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    impacted their community The survey findings also revealed more than 90 percent of Americans have not practiced an evacuation plan or a way to escape if a major storm is approaching and 64 percent of Americans have not created an inventory list of the belongings in their home Nearly a third of Americans 30 percent admitted they would take their chances and ignore evacuation orders in the face of an imminent natural disaster No one should risk putting themselves or their family in danger said Mark McGillivray Allstate s senior vice president of Claims While we see some progress since surveying consumers a couple of years ago the latest survey results demonstrate there is still work to do to remind people that Mother Nature can strike at any time any place It is important for individuals and families to be ready just in case the unthinkable happens FEMA states that preparation is a family s best defense There are a few simple steps to take to get ready and be ready before the serious weather starts Evacuating your family to a safe place during a natural disaster takes planning and preparation It is important to discuss an evacuation plan and including a meeting location away from the home It is important to prepare an emergency kit containing a first aid kit personal hygiene items water supply non perishable foods weather radio and flashlight Also crucial is having an up to date inventory of items in your home An easy way to keep up to date is walking through your home taking pictures of videos of your belongings and storing them online Allstate uses a free application Digital Locker which lets people keep an inventory of all their personal property organized and accessible at a moment s notice on their smart

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    local officials and first responders as we continue to learn from and adapt to ever evolving threats and hazards Johnson highlighted the Department of Homeland Security s DHS efforts to enhance preparedness and resilience at all levels of government to build greater capabilities to prevent protect against mitigate respond to and recover from a broad range of threats through grant funding In March DHS announced the FY 2014 Funding Opportunity

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    failures like the 2003 Northeast Blackout are some of the strongest supporters of this legislation Franks insisted adding They understand our infrastructure and planning scenarios are dangerously out of date and it is time to initiate the real fixes A member of the Intelligence Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on the Judiciary s Crime Terrorism Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee last June Franks and 24 co sponsors introduced the Secure High voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act HR 2417 But despite considerable support from past and present ranking Intelligence Community and defense officials the bill languished for lack of action by both the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the House Committee on the Budget where the legislation had been referred The bill noted that According to the Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack EMP Commission Report the society and economy of the United States are critically dependent upon the availability of electricity and continued electrical supply is necessary for sustaining water supplies production and distribution of food fuel communications and everything else that is part of our economy Earlier in June 2010 the House passed the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act that was introduced by Rep Ed Markey D Mass several months before This bill also was intended to bolster the national electric grid against terrorist attacks cyber threats electromagnetic pulse weapons and solar storms The bill which died in the Senate would have authorized the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue emergency orders to protect critical electric infrastructure and to take other measures to address current and potential vulnerabilities The electric grid s vulnerability to cyber and to other attacks is one of the single greatest threats to our national security Markey said According to the EMP Commission s final report which was issued in 2008 contemporary US society is not structured nor does it have the means to provide for the needs of nearly 300 million Americans without electricity The commission examined the EMP threat for nearly a decade including performing numerous scientific experiments and producing what is widely regarded as the definitive study of critical infrastructure vulnerabilities and solutions The EMP Commission Report stated that due to the existing electrical system operating at or near its physical capacity a relatively modest upset to the system can cause functional collapse The Commission also released a Critical National Infrastructures Report and testified before the House Committee on Armed Services on July 10 2008 The EMP Commission was reestablished via the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 to continue its efforts to monitor investigate make recommendations and report to Congress on the evolving threat to the United States from electromagnetic pulse attack resulting from the detonation of a nuclear weapon or weapons at high altitude a potential threat that has garnered renewed interest among Intelligence Community and Pentagon

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    can have a devastating impact in the short and long terms As many as 37 percent of firefighters meet criteria for a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder PTSD according to the journal Fire Engineering A decade after 9 11 about 1 000 of 5 000 Long Island first responders still showed symptoms of PTSD After the Newtown Conn massacre as many as seven police officers more than 16 percent

