12. Daily Operations Briefings

I would like to begin by stating that tonight’s program is not an April Fools’ Day gag. At the present time I receive four daily emailed reports on disaster operations in the United States, two from Red Cross and two from FEMA.

Smallest is the National Operations Brief from the U.S. Fire Administration.  Today’s brief was just two pages long, and included such information as fire weather warnings, a small space weather report, new disaster declarations, weather forecasts and health information. Anyone should be able to subscribe at no cost at www.usfa.fema.gov . Click the EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS link in the upper right of the home page.

The American Red Cross offers the Disaster Services Operation Morning Report, and the Daily Disaster Update for the use of their paid and volunteer staff. Today’s Morning Report was five pages of new and ongoing incidents involving the Red Cross. Today’s Update is nineteen pages of disaster information in-depth from Red Cross, FEMA and other sources. Subscriptions to either or both of these can be arranged from The Exchange, an internal Red Cross site. Contact your Red Cross Chapter for access.

Finally, there’s the FEMA Daily Operations Briefing. The Briefing is similar in size and content to the Red Cross Daily Disaster Update, but directed to a FEMA audience rather than Red Cross staff. I don’t have a correct subscription procedure, but Ron, W8ILC may be able to assist. Drop him an email at w8ilc@aol.com .