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Resources for educators/parents in helping students deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

American School Counselor Association (ASCA): List of articles, and recorded webinars: specifically the "Supporting Students After a Crisis and Loss".

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Resources as well as tips on support after, tips for parents, helping kids cope, simple activities for children and adolescents, age-related reactions to Traumatic Events, and a list of many more. Also See Teacher Guidelines for Helping Students after a Hurricane.

The National Child Trauma Stress Network: Child Trauma Toolkit For Educators: provides school administrators, teachers, staff and concerned parents with basic information about working with traumatized children in a school system.

Hurricane Florence Information

DoDEA Operations Status Update as of Wednesday, September 19th

Update Fort Bragg

The DoDEA Evacuation for DoDEA personnel (and their authorized dependents) assigned to Fort Bragg is terminated as of 1600 hours, Wednesday, 19 September 2018. Eligible DoDEA employees that evacuated to a safe haven location will be reimbursed for lodging through the night of Wednesday, 19 September 2018. Employees will not be reimbursed for evacuation-related expenses incurred after Thursday, 20 September 2018. DoDEA personnel assigned to Fort Bragg should report for duty to resume normal school operations on Friday, 21 September 2018 or as directed by the DoDEA Mid-Atlantic Superintendent. DoDEA personnel that are unable to return to duty as ordered should contact their supervisor to explain the reason for their delayed return. Questions regarding the evacuation termination order can be provided to the at toll free 1-833-816-1638 or commercial 571-372-0585.

Camp Lejeune

The DoDEA Evacuation for DoDEA personnel (and their authorized dependents) assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is terminated as of 1200 hours, Thursday, 20 September 2018. DoDEA employees that evacuated to a safe haven location will be reimbursed for lodging through the night of Thursday, 20 September 2018. Employees will not be reimbursed for evacuation-related expenses incurred after Friday, 21 September 2018. DoDEA personnel assigned to Camp Lejeune should report for duty to resume school operations on Monday, 24 September 2018 or as directed by the DoDEA Mid-Atlantic Superintendent. DoDEA personnel that are unable to return to duty as ordered should contact their supervisor to explain the reason for their delayed return. Questions regarding the evacuation termination order can be provided to the at toll free 1-833-816-1638 or commercial 571-372-0585.

DoDEA Operations Status Update as of Tuesday, September 18th

Camp Lejeune, NC

DoDEA schools at Camp Lejeune are closed through Friday, September 21st. Personnel should continue to monitor the DoDEA Hurricane Florence webpage and messages/emails to your personal phone and email account for further updates.

Fort Bragg, NC

DoDEA schools at Fort Bragg will remain closed through Wednesday, September 19. Decisions for Thursday and Friday will be made on Wednesday based on weather conditions at that time. Personnel should continue to monitor the DoDEA Hurricane Florence webpage and messages/emails to your personal phone and email account for further updates.

DoDEA Operations Status Update as of Monday, September 17th

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort/ Laurel Bay

DoDEA personnel will report to duty on Tuesday, 18 September to resume normal school operations.

Camp Lejeune

DoDEA schools at Camp Lejeune are closed through Friday, September 21st.

Personnel should continue to monitor the DoDEA Hurricane Florence webpage and messages/emails to your personal phone and email account for further updates.

Fort Bragg

DoDEA schools at Fort Bragg are closed on Tuesday, September 18th and Wednesday, September 19th. Personnel should continue to monitor the DoDEA Hurricane Florence webpage and messages/emails to your personal phone and email account for further updates.

DoDEA Operations Status Update as of Sunday, September 16th

Personnel Beaufort, Lejeune, and Bragg are reminded to carefully monitor the latest information on command webpages and Facebook sites.

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort/ Laurel Bay

Effective 1600, Sunday, 16 September 2018, the DoDEA Director is terminating the evacuation order for DoDEA personnel (and authorized dependents) assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort/ Laurel Bay. DoDEA personnel will report to duty on Tuesday, 18 September to resume normal school operations. Please read the termination order completely. The DoDEA Resource Management Division will provide on-site assistance to MCAS Beaufort/Laurel Bay personnel for filing evacuation-related travel claims. The assistance team will be on site at dates/times to be determined."

Fort Jackson

DoDEA Schools and offices will operate as normal on Monday.

Camp Lejeune

Camp Lejeune Schools will remain closed through at least Friday, Sept. 21 The evacuation order for DoDEA employees assigned to Camp Lejeune will remain in effect through at least Friday, as well. Employees are advised to continue to check this webpage and DoDEA Notification System (DNS) messages sent to personal phones and email accounts for further updates.

Fort Bragg

DoDEA schools at Fort Bragg are closed on Monday, September 17th. The DoDEA Director has authorized DoDEA employees assigned to Fort Bragg, NC that reside in the vicinity of the Little River and Cape Fear River (as established by local city/county evacuation orders) to evacuate to a safe haven location no more than 450 miles from Fort Bragg, NC. The evacuation order entitles DoDEA employees (and their authorized dependents) evacuation allowances: mileage, tolls, per diem, and lodging. Please see the evacuation order for additional guidance concerning evacuation allowances. Employees will be placed in an administrative leave status (for duty days) during the duration of the evacuation period. Employees will have 24 hours to return to their primary duty station upon termination of the evacuation order. If you have any questions after reading the evacuation order, you can contact the or phone at toll free 1-833-816-1638, commercial 571-372-0585, providing your question/request with your full (legal) name and contact phone number(s). Please monitor your personal phone and email account(s) daily for information concerning this evacuation authorization."

Attached: Evacuation of DoDEA Employees Assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and that reside in the vicinity of the Little River and Cape Fear River.

