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

Flooding is the most common disaster our communities face, and as such, we should all be prepared to respond. As part of the 2015 VTTX series, FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute is conducting a four-hour exercise to help participants better coordinate their response operations with counterparts from local governments, state governments, federal agencies, private-sector organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. This March 2015 exercise will provide another excellent opportunity for state cultural agencies to engage with their emergency management agency (and vice versa) to incorporate cultural and historic resources into a well-run exercise.

Click here for more information. The deadline for your EMA to apply to participate in this exercise is March 13, 2015.

 

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National Flood Safety Awareness Week: March 16-22

FEMA and NOAA have collaborated to develop national campaigns of preparedness and response. This week they draw our attention to the unique risks presented by floods, a common hazard heightened during the “spring thaw” – a season of melting snow and additional precipitation.

Workers and employers should take measures to ensure that they are equipped to prepare for and respond to floods. OSHA has put together helpful resources including a preparedness page and a response/recovery page.

Floods can be caused by a variety of factors and behave very differently. Make sure that employees are equipped to handle all of the hazards associated with these disasters.

Preparing for Severe Spring Weather Webinar

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 2:00 pm to 3:00 PM EDT

Registration Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/191715953

Check out this webinar which addresses risks associated with the upcoming Spring season. Please be sure to share with your constituents!

“We have all witnessed the devastating effects Mother Nature can cause throughout the year. As we look ahead to Spring, now is the time to prepare for the threats posed by spring storms and floodwaters. Your organization is more than just a place of business to your customers, employees and stakeholders. Your organization is a key aspect of their lives, and one that must be protected. If your organization is affected by adverse weather conditions, how well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need?

Join the SBA and co-sponsor Agility Recovery as we welcome Agility CEO Bob Boyd who will share practical, applicable tips and best practices to mitigate the risks posed by spring weather conditions.  These recommended steps and strategies are based on the thousands of successful business recoveries following weather disasters, including those related to flooding, tornadoes and severe storms.

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Saving Family Treasures

Thousands of Coloradans have been displaced and more are being encouraged to evacuate as the threat of flash floods and mudslides continue. When the flooding abates, residents will begin the daunting task of sorting through the wreckage. Treasured family heirlooms and keepsakes will likely have been damaged by the floodwater, but these mementos may be salvageable. For tips on dealing with water damaged objects, see our press release on Saving Family Treasures CO Flooding. For additional resources that may assist your institution or constituents following a flood, visit http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/flood.html.