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What you need to Regsiter with FEMA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FEMA   
Thursday, 19 June 2008 09:04
A MESSAGE FOR PEOPLE WITH FLOOD DAMAGED PROPERTY:
REGISTERING BY TELEPHONE OR ONLINE IS THE ONLY WAY TO ACCESS FEMA AID.
TO REGISTER YOU NEED
• YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
• A PHONE NUMBER
• ADDRESS AND DESCRIPTION OF THE DAMAGED PROPERTY
• INSURANCE INFORMATION, IF YOU HAVE INSURANCE AND
• YOUR CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS
CALL FEMA ANY TIME, 7 DAYS A WEEK, 24 HOURS A DAY. THE NUMBER IS 1-800-621-FEMA. THAT’S 1-800-621-F-E-M-A.
OR REGISTER ONLINE AT FEMA-DOT-GOV.

 
2008 BLUES FEST STILL ON ! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MVBS   
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 17:03

 

For Immediate Release Contact: Karen McFarland

June 18, 2008 563-508-6596

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COME SUN OR HIGH WATER

IH MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BLUES FESTIVAL PLAYS ON



DAVENPORT, Iowa—The IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival will go on as planned, July 3 – 5, despite flooding in the Quad-City area. The Mississippi Valley Blues Society, producer of the festival, is arranging contingency locations for the festival in case the City of Davenport public works department decides that Le Claire Park’s grass areas won’t be dry enough in time for the festival.

The city and festival producers will meet next week to assess park conditions. According to the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival’s economic benefit to the area is $2.5 million.

“The Flood of 2008 has Midwest residents singing the blues, and that’s all the more reason to make sure our festival goes on as planned during the Fourth of July holiday weekend,” says Karen McFarland, IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival spokesperson. “By the holiday, people will be needing a break from cleanup efforts, or looking for a festival to attend because of their hometown festival cancellations. We welcome everyone to come to the Quad Cities and enjoy three great days of world-class music, great food and lots of fun with family and friends.”

McFarland notes that many Iowa festivals have had to cancel portions of their event or find alternative locations. Burlington cancelled a portion of its Steamboat Days, Cedar Rapids has cancelled some of its opening events for Freedom Festival and Cedar Falls is investigating alternative locations for some of its Sturgis Falls events.

Organizers for the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival met yesterday to discuss two contingency locations for the festival including Davenport Municipal Airport (Mount Joy) and the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. The airport commission will meet Monday to make a decision, and the fair has placed a tentative hold on its calendar for the festival.

“We appreciate the quick response from both the airport commission and the fairground management to assist us in our contingency planning,” says McFarland. “The airport welcomed us and provided great hospitality in 1993 when we needed to move the fest due to flooding.”

McFarland says the large lawn area at the airport and the existing infrastructure at the fairgrounds make both locations nice alternatives to LeClaire Park, but adds her “heart and blues soul is hoping and holding out for the LeClaire Park venue.

“For blues enthusiasts, what makes our festival extra special is that LeClaire Park is rooted in the blues, with the Mississippi River and Highway 61, the blues highway, bordering the park, and a railroad track running right along the side,” says McFarland. “But no matter where this year’s fest is located, festival goers can expect the same great caliber of artists the Blues Society has been attracting for the last 23 festivals—and of course, the same great fun!”

Advance three-day passes are available for $40 and must be purchased before June 30. Advance one-day passes are $15 per day for MVBS and IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union members, the credit union is presenting sponsor. Children ages 14 and under will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult with a ticket. Advance tickets may be purchased at all IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union branches, at the River Center/Adler Theatre box office in Davenport, or through Ticketmaster. One-day tickets will be sold at the gate for $18.

For 24 years, the IH Mississippi Blues Festival has attracted local, regional and national legendary blues acts, making it one of the most highly regarded blues festivals in the nation. Headliners for this year’s festival include Koko Taylor, Elvin Bishop, Denise LaSalle, Otis Taylor and the Black Banjo Project, Billy Boy Arnold with Jody Williams and The Homes Brothers, plus another 22 acts on two stages. For more information about the festival, artists and lodging, please visit www.mvbs.org or call 563-32-BLUES.

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Use Caution When Returning Home To Clean Up After Flood or Tornado PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FEMA   
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 05:21
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Disaster officials urge Iowa residents to take extra precautions when returning to flood-damaged homes, apartments or businesses to avoid accidents and injury. The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) caution that all danger has not passed simply because the water is receding.

Flood hazards leave behind exposed electrical wires, contaminated floodwater and weakened structures. These are not always obvious, but can be life-threatening.

