Emergency Information for OMSA Members

Hurricane Harvey/Irma information and internet links are posted below for the use of the OMSA membership.  If there are additional items we should add to this page, please email richard.wells@offshoremarine.org with the recommended information.

 

For port status go to https://homeport.uscg.mil/ and click on the "Port Directory' tab at the top of the page, then from the drop down menu at the top left side of that page select the Sector covering the port of interest; Corpus Christi, Houston-Galveston Morgan City, Miami, etc. The port status is listed on the far right side at the middle of the page (but also check the MSIBs posted just below the port status section, as not all port status dashboards appear to be updated). 

 

Information Links

FEMA Daily Situation Report (Scroll down for current report)

Temporary Emergency Berthing Vessels_D8(dp) Policy Ltr 01-2016  (May be applied to berthing vessels using portable accommodations)

Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District Floodgate status

National Hurricane Center Tropical Weather Outlook

American Red Cross - Houston

The Houma Navigational Canal (Bubba Dove) and Bayou Grand Caillou Floodgates will be closed at Noon on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, due to Tropical Storm Harvey.  Please click here for details.

OSHA Hurricane/Flood Decontamination Guidance

USCG Free and Rapid Replacement of lost/damaged Mariner Credentials by Harvey/Irma: Details, click here.

USCG Regional Exam Center (REC) Miami, Charleston, and San Juan will be closed until further notice.  REC Houston is providing limited services. Houston details are here. Please do not fax or mail applications to REC Houston/San Juan/Miami at this time. Full details are here.

FEMA Advises Disaster Applicants to Beware of Rumors, Misinformation, and Fraud

Cyber-security Warning

National Cyber Awareness System:

 

Potential Hurricane Harvey Phishing Scams

Original release date: August 28, 2017

US-CERT warns users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on interest in Hurricane Harvey. Users are advised to exercise caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Harvey, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source. Fraudulent emails will often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Emails requesting donations from duplicitous charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to use caution when encountering these types of email messages and take the following preventative measures to protect themselves from phishing scams and malware campaigns:

 

  • Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages.
  • Use caution when opening email attachments. Refer to the US-CERT Tip Using Caution with Email Attachments for more information on safely handling email attachments.
  • Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date.
  • Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information on social engineering attacks.
  • Review the Federal Trade Commission information on Charity Scams.
  • Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB National Charity Report Index.
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  • Hurricane-Related Scams

    Original release date: September 08, 2017

    As the peak of the 2017 hurricane season approaches, US-CERT warns users to be watchful for various malicious cyber activity targeting both disaster victims and potential donors. Users should exercise caution when handling emails that relate to recent hurricanes, even if those emails appear to originate from trusted sources. Disaster-related phishing emails may trick users into sharing sensitive information. Such emails could also contain links or attachments directing users to malware-infected websites. In addition, users should be wary of social media pleas, calls, texts, or door-to-door solicitations relating to the recent hurricanes.

    To avoid becoming a victim of fraudulent activity, users and administrators should consider taking the following preventive measures:

FEMA Hurricane Harvey Resources

Release date: 

August 28, 2017

Residents and would-be contractors and volunteers have plenty of resources to link them with help, as well as volunteer and other opportunities.

Here is a partial list. Keep in mind that the situation is evolving daily and some information may change or become outdated:

LIFE SAFETY:

  • Anyone needing help (not a life-threatening emergency): 211

  • To report a missing child, contact the National Emergency Child Locator Center: 866-908-9570

  • To talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, visit http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.  

HARRIS COUNTY specific:

GENERAL INFORMATION:

FEMA Volunteer Information

 Private Sector 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.