ALAN Advisory #5 for Sandy
ALAN continues to work with our partners to respond to damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Refer to www.FEMA.gov , www.nvoad.org for up to date information on government and non-profit
response. Information on business response activities is available
Refer to previous advisories for additional information.
**ALAN is aggregating information on supply chain disruptions resulting from this event as this will aid in identifying potential resource shortfalls and where support from emergency and non-profit organizations may be needed most. If you are aware of business disruptions resulting from this event please report them using our data gathering form. All information will be treated confidentially. (Special thanks to Dr. Arash Azadegan of Rutgers for creating this tool.)
States of Emergency are declared for the following: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia. A regional exemption from Part 390 through 399 of the Federal Regulations (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations) has also been issued. This includes hours of service provisions. FMCSA has information on all active states of emergency and their impact on transportation: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/alerts/hurricane-sandy-2012.aspx#state States of emergency often provide provisions to remove restrictions on weight / size / hours of service but will vary by state. To obtain oversize/overweight permits, the State(s) in which the vehicles will travel will need to be contacted. The link below provides contact information for State permitting offices: http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/sw/permit_report/index.htm ALAN will continue to monitor for additional access and credentialing information and share as available. (ATA and National BEOC call notes)
New Jersey has issued a temporary waiver of requirement for IRP and IFTA trip permits: http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/About/Admin_Order_2012_04.pdf
Large numbers of communications towers for cellular service are out. Landline and VoIP service impacts are also noted due to storm damage.
Rail service has suffered significant impacts due to debris and damage.
Departments of Revenue, Labor & Industry Extend State Tax, Unemployment Compensation Tax Deadlines for Employers Impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In general, Pennsylvania will follow Internal Revenue Service rules outlined in recent news releases (IR-2012-82) that extended federal tax deadlines to Nov. 7. (http://www.dli.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/l_i_home/5278 via PA VOAD)
New Jersey and Pennsylvania have extended expiration dates for driver's licenses, vehicle registrations, identification cards, and vehicle inspection stickers
Pennsylvania: www.dmv.state.pa.us. (via PA VOAD)
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in consultation with the US Department of Energy, issued an emergency waiver of the Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel specifications in mobile nonroad diesel engines in New Jersey. The waiver will be in effect through November 13. http://www.oe.netl.doe.gov/named_event.aspx?ID=67
As of 1:00 pm EDT, October 31, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that Sector New York ports are closed to all ships except commercial vessels with specific approval from the Captain of the Port. In Sector Southeastern New England, southern Massachusetts ports have reopened fully and both Rhode Island ports are open with restrictions. All ports have reopened in Sector Baltimore, Sector Boston, Sector Delaware Bay, Sector Hampton Roads; and Sector Long Island Sound. (Energy.gov situation report #7 - http://www.oe.netl.doe.gov/emergency_sit_rpt.aspx)
As of 8:00 a.m. EDT, October 31, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reports three nuclear power units in the Northeastern United States continue to be shut down and one unit remains reduced as a result of impacts from Hurricane Sandy. Yesterday (October 30), the NRC confirmed that at the sites of three reactors that shut down during the storm (Indian Point 3 and Nine Mile Point 1 in New York, and Salem 1 in New Jersey) and at Exelon’s Oyster Creek nuclear station, all safety systems had responded fully as designed. (Energy.gov situation report #7 - http://www.oe.netl.doe.gov/emergency_sit_rpt.aspx)
Power companies have crews of staff, contractors, and loaned staff from other states working to respond to outages following the storm. (Energy.gov situation report #7 - http://www.oe.netl.doe.gov/emergency_sit_rpt.aspx) A list of outage information websites is at the end of this report.
Many transportation routes are closed. Check local Port Authority website (http://www.panynj.gov/) and DOT / 511 for up to date information. A list of road closure information resources is at the end of this report.
OSHA issued safety tips for storm response: http://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/hurricane/osharesources.html
ALAN is an official partner of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD, www.nvoad.org). National VOAD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership based organization that serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery —to help disaster survivors and their communities. ALAN supports state and National VOAD members by offering assistance identifying transportation services, staging areas, storage, expert advice and other vital resources.
ALAN is participating in VOAD, Emergency Management, and Business Emergency Operations Centers (BEOC) conference calls and monitoring media outlets for information. As of now we have the following open requests and are entertaining DONATED offers only at this time.
· Transportation: 4+ semi loads of cleaning supplies from Salt Lake City, UT (2+) and Baldwin, LA (2+) to NY/NJ. Need pending additional details.
· Food: Bulk quantities for the Mountaineer Foodbank in West Virginia. Because of the storm and increased demand on Food Banks and Pantries there is an even greater need for donations of food, in particularly frozen and refrigerated food.
· Power and clean up supplies: Generators, dewatering pumps, clean up materials/kits, shovels, bags, and cleaning materials for salt water are needed to support businesses in Queens.
The ALAN portal is being used as the aggregator portal for all the states in the disaster zone. It may take a few days before needs are posted as local resources are exhausted and gaps emerge. Please check the portal to see what needs have been posted or request registration to receive notifications.
NOTE: Offers of support from member organizations may also be posted to the portal (preferred) or sent to Kathy@ALANAid.org for review and processing. Offers should include product / service, quantity, location, and contact information. Links to opportunities for volunteer support are posted on the Points of Light website: http://www.pointsoflight.org/Volunteer_for_Disaster_Relief
Businesses with associates impacted by Sandy can direct them to 211 / United Way. 211 provides referrals for services and emotional / spiritual care. New Jersey and New York links included. Additional to be added. http://www.nj211.org/hurricane.cfm http://www.uwnys.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4