BEFORE ENTERING A BUILDING

•       Check the outside of the building: Call your utility company immediately if you see downed power lines, detect gas leaks (Natural gas leaks smell like rotten eggs.) or see water gurgling up from underground.
•       Look for external damage: Examine the foundation for cracks or other damage. Inspect porch roofs, overhangs and the foundation. If you find obvious damage, ask a building inspector to check the building before you go inside.
•       Enter the building carefully: If the door sticks at the top as it opens, it could mean the ceiling is ready to cave in. Don’t walk under a sagging ceiling until it has been checked.

AFTER ENTERING A BUILDING

•       Turn off the main electricity breakers and valves for water and gas. Even if the power company has turned off electricity to the area, be sure to disconnect your home’s main power supply. Have all utility connections inspected before resuming their use. Do not use appliances or motors that were exposed to water until they have been cleaned and dried.
•       Dress for safety. A disposable dust mask will keep out nuisance dust, but consider a specialized mask with changeable filters to filter mold spores (organic vapor), asbestos, lead or other contaminants. Wear safety glasses, leather or rubber gloves and protective shoes (Avoid rubber-soled athletic shoes when walking in or around debris). This will minimize harm to you if you encounter a hazard. Hard hats, long sleeves and pants are encouraged to guard against bumps and scrapes.
•       Look before you step: Floors and stairs may be covered with debris and may be very slippery. Watch out for window glass, broken bottles, nails and other hazards.
•       Watch for critters: Snakes, skunks, raccoons and other wildlife seeking high ground may choose your home for safety. Proceed with caution to avoid being startled.
•       Be alert for gas leaks: Do not strike a match or use an open flame when entering a building unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage, not an open flame.
•       Be aware of water-borne health hazards: Floodwaters pick up sewage and chemicals from roads, farms, factories, and storage buildings. Inside the home, any flooded items, such as wallboard and mattresses, will hold mud and contamination forever. Throw them out. Spoiled food, water-logged cosmetics and medicine are also health hazards. When in doubt, throw it out. Don’t let children play in standing water following a flood.

CLEANING UP A BUILDING

•       Hose the house: Many health hazards are found in the mud and silt that floodwaters leave behind. Shovel as much mud and debris as possible out of the house, then hose it down, inside and out.
•       Expect mold growth. Within days of being waterlogged, dry wall, upholstered furniture and wooden fixtures may develop mold or mildew. Mold and mildew can be health hazards. Ask your local health authorities for information on removing mold.
•       Carbon monoxide exhaust kills: Do not use camp stoves and charcoal grills indoors. All cooking on camp stoves and charcoal grills should be done outside. Gas and charcoal fumes can be deadly.
•       For several days after you return, be on the lookout for any broken utility connections: Broken water or sewer pipes, bent gas pipes and damaged electrical outlets or fixtures can be serious hazard. Get damage repaired as quickly as possible.

WHILE TRAVELING TO AND FROM HOME FOLLOWING A DISASTER

•       Beware of water on the road. Water covering the road could hide potholes or washed-away sections of road.  Never drive around barriers. Cars are buoyant and can begin to float in less than 24” of water. Turn around. Don’t drown. Also, water can rise very quickly. You don’t want be caught half way to the other side.
•       Sightseeing can be hazardous following a disaster. Consider all downed power lines “live.” Broken water lines could undermine roads. Drive defensively. Encourage sightseers to stay away. Even pulling off the road onto soggy road shoulders or medians could lead to an unnecessary tow truck rescue.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

•       Register with FEMA. Notifying your local government or non-profit organizations about damage to your home does not register you with FEMA. Call toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY or 800-462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairment or go online at www.fema.gov.
•       If new weather events cause additional damage to your property after you register, call and update you damage report - even after an inspector has visited your property. The federal major disaster declaration for Iowa began May 25 and continues.

FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion, nationality, age, disability, English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you or someone you known has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY Call 800-462-7585.

Editors: More information about the Iowa disaster is available online at www.fema.gov or www.Iowahomelandsecurity.org

 
Gaines Chapel AME Church Food Pantry flood update PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Tuesday, 17 June 2008 21:42

Gaines Chapel AME Church, which is home to one of Churches United's food pantries in East Moline, is totally flooded with flood and sewer waters.  Although the church sanctuary is still functional, the entire downstairs, which includes the fellowship hall and common areas, has been flooded.  This common area is also where the food pantry is located and has been functioning as a food pantry for over 20 years!  After the waters recede, the pantry will be in need of individuals to help clean up and in need of resources to replace refrigerators, freezers, etc.  There isn't any timetable set up as of yet.  For those who use the food pantry, Christ United Methodist Church will be taking all of Gaines' clients.  Please keep the pantry, its volunteers and the people who must utilize another food pantry while this is closed in your prayers. Thank you from Churches United of the Quad City Area.

 
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