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    3993 Fax 920 386 3994 Photo Gallery FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2013 Wednesday October 30 2013 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Tuesday approved a bill that provides the first ever reauthorization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA that s designed to improve the nation s emergency management capabilities modernize and strengthen critical components of the preparedness and response system and support emergency response personnel The FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2013 HR 3300 was introduced earlier this month by committee Chairman Bill Shuster R PA ranking member Nick Rahall II D WV Emergency Management Subcommittee Chairman Lou Barletta R PA and Emergency Management Subcommittee ranking member Andre Carson D IN The Committee approved the FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2013 by voice vote The bill reauthorizes FEMA through Fiscal Year 2016 It also authorizes the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System IPAWS establishes clear system requirements and capabilities of IPAWS provides a clear framework for the development of IPAWS and ensures stakeholders including federal state local and private sector entities have a clear method of providing input through a temporary advisory committee a committee announcement said The bill also reauthorizes the Urban Search and Rescue USAR Response System codifies

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    of 2002 to codify authority under existing grant guidance authorizing use of Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Program funding for enhancing medical preparedness medical surge capacity and mass prophylaxis capabilities in the event of mass casualty terrorist attacks and natural disasters Experts have repeatedly noted that the threat of a WMD attack is real Bilirakis said in a statement We must take steps now to ensure the necessary plans medication and equipment are available to protect the public including emergency response providers in the event of an attack The legislation passed by the committee today recognizes the continued importance of ensuring medical preparedness activities remain allowable grant uses I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to get this bill signed into law Emergency Preparedness Response and Communications Subcommittee Chairman Susan Brooks R Ind said in a statement that The importance of medical preparedness was on full display in the aftermath of the horrific Boston Marathon bombings This bill provides clear legislative authority for the continued use of homeland security grants to support vital training exercises and the purchase of equipment that protects first responders and citizens in the event of a catastrophic event such as a chemical or biological attack Brooks said the legislation provides a common sense solution that will assist preparedness and response efforts in communities across the nation The legislation does not authorize new funding rather it clarifies that grant funds under the State Homeland Security Grant Program and Urban Area Security Initiative can be used to enhance medical preparedness and purchase medical countermeasures The bill would enhance medical preparedness medical surge capacity and mass prophylaxis capabilities including the development and maintenance of an initial pharmaceutical stockpile including medical kits and diagnostics sufficient to protect first responders their families

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    well from a law enforcement aspect We laid out a timeline and things never go on the timeline like what you expect but we hit almost everything The objectives that we laid out that we wanted to hit we hit Link said He said they knew there would be some problems However for the most part the issues were complications that they were already aware of I ve been teaching for 25 years and I have always loved training Link said But to bring it to this level where you do everything and have as many agencies involved at this level is pretty amazing I m pretty excited about it and I m very happy about it Dodge County detective Michael Reissmann said that despite the overcast weather and this being the first true exercise of all of the facets of the plan overall the exercise went well It went as well as could be expected Reissmann said I think each person performed their individual skill to a high level Dodge County Emergency Management deputy director Amy Nehls said that the exercise which was funded by part of an Office of Justice Assistance grant went very well She said that the exercise was the first example some of the participants had seen of the plan in action To bring it all together for a first try I think it went great Nehls said I d like to see more exercises done She said that funding will be the concern for other schools hosting similar exercises She said that in addition to grant funds a lot of time was donated from school representatives teachers first responders fire departments and law enforcement She also made note that during the reunification process despite everyone wanting the same end result different groups had different

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    nation s emergency responders with fast easily accessible information to help them manage hazardous material incidents The mobile ERG will make it easier for firefighters police and other emergency first responders to quickly locate the information they need thanks to an electronic word search function and will ensure easy reading even during nighttime emergencies The 2012 version of the ERG includes new evacuation tables for large toxic gas spills and standard response procedures for gas and liquid pipeline incidents The first 30 minutes are the most crucial when it comes to responding to a hazmat situation said U S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood The new app is both mobile and flexible and gives first responders the knowledge they need to protect themselves and their communities in an emergency PHMSA and the U S Department of Health and Human Services National Library of Medicine NLM joined forces in producing the two free ERG mobile applications Links to download this software are available from the Apple iTunes website at ERG 2012 for iPhone and from the Google Play website at ERG 2012 for Android In addition a version of the ERG is available in NLM s Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders WISER application An instructional video for learning how to use the ERG2012 is also available on PHMSA s website This invaluable tool improves the speed and accessibility to hazardous materials response information to those on the front line of accidents and incidents said PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman Chief Ernest Mitchell the Federal Emergency Management Agency s U S Fire Administrator for the U S Fire Administration noted that the release of the 2012 ERG mobile app will provide essential tools to help first responders safely deal with hazmat incidents I always found the ERG to be extremely valuable and believe

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