Citizen Action Team’s Relief Database

Source: Stacy C. Noland
Operation BBQ Relief serves meals to displaced families and police, fire, National Guard and emergency personnel in the aftermath of disaster.

If you know people on the East Coast in need of, or can offer disaster relief and recovery support, please turn them onto the Citizen Action Team’s Database.

Their service has been operational since Hurricane Katrina, and is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for survivors, volunteers, responders, and community to find and offer vital information, services and supplies in the midst of chaos.

Please contact Leslie Teltoe at Leslie@citizenactionteam.org for more information. She’s good people.

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A Special Message From Stacy Noland

Whether you believe in global change or not, chances are good that you or someone close to you will have their lives turned upside down by a weather-related disaster.  From earthquakes and super tornadoes to the lingering impacts of hurricanes, floods, fires, droughts, oil spills, and levee breaks, tens of millions of people throughout America have been affected by large-scale natural and technological disasters in recent years.

No community has complete immunity.

Sadly, I’ve been predicting that a disaster of the scope and scale of Hurricane Sandy was coming, but unfortunately my forecast has either:

  1. Fallen on deaf ears;
  2. Been largely ignored; or
  3. Chalked up to the old “why should we care what happens to ‘those people’ who live somewhere else” syndrome.

Now…

  • We are all New Orleans after Katrina;
  • We are all the Gulf Coast after the BP Oil Spill;
  • We are all Tuscaloosa & Joplin after a tornado;
  • We are all drought victims in the Heartland;
  • We are all Colorado fire victims;
  • We are all Frankenstorm 2012;

And we can all contribute to helping 60 million of our fellow Americans survive and  thrive after epic tragedy in our own special way.

We can all be change agents.

Personally, I’ve invested three years of my life and a small fortune chronicling the lives of inspirational individuals and communities across the country working to adapt to the “new climate normal.”

And just when I was getting ready to wrap of production for the year, after being on the road away from home for 165 days, a new chapter of the Storm Surge story begins.

So I pose the question…What are YOU going to do?

YOU GOING TO STAND UP, STEP FORWARD, ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES & DO SOMETHING?

Or are you going to stand on the sidelines and watch things unfold on TV, Facebook or Twitter from the comfort of your warm safe home?

It’s your choice, but please keep this in mind…

NEXT TIME, DISASTER COULD STRIKE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW!

Have a good day,

Stacy C. Noland
Writer & Producer

p.s., pay it FORWARD!

High Res Video of Hurricane Sandy

Sandy is a massive category 1 hurricane, expected to bring life-threatening storm surge to the mid-Atlantic coast, Monday evening and early Tuesday. To get a better sense to the size and scope of the hurricane, check out this high-resolution video from NASA.

Hurricane Sandy Information Clearinghouse

“Hurricane Sandy” is an information clearinghouse for accurate, timely information related to Hurricane Sandy and subsequent recovery efforts.

This “Hurricane Sandy” Facebook page is an information clearinghouse for accurate, timely information related to Hurricane Sandy and subsequent recovery efforts.  Since Facebook has changed the way pages shows up in news feeds. If you want every update, you must:

1) Go to the “Hurricane Sandy” page.
2) Hover your mouse over where it says “LIKED” and click on “Add to Interests Lists”

If you do this, you will receive ALL of the posts and the Hurricane Sandy page will not be “removed” by Facebook from what shows up in your feed.

Go Vote Before Hurricane Sandy Strikes

With the election 11 days away and Hurricane Sandy barreling down on the East Coast, people are advised get out and vote now. TODAY. Get off the chair, get out of the bed and just go do it.

Severe winds, storm surge and the loss of electricity will prevent prospective voters from getting to the polls over the next 6-10 days.

GO VOTE NOW!

The Perfect $1 Billion Storm

With Hurricane Sandy churning from the South, an early winter storm barreling in from the West, arctic air sweeping in from the North and a full-moon affecting the tides, the mid-Atlantic, New England and eastern Canada, are set for a “perfect storm” early next week.   The convergence of weather has the potential to produce $1 billion or more in damage.

If you or someone you know lives within the projected areas, please share the following disaster preparedness information, as suggested by National Hurricane Center.

Before a Hurricane

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
  • Moor your boat if time permits.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
  • Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.

  • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.
  • If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.

Read more about evacuating yourself and your family. If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
  • Avoid elevators.

After a Hurricane

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan or contact FEMA or the American Red Cross.
    • FEMA has established the National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS), which has been developed to help reunite families who are separated during a disaster. The NEFRLS system will enable displaced individuals the ability to enter personal information into a website database so that they can be located by others during a disaster.
    • The American Red Cross also maintains a database to help you find family. Contact the local American Red Cross chapter where you are staying for information. Do not contact the chapter in the disaster area.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).
  • For those who have longer-term housing needs, FEMA offers several types of assistance, including services and grants to help people repair their homes and find replacement housing. Apply for assistance or search for information about housing rental resources
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed¬ out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Walk carefully around the outside your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering.
  • Stay out of any building if you smell gas, floodwaters remain around the building or your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. If you have any doubts about safety, have your residence inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles. Note: The flashlight should be turned on outside before entering – the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.
  • Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

Making It Happen!

As the planet’s climate and weather patterns change as a negative feedback response to global warming and our collective addiction to fossil fuels, communities throughout the world will need to develop and implement innovative strategies to adapt to climate change, build disaster resilient and sustainable communities, and action oriented citizens.

Cherri Foytlin, a mother of six and wife of an oil worker from Rayne, Louisiana, is an action oriented citizen who is doing more than talking the talk, she’s walking the (perp) walk to raise awareness of the effect fossil fuels are having on Gulf Coast communities, their ecosystems and economy.

Her action coincides with the Defend Our Coast activities in British Columbia, where more than 60 Canadian communities are protesting a proposed tar sands pipeline through their region.

Her goal is to connect individuals, groups and communities working to combat social and environmental injustices in the Gulf Coast, with national and global concerns through art, music, video, written word, and social impact media.

To learn more about Cherri’s individual efforts to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Defend of the Coast movement, click here.