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HOW TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS IN TEXAS

Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory

HOW TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS IN TEXAS

 

August 29, 2017

The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Please follow a few important guidelines below to ensure your support can be the most helpful for Tropical Storm Harvey disaster survivors.

TO DONATE TO RELIEF EFFORTS

The most effective way to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations.

Cash donations offer voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location. This inflow of cash also pumps money back into the local economy and helps local businesses recover faster.

Please do not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs at this time. When used personal items are donated, the helping agencies must redirect their staff away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Donate through a trusted organization.  At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. Individuals, corporations, and volunteers, can learn more about how to help on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website.

In addition to the national members, The Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations providing services to survivors.  Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.

TO PERSONALLY VOLUNTEER IN THE DISASTER AREAS

The State of Texas is asking volunteers to not self-deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders.

The National VOAD has also noted the situation may not be conducive to volunteers entering the impacted zone and individuals may find themselves turned away by law enforcement.

To ensure volunteer safety, as well as the safety of disaster survivors, volunteers should only go into affected areas with a specific volunteer assignment, proper safety gear, and valid identification.

At this time, potential volunteers are asked to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in Texas and supporting survivors on the ground.

The National and Texas VOAD websites are offering links to those who wish to register to volunteer with community- and faith-based organizations working in the field.

Most importantly, please be patient. Although the need is great, and desire to help strong, it is important to avoid donating material goods or self-deploying to help until communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific unmet needs are.

Volunteer generosity helps impacted communities heal from the tragic consequences of disasters, but recovery lasts much longer than today. There will be volunteer needs for many months, and years, after the disaster, so sign up now.

Tropical Storm Harvey is still dangerous, with the potential to impact additional areas of Texas and Louisiana. As the situation changes, needs may also change in these areas. Continue monitoring traditional and social media channels to learn more.

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.

 

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

 

Fairview Rural FD Hiring Drive/Operator

FAIRVIEW RURAL FIRE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYMENT NOTICE 

DRIVER/OPERATOR 

The Fairview Rural Fire Department will be accepting applications August 15, 2017 – September 11, 2017 to fill a full-time Driver/Operator (FS4) position working rotating 24-hour shifts (A, B, C).

PAY: $41,453.60 Annually (Per Wake County Fire Compensation Administrative Guidelines, dated

July 1, 2016 – $12.41 Hourly & Structural OT @ $18.62 Hourly) + Benefits

STATUS: 24-Hour Shift

JOB DESCRIPTION

The purpose of this position is to provide rapid fire suppression response to protect life and property by controlling and extinguishing fires including rescue, forcible entry, ventilation, and salvage work. Job responsibilities include the following: drive fire apparatus to fire and emergency scenes; pump water to fire at designated pressure and ensure that suction hoses and fire hoses are properly located; perform related mathematical calculations and functions; perform basic rescue functions in vehicle and machinery extrication; respond to medical emergencies; respond to after-effects of hazardous weather; act in absence of company officer on assigned shift; instruct other fire personnel in operation and care of fire equipment; inspect and maintain fire apparatus, equipment, and EMT supplies to include daily checks of engine, pumping and other equipment on apparatuses; recognize defects in the mechanical operation or condition of assigned equipment; performance of limited mechanical work involved in maintaining fire apparatuses, equipment, and tools; participate in pre-fire surveys and prepare scaled drawings; participate in in-service training, continuing education courses, and scheduled drills; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others requiring emergency assistance; provide training to the general public on fire prevention awareness; participate in special projects as assigned; maintain records and prepare reports; perform related tasks as required; clean and perform maintenance of fire station and grounds.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

1. U.S. Citizen

2. High School Diploma or GED

3. Must be at least 21 years old

4. Three (3) years of fire service experience

5. Firefighter Level I & II Certification (NFPA 1001) (IFSAC, ProBoard, DOD)

6. Emergency Vehicle Driver (NFPA 1002)

7. Driver/Operator-Pumps certification (NFPA1002) (IFSAC, ProBoard, DOD)

8. N.C. EMT

9. Hazardous Materials Responder – Level I (NFPA 472 and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120) (IFSAC, ProBoard, DOD)

10. NIMS 100, 200, 700, & 800 (meeting objectives of NFPA 1561)

11. Bloodborne Pathogens Training (meeting objectives of NFPA 1581 and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1003)

12. Current Hepatitis B vaccination

13. Must have a Class “B” Drivers License

FAIRVIEW RURAL FIRE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYMENT NOTICE 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

• Applications are available for download on our website at www.fairviewfd.com or they can be picked up Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at:

Fairview Fire Department Station 1

4501 Ten-Ten Road

Apex, NC 27539

• Please contact Sherri @ 919-362-8445 or sherri.deroche@fairviewfd.com with any questions.

• All applications must be in the office no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 11, 2017 to be considered.

Each application must be accompanied by the following: o Documentation of all required certifications 

o Current Driving Record from NCDMV 

o Certified Criminal Background Check from law enforcement or court system in County of residence 

Any application submitted without ALL required documentation will not be considered.

2017 NCSFA Award Winners

At the NCSFA’s 130th Annual Meeting and Annual Banquet the Board of Directors and membership honored two special award recipients.  John Powell (pictured in the center of the top photo) received the Firefighter of the Year award.  Firefighter Powell is from Winston-Salem Fire Department and was selected as this years recipient due to his continued acts of “…courage, professionalism, kindness and compassion…” as described by his nominator, Gerrod Hardy.

Also awarded this year was the first ever Medal of Valor Award to David Shelton (pictured to the right of the bottom photo) of Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department.  Firefighter Shelton rescued someone from a burning structure prior to apparatus getting on scene back in April of this year.  His nominator and Fire Chief, Joshua Norton, said that he is “…blessed to have such dedicated firefighters…” as Shelton on his department and as members of their community.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the membership of the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association, congratulations to both John Powell and David Shelton on being recipients of the 2017 NCSFA Awards, both are very much deserved.