APWA Offers Emergency Management Expertise and Assistance
Over the last several days, we have seen the extensive devastation that Hurricane Sandy has wreaked on the people and infrastructure in numerous states and the District of Columbia throughout the Atlantic Seaboard. On behalf of all APWA members and the Board of Directors, I want to extend our sincere sympathies to victims and their families.
This natural disaster is a stark reminder of how important public works and infrastructure systems are to the day-to-day survival of people and our communities. We recognize and are saddened by the scope of this catastrophe, and pledge to support public works officials and other first responders and provide information and coordinate relief in an effective, unified manner.
APWA Emergency ManagementDatabase Offers Assistance and Expertise
For those members in the East Coast region who are affected by Hurricane Sandy, or others needing emergency expertise and assistance, APWA has an Emergency Management “Peer Database” which consists of APWA members who have offered to provide their professional emergency management expertise. Thanks to the work of our Emergency Management Committee, this information is available to any APWA member at any time on our website.
The database includes each member’s areas of expertise; years of service/job experience; specialized training/courses, certifications; andexperience with disasters - from the small, localized incidents to federally declared disasters; as well as their specific area of expertise. The APWA Emergency Management “Peer Database” is available through the link listed below. You can access it by providing your username and password at: http://www2.apwa.net/MembersOnly/PeerResources/index.asp?
For those members not directly affected by Sandy, but interested and willing to share your emergency management expertise and help your colleagues, you can volunteer and add your name, background and contact information to the database. Experienced public works professionals are needed in the areas of critical infrastructure protection, training, exercises, logistics finance (especially FEMA reimbursement), and documentation, as well as actual field operations.
Any member interested in offering his/her expertise and assistance can do so by contacting Teresa Hon at email@example.com
or 816.595.5224, or Laura Berkey-Ames at firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal and State Emergency Management Assistance
While many APWA members would like to volunteer their help, it is important to recognize that federal, state and local agencies are in a response and assessment mode at this time.If you or your agency would like to volunteer for deployment to the area to assist, it is important that you contactyour State emergency management agency to determine if your resource is deployable under the Emergency ManagementAssistance Compact(EMAC), and that EMAC protocol is followed. A link to the list of state emergency management agencies is available at: http://www.emacweb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=285&Itemid=256
The Hurricane Sandy recovery effort in the affected communities will be a long and difficult one. On behalf of the Board of Directors and our members, I commend all of the emergency responders for their work thus far, and pledge our continued support!
Elizabeth Treadway, PWLF