DoDEA Operations as of Friday, September 14th

Hurricane Florence has made landfall on the East Coast as a Category 2 Hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. Computer model forecasts project the center of Florence will move further inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina today and Saturday. Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.

Because of the danger this storm presents, DoDEA school operations will be affected at the following schools:

DoDEA Schools in North Carolina (Camp Lejeune, MCAS New River and Fort Bragg) and in South Carolina (Fort Jackson and MCAS Beaufort/Laurel Bay) will be closed through Friday, September 14. Camp Lejeune and MCAS Beaufort will remain closed on Monday, Sept 17, as well.

We anticipate resuming to normal school operations as soon as possible. We will closely monitor the storm and its impact on DoDEA schools in the path of Hurricane Florence. Please consult the DoDEA, DoDEA Americas, and school websites in affected areas for updated information.


EVACUATED PERSONNEL: DoDEA-affiliated personnel that are evacuated as the result of an emergency event will complete the following personal accountability procedures upon arriving at the final safe haven location:

a. Contact their supervisor, if possible, to provide an accountability update for themselves and dependent family members.

b. Login to the FEPAAS at https://fepaas.whs.mil and click on the "Fourth Estate Civilians, OCONUS Contractors and their Families" link and update the contact information in the “Employee's Contact Info Tab.” FEPAAS can be accessed using a Common Access Card (CAC) or username and password login options.

c. If unable to access FEPAAS, DoDEA-affiliated personnel will use the below procedures to facilitate the update of emergency contact information in FEPAAS.

(1) Send an email to either:

(a) , providing full legal name(s), the safe haven location/address, and contact phone numbers.

(b) Contact the DoDEA Personnel Accountability Program Manager at toll free 1-833-816-1638, commercial 571-372-0585, Defense Switched Network (DSN) 372-0585, to provide location and contact information for the DoDEA Personnel Accountability Program Manager to record in FEPAAS.

Evactuation Orders

The DoDEA Director has authorized DoDEA employees assigned to Camp Lejeune and MCAS Beaufort to evacuate to a safe haven location no less than 100 miles and no more than 450 miles (unless approved) from your duty location.  The evacuation authorization entitles DoDEA employees (and their authorized dependents) evacuation allowances:  mileage, tolls, per diem, and lodging.  Please see the evacuation order (links below) for additional guidance concerning evacuation allowances.  Employees will be placed in an administrative leave status during the duration of the evacuation period.  Employees will have 24 hours to return to their primary duty station upon termination of the evacuation order.  If you have any questions after reading the evacuation order, you can contact the DoDEA Evacuation Help Desk at email: , or phone at toll free 1-833-816-1638, commercial 571-372-0585, providing your question/request with your full (legal) name, your safe haven location, and contact phone number(s).  Please monitor your personal phone and email account(s) daily for information concerning this evacuation authorization.

Camp Lejeune Evacuation Authorization

MCAS Beaufort Evacuation Authorization

To check evacuation allowances for your safe haven location, use the following website.

https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/perdiemCalc.cfm

Also, please see General DoDEA Evacuation Allowances and Payments Guidance.  This is a useful source for anyone wanting to better understand what is allowed before, during, and after an DoD ordered/authorized evacuation.

Members of the DoDEA Americas RM Staff will be on site at the evacuated installations, to meet face-to-face with evacuated employees, as soon as possible after the Director issues a termination order and schools reopen. RM will issue the employee a DD1610 TDY Travel Authorization on site and begin the reimbursement process by preparing a DD1351-2 Travel Voucher. In order to complete the reimbursement request, employees will be required to provide:

1. Evacuation Employee Information sheet completed and signed by the employee and supervisor.

2. SF1199 Direct Deposit Form completed and signed.

3. Lodging receipt(s), if any, in the employee's name with $0 balance indicated.

All other required documents, to form a complete reimbursement request packet, will be provided on site.

Questions should be directed to Carl Isbell, DoDEA Americas RM Chief, 678-364-8018, .


Hurricanes

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Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The Pacific hurricane season runs May 15 to November 30.

Hurricanes:

  • Can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.
  • Can affect areas more than 100 miles inland.
  • Are most active in September.
The Latest on Hurricane Florence

National Hurricane Center (NHC)

Tips from the Department of Homeland Security

prepareWhat to do before, during, and after a hurricane

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.
  • Monitor the local military installation and community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
  • Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds, such as a designated site on the military installation, FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.
  • Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
  • Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
  • Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
  • Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. Review insurance policies.

When a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving

  • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Stay tuned o instructions from your military community.
  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
  • Review your evacuation zone, evacuation route and shelter locations. Plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
  • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.

get informed

When a hurricane is 18-36 hrs from arriving

  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.

When a hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving

  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

listen to official broadcasts

When a hurricane is 6 hours from arriving

  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

Survive DURING

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Do not drive around barricades.
  • If sheltering during high winds, go to a FEMA safe room, ICC 500 storm shelter, or a small, interior, windowless room or hallway on the lowest floor that is not subject to flooding.
  • If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water.
  • Listen for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors ONLY and away from windows.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Listen to command and community authorities for information and special instructions.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A HURRICANE WARNING,
FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
  • Evacuate if told to do so.
  • Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
Helpful Links
National Hurricane Center (NHC)

National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Their vision is to be America's calm, clear, and trusted voice in the eye of the storm and, with its partners, enable communities to be safe from tropical weather threats. They are a great source of information on hurricanes and other storms.
National Hurricane Center (NHC)

NHC Hurricane Preparedness

National Hurricane Preparedness Information, including Current Forecast Information, Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources, Videos, and Social Media Links
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Ready.gov Hurricane Prep

Department of Homeland Security information on hurricane readiness, and how to make sure you and your family are prepared.