President Trump, which is an unconstitutional path…..Please all of you in the Defense Department, you've taken an oath to serve this country, this Constitution, not any given individual.” Signed Dick Cheney, William Perry, Donald Rumsfeld, , Robert Gates, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, Ash Carter, James Mattis and Mark Esper, published in The Washington Post on Sunday.
January 3, 2021 --- Snow for the Northern Intermountain to Central Great Basin and the Great Lakes to Northeast and Freezing Rain in parts of PA.
January 2, 2021 --- Heavy Snow for Maine and Freezing Rain from Ohio Valley to Northeast.
January 1, 2021 --- Severe Thunderstorms Possible for parts of the Southeast, Wintery Mix and Freezing Rain from the Central Plains into Northeast, and a Wintery Mix for Cascades and Northern Rockies.
Over 20 million people in the US of A have been confirmed to be infected by Covid-19. Compromising about 5% of the world’s population, the United States has about 20% of the confirmed Covid cases. President Trump bragged that we have one of the lowest rates of deaths among those with confirmed cases, so the US of A is doing better than other nations. Four times more people infected and half the death rate, does not mean you’re doing better than other nations.
What we know at this time is the President has lost all attempts to remain in office in spite of the many millions more who voted for Bidden, the unanimously rejected court cases, and the confirmation of Biden’s selection by the electoral college. The last effort may be the vote to accept the result of the election in joint session of congress, but it may not be Trump’s last effort to remain in office.
As of this date, there are over 140 republican members of the House of Representatives who have announced that they are ready to override the will of the people, the rulings of our courts, the votes of our electors: the constitutional means of selecting our President.
“As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide." -- Abraham Lincoln
NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New and Other Structures - Sept. 2020
August 4, 2020 --- National Rankings for Covid Cases per confirmed Cases, for Confirmed cases per thousand, and for Deaths per thousand.
The Disaster Center Covid-19 Chronicle -- The Disaster Center Covid-19 Diary -- John Hopkins Covid -19 Map -- WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard -- CDC Covid-19 Communication Toolkit -- For Migrants, Refugees, and Other Limited-English-Proficient Populations -- FEMA's Situation Report -- FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2021 -- FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2020 -- FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2019 -- FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2018 -- FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2017 -- FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2016 -- FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2015 -- FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2014 -- FEMA Daily Situation Report Archive 2013
We've upgraded and added to our Crime Reports pages. The new pages integrate crime and imprisonment by year and States.
Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Locator -- FEMA App. Download it for free from the App Store or GooglePlay.-- If you are located in the area of a declared Major Disaster you can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual and calls are answered seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT.
People affected by conflict: Humanitarian needs in numbers - 2013 (PDF) Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) – CRED (2013)
FEMA fraud hotline at 800-323-8603 or email DHSOIGHOTLINE@DHS.GOV. This can include information on contractors, inspectors, disaster survivors or anyone posing as any of these. Complaints also can be made via the FEMA disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or with state or local law enforcement officials or consumer agencies.
We've been working on updating the State disaster pages. Here they are, a work in progress:
Alabama -- Alaska -- Arizona -- Arkansas -- California -- Colorado -- Connecticut -- Delaware -- Florida -- Georgia -- Hawaii -- Idaho -- Illinois -- Indiana -- Iowa -- Kansas -- Kentucky -- Louisiana -- Maine -- Maryland -- Massachusetts -- Michigan -- Minnesota -- Mississippi -- Missouri -- Montana -- Nebraska -- Nevada -- New Hampshire -- New Jersey -- New Mexico -- New York -- North Carolina -- North Dakota -- Ohio -- Oklahoma -- Oregon -- Pennsylvania -- Rhode Island -- South Carolina -- South Dakota -- Tennessee -- Texas -- Utah -- Vermont -- Virginia -- Washington -- West Virginia -- Wisconsin -- Wyoming
If you have any suggestions about how it can be improved, please send an email to email@example.com
Ready Rating: A FREE Service from the American Red Cross
The Red Cross, Salvation Army and other volunteer organizations move resources into position so as to be able to respond to disasters. Please consider a donation to the Red Cross You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or call 1-800 RED CROSS
There are several ways you can donate to the Salvation Army . By phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY By text: Text “GIVE” to 80888. Also, consider volunteering or donating with Disaster Relief Agencies and Nongovernment Organizations.
Red Cross -- After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. This website is designed to help make that communication easier.
FBI's "Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes"
If you want to suggest a link, please post to firstname.lastname@example.org
The people affected will not lack clothing for long and more will be donated than will ever be used. It will end up in the local landfill, because there is no place to store it. If you are going to collect clothing have a garage sale with the proceeds going to the victims. Be responsible, if you collect money get proof that it was donated and make evidence available to those who gave. Consider volunteering or donating with Disaster Relief Agencies and Nongovernment Organizations.
WHO's CRED is reporting that in 2010 a total of 385 natural disasters killed more than 297,000 people worldwide, affected over 217.0 million others and caused US$ 123.9 billion of economic damages. Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2010: (PDF 4.2 MB) The Numbers and Trends. Brussels: CRED; 2011-Guha-Sapir D, Vos F, Below R, with Ponserre S.
The Disaster Center supports the UN's International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. "One million safe schools and hospitals campaign" [PDF 3.28 MB] guidance note [PDF 2.04 MB]
Schools and hospitals are a great place to start building a world wide disaster mitigation movement.
The Disaster Center hosts a Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages
The CDC has recently come out with its Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse Guide and announced a forthcoming video contest. The idea that all these efforts are concerned with is that you and your family be prepared for disasters. In our estimation the most important disaster readiness tool is a common contact person outside of the disaster area. Someone who, if conditions are so bad that household members can't go home, that you might move in with. After disasters most people do not stay in shelters. They are sheltered by relatives and friends. So what we are saying is that the greatest tool after a disaster is a friend; get one; be one.
The Red Cross has created a teaching guide -- Children in disasters- Games and guidelines to engage youth in risk reduction
A new National Science Foundation study has found that: Drought may threaten much of globe within decades - NSF
A study released by researchers at Iowa State University calculated costs of five major crimes, and found that each murder generated societal costs of $17.25 millionStates: 10 Leading Causes of Death
Vital Records: Locate your States' sources for Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce Records
National Radar Mosaic Sectors
CBS News: Is Extreme Weather a Result of Global Warming?
NASA Earth Observery Image of the Day: Arctic Oscillation Chills North America, Warms Arctic
The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) has replaced the color codes of the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). The new alert system is currently active, active alerts are also available on Twitter and Facebook
Established 14 years ago, the Disaster Center site has gone through a number of evolutions. A big part of this work has provided coverage for disasters affecting the United States. Big stories were Hurricane Dennis, Rita, Katrina, Wilma, Floyd, Mitch, Bret and many others. One of the most linked to areas on the web site has been our graphics. The most popular of these Hurricane Floyd as it approached the US coast. Current and Historic Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes
Our work of mitigating disasters involves the preparation for them, responding to them, and recovering from them. In an ideal world we would be working on ways to mitigate risk
SBA Disaster Recovery Loans 1-800-659-2955 -- SBA makes loans to home owners and business after Major disasters
HUD may provide disaster recovery assistance.
WHO -- Disease Outbreak News UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal
Aerosol Optical Depth
Land Surface Temperature
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Here are some tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud:
If you have received a suspicious e-mail, file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center: www.ic3.gov.
For more information on e-scams, visit the FBI’s E-Scams and Warnings webpage: www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams