Box Elder County Emergency Response


#BEFlooding2017
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASES (click here)


DONATIONS:
We are currently accepting cash donations through the United Way.  You can go to http://www.uwnu.org/disaster to donate cash (they take credit cards).  Please note that this is the only place we are asking for funds.  If someone contacts you about giving money towards the flooding efforts and they are not from the United Way (asking to pay through the website link above), please disregard their request.  They may be trying to take advantage of the situation.

 



RED CROSS INFORMATION ON FLOODING (IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP WITH FLOODING DAMAGES)
The Red Cross can provide referrals to many organizations to assist with muck out (clean up) and repair of flood damages.
It should be noted, that while active flooding is going on the Red Cross has no capabilities to provide pumps or sand bags. Active flooding should be triaged by City/County Management.


Calls are being taken by the Red Cross who are scheduling both Team Rubicon and Southern Baptists on a case-by-case basis.  You can contact Kelly Reyes with the Red Cross at 801-597-2612.  Kelly says between Elko, NV and northern Utah, she has 165 cases with the recent flooding events.  Suggestions for residents would be as follows:

  •        Get the flooded house dry.  This might mean purchasing or borrowing a sump pump, wet/dry vac, and fans or hiring a company to dry the space. Neither Team Rubicon nor the Southern Baptists can come into a wet home to help. 
  •        Once all the water is out it might be helpful to kill the mold potential (or even visual mold) by spraying it (in a well-ventilated room/area) with a product like Bleach or even “KILZ” to seal concrete or drywall.
  •        Southern Baptists and Team Rubicon are able to come in and do the demolition of sheetrock and other flood-damaged materials and then spray a product that helps fight the mold from growing.  Mold can come even after a home is dry because of the moisture is in the air and walls and if the moisture is still present.
  •        It will be the home owner’s responsibility to either hire a contractor or do the reconstruction him/herself.  If a family qualifies for assistance, groups like Habitat for Humanity may have materials for reconstruction (depending upon donations).  Currently, the county is asking for money donations through United Way of Northern Utah.
  •        Note: This process takes possibly months to get homes dry and corrected.  Please be patient.

Other services the Red Cross can refer individuals and families are:

  • Mental Health Referrals
  • Clean Up Kits
  • Appliance/Furniture Assistance
  • Emergency Food / Clothing
  • Emergency Lodging (Major Damage)
  • Health Services Referrals
  • Spiritual Care Referrals
  • Disaster Damage Assessment
Services the Red Cross provide are available to all persons regardless of income, race, sex, religion, etc.

If persons need access to Red Cross Services / Referrals that did not attend one of the MARC’s they can call Kelly Reyes with the Red Cross at 801-597-2612.

If persons would like to donate directly to the Red Cross or volunteer to help, they can call 801-627-0000.

 



WASTE BINS FOR FLOOD WASTE:
Currently, there are dumpsters or waste bins for those who have flooding-related waste.  They can be found at the following locations:
13600 North, East Garland Park, Riverside Park, the west end of Rocket Road.
These bins are only for waste that is from the flooding of someone's home (ie carpet, soggy boxes, etc...).  Please do not put anything hazardous in these bins.  If you notice the bin is full, please call 435-695-2554 and we will contact the bin operator to have it dumped.  Please do not throw anything outside the bin on the ground.  These bins will only be out for a short period of time.

 


 

SANDBAGGING OR COMMUNITY NEEDS CONTACTS:
If you live in incorporated cities within Box Elder County and are having flooding issues, please contact your local community based on your location:

City

City Hrs

Address

Phones 

Bear River

9-3 M-Th

5871 N 4700 W, 84301

435-279-9047

Brigham

8-5 M-F

20 N Main, 84302

435-734-6612

Corinne

2-6 M/T 9-1 Th/F

2420 N 4000 W, 84307

435-744-5566

Deweyville

10-2 T&Th

8965 N Hwy 38, 84309

435-239-7312

Elwood

8-4 M-F

5235 W 8800 N, 84337

435-257-5518

Fielding    

as needed

150 S 100 W, 84311

435-458-3682 

Garland

8-5 M-F

72 N Main, 83212

435-257-3118

Honeyville

8-12 & 1-4 M-F

2635 W 6980 N, 84314

435-279-8425

Howell

8-10 MWF

15970 N 17400 W, 84316

435-471-7331 

Mantua

9-1 M-F

409 N Main, 84324

435-723-7054

Perry

7-5 M-Th 9-1 F

3005 S 1200 W, 84302

435-723-6461

Plymouth

11-4 M-W&F

20120 N 5200 W, 84330

435-239-7278

Portage

10-4 Wed

25880 N 9000 W, 84331

435-866-2108

Snowville

9-2 M

20 W Main, 84336

435-872-8501

Tremonton

9-5 M-F

102 S Tremont St, 84337

435-257-9500

Willard

9-5 M-F

80 W 50 S, 84340

435-734-9881

UNINCORPORATED

8-5 M-F

52 S 1000 W, BC, 84302

435-734-3813



HEALTH RELATED LINKS:
Here's a link on cleaning indoor sewer contamination: http://www.brhd.org/documents/environmental-health/wastewater/412-cleaning/file.html
Here's what to do with your septic system in a flooding situation: http://www.brhd.org/documents/environmental-health/wastewater/411-septic/file.html
Here's what to do with your well in a flooding situation: http://www.brhd.org/documents/emergency-plans/414-wells-after-flood-1/file.html
The Bear River Health Department is offering free bacteria testing: http://www.brhd.org/images/Free_Bacteria_Testing.pdf

Keep yourself safe...

WATER CONTAMINATION ISSUES:  
Flooding and Storm Water are most likely contaminated and protective actions and measures are required.

  •          Storm/Sewer Drains are frequently running above capacity and overflowing - injecting human waste into the flood waters
  •          Animal feces are present from farm field runoff
  •          Flood runoff from farm fields also carries fertilizer and other farm chemicals
  •          It is possible that animal carcasses could be present in the flood waters

Recommended Safety Actions:

  •          Refrain from contacting flood waters with bare skin
  •          Keep water out of eyes, nose, mouth and ears
  •          Refrain/Use Caution when eating/drinking - when in contact with Flood Waters
  •          IF water is contacted – recommend washing affected areas with quality soap and HOT water for at least 30 seconds
  •          Remove work clothing when you arrive home to prevent contamination of your home.
  •          Shower upon arriving home



NEWS REPORTS:

Here are a few news reports:



FEMA - HOW DISASTERS ARE DECLARED:

Source: http://www.fema.gov/declaration-process

 

Guiding principle: All disasters are local first. Cities have the primary authority to prepare for and respond to disasters. County, state and federal government partners (in that order) stand ready and willing to help when needed. 

 

When an incident is expected to overwhelm resources at the local level, requests for assistance are made through mutual aid or to the county. The county then makes requests to the state, which can request help from other states or to the federal government through FEMA. 

How it works: Three types of assistance can come from FEMA: Individual Assistance (IA) (to homeowners), Public Assistance (PA) (for infrastructure), and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) (to lessen future disaster impacts). 

 

For Federal Declarations to be approved, FEMA has established disaster thresholds based on population for each county and each state. For Utah, the State threshold is $3.9 million. A specific threshold has to be met in each affected county and at the state level. Thresholds are met with consideration towards eligible damages to public facilities, infrastructure, and historical properties.  Damages covered by insurance must first be deducted before figuring cost estimates against the threshold amount. Private property damages are not a considered cost towards the threshold. 


If it appears that Utah would meet the threshold, the Governor can request a preliminary damage assessment from FEMA. A team would arrive and work with state and local partners to determine if the thresholds are met and are likely eligible. 

 

If so, the Governor, through the Utah Division of Emergency Management, would likely declare a state of emergency and request a disaster declaration to the President through FEMA Region VIII in Denver. If approved by the President in consultation with FEMA, eligible infrastructure damages are reimbursed by the federal government at a 75 percent share. The other 25 percent is a shared state and local cost. 

 

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, is available only when the President has declared a disaster and is 15 percent of the total FEMA cost of the disaster. 

State resources:  The State of Utah maintains a disaster recovery restricted account (53-2a-603) that provides certain amounts of emergency reimbursement to state agencies that respond in disasters. A local declaration is needed to activate this account and reimbursement is available only to State agencies who have responded to the incident. The costs may count toward the State’s match if a federal declaration is awarded. Resources are coordinated through the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management, Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Resource requests made to the EOC are filled by in-state available resources, by FEMA Region VIII, or through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. 


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