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Situation Reports / 15 Feb 2014

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – 09 Feb 2014
HIGHLIGHTS • The number of people from South Sudan seeking shelter in Sudan stands at some 24,700 as of 10 February, according to the Government of Sudan and humanitarian organisations. • The AU announced the resumption of negotiations between the Government of Sudan an d SPLM-N on the … Read more
European Commission Humanitarian Aid department – 13 Feb 2014
Messages clés – Suite à l’escalade de la violence intercommunautaire au début du mois de décembre 2013, le nombre de personnes déplacées internes (PDI s ) a dépassé les 714 000. Plus de 288 000 se trouvent dans la capitale, Bangui. 60% d’en tre elles sont des enfants. Plus de la moitié … Read more
European Commission Humanitarian Aid department – 13 Feb 2014
Key messages – Following the escalation of the inter-communal violence in the beginning of December 2013, the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Central African Republic has increased to more than 714 000. Over 288 000 are reported in the capital Bangui. Sixty percent of them are … Read more
World Food Programme – 15 Feb 2014
South Sudan was affected by poor macro-economic performance even before the breakout of the current crisis, showing declining per capita GDP, shortage of foreign reserves, deflation, and a high spread between official and informal exchange rates. Despite the improved harvest, the country will still … Read more
UN High Commissioner for Refugees – 31 Jan 2014
UNHCR operational highlights – The awareness campaign on the multi-year resettlement operation of Congolese refugees took place from January 22 to 28 in several communes of Bujumbura. The aim was to give all the information on this operation and to raise awareness about responsible behavior from … Read more
UN High Commissioner for Refugees – 31 Jan 2014
Faits marquants dans les opérations de l’UNHCR – La campagne de sensibilisation sur l’opération pluri-annuelle de réinstallation des réfugiés congolais s’est déroulée du 22 au 28 janvier dans plusieurs communes de la Mairie de Bujumbura. Le but était de donner toute l’information … Read more
Famine Early Warning System Network – 15 Feb 2014
Maize is the main staple crop in Tanzania. Rice and beans are also very important, the latter constituting the main source of protein for most low- and middle- income households. Dar es Salaam is the main consumer market in the country. Arusha is another important market and is linked with Kenya in … Read more
Famine Early Warning System Network – 15 Feb 2014
Maize, sorghum, wheat, and groundnuts are the most important food commodities in South Sudan. Sorghum, maize, and groundnuts are the staple foods for the poor in most rural areas. Maize flour and wheat (as bread) are more important for middle-income and rich households in urban areas. Sorghum and … Read more
Famine Early Warning System Network – 15 Feb 2014
Maize grain and maize meal are the most important food commodities and indicators of food security in Zambia. All of the markets represented — with the exception of Kitwe — are in provincial centers and thus provide a geographic representation. Chipata and Choma are both areas of high maize … Read more
Famine Early Warning System Network – 15 Feb 2014
Maize is the most widely consumed cereal by the rural poor. Sorghum is generally one of the cheapest cereals. Teff is also very important throughout the country. The most important markets for teff are the large cities including Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Mekele, and Dire Dawa. Addis Abada is the … Read more
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – 13 Feb 2014
**HIGHLIGHTS** – Humanitarian aid delivered, and civilians evacuated from the besieged Old City of Homs – Estimated hundreds of thousands displaced from eastern Aleppo City and rural areas. – Nine days of access to Yarmouk camp enables distribution of food, medicines and medical attention to … Read more
US Agency for International Development – 14 Feb 2014
**HIGHLIGHTS** – Approximately 707,400 people remain internally displaced in South Sudan as a result of hostilities that began on December 15. – U.N. Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos declared the current crisis in South Sudan a Level Three Emergency on February … Read more

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Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill washes ashore in Orange Beach, Ala in this June 2010 photo.

Crude oil, Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Orange Beach, Alabama US June 2010

Oil Spills

EPA Oil Spills
US Gov’t Oil Spill Incident News Site
EPA Superfund Emergency
EPA Oil Spill Response Guide
NOAA: Oil Spills Aids
NOAA: Oil Spills Response and Restoration
NOAA: Restoring Resources Lost in Oil Spills
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USCG: National Response Center
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Toxic Spills
Chemical Transportation Emergency Center
US Chemical Safety Investigation Board
Chemical Incidents Reports Center
EPA Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention
EPA Superfund Emergency Response Team
EPA Environmental Response Center

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NOAA Spill Responder Tools

Oil Spill Response/Planning Tools

GNOME, NOAA’s oil spill trajectory model.
ADIOS, NOAA’s oil weathering model.
TAP, NOAA’s contingency planning tool.
Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps and data, concise summaries of coastal resources that may be at risk in a spill incident.
Spill Tools, a set of three programs: the Mechanical Equipment Calculator, the In Situ Burn Calculator, and the Dispersant Mission Planner.
Incident Command System (ICS) forms, available as an electronic database.
NUCOS, a simple desktop unit converter that includes units unique to oil spill response.
Job Aids, field guides to assist with various response tasks.
Publications, a comprehensive list of our spill response reports, guides, and publications.
FOSC Guide, describes the products and services that NOAA can provide to FOSCs (Federal On-Scene Coordinators).
Gulf of Mexico ERMA, a resource used in the response and NRDA process for the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill.
Training, workshops and self-study options for spill response professionals.

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Chemical Spill Response/Planning Tools

CAMEO software suite programs:
CAMEOfm, an application to access and manage chemical property and emergency response information.
ALOHA, a modeling program that estimates hazards after a chemical release.
MARPLOT, CAMEO’s mapping program.
CAMEO Chemicals, a database of hazardous chemical datasheets you can use to get response recommendations and predict hazards. Available in online and downloadable versions.
Chemical Reactivity Worksheet (CRW), a program that predicts the reactivity of substances or mixtures of substances.
Tier2 Submit, a program that helps chemical facilities meet their Tier II reporting requirements under Sections 311 and 312 of EPCRA.
RMP*Comp, a program that helps chemical facilities that fall under the RMP rule complete their required offsite consequence analysis.
Training, training resources for CAMEO.

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Sign info4 Petition Against Twitter Jail during SMEM Responses

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info4disasters is spearheading a campaign against the use of Twitter “Jail” during lifesaving emergency response.

Tags to exclude:

Hashtag Name Use/Purpose
#1stAid4 Urgent first aid information.
#firstaid Urgent and general first aid information.
#shelter Urgent shelter information.
#smem “Social Media for Emergency Management”
#vost “Virtual Operations Support Team”
#SBTF Standby Task Force
#ushahidi Crisis mapping platform deployed in emergencies
#redcross #ARC Red Cross response and activities
#IFRC International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent
#USGS US Geological Survey
#NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
#wx attached to severe weather threats and events