You may think that FDA is simply an organization that reviews medical products or works to keep your food safe. But FDA’s broad public health mission includes mobilizing to protect Americans when natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy strike.
To prepare for Hurricane Sandy, we consulted with other public health and preparedness agencies, received regular updates from the National Hurricane Center, and conferred with sister agencies during telephone conferences conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This map in FDA’s Emergency Operations Center shows the concentration of FDA-regulated facilities in each affected county.
The first priority might be a damaged plant that manufactures complex monoclonal antibodies to treat cancer, a flooded facility that produces medical devices, or a cold storage food warehouse that has lost power. As we assess the damage, we need to inspect facilities and focus on situations that pose the greatest risk to public health and safety. The Emergency Operations Center is staffed during a disaster like Hurricane Sandy by a FDA Incident Management Group comprised of personnel who are expert in a variety of public health and regulatory areas. In the case of an unprecedented natural disaster like Sandy, state and local governments may ask for help with tasks they normally perform, such as inspecting restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, and facilities where diagnostic x-ray and mammography equipment are installed. Fortunately, storms like Sandy occur rarely. But when they do, FDA employees are on the job, dedicated to protecting the public health and working to keep you safe. This entry was posted in Other Topics and tagged FDA Emergency Operations Center, Hurricane Sandy by FDA Voice. About This BlogFDA's official blog brought to you from FDA's senior leadership and staff stationed at home and abroad - sharing news, background, announcements and other information about the work done at the FDA on behalf of the American public.
For the second time this year, Haiti has been battered by hurricane winds and rain, leaving thousands of seeking shelter, local food supplies devastated and the risk of diseases such as cholera and malaria increasing. High above the land, Dr Guiteau Jean-Pierre, Executive Director of Haiti Red Cross Society, is trying to find his bearings. In the chopper are staff from the Haiti Red Cross Society and the IFRC, one of the teams surveying the devastation in West, Nippes, South and Grande Anse provinces. In the South, the emergency assessment teams reported a lack of drinkable water and latrines, and the potential for a cholera outbreak.
Messages stressing the need to wash hands and to treat water are also being broadcast through SMS, sound truck and interactive voice response system (telefon kwa wouj). Given the poor quality of water and sanitation in the region, there is a potential risk of disease outbreaks such as malaria, cholera and diarrhea. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. While Hurricane Sandy showed nature at its worst, the response showed human nature at its best. National service members from AmeriCorps and Senior Corps have played a vital role in responding to the storm and managing this large scale volunteer effort.

NEW YORK, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Superstorm Sandy caused at least $29.4 billion in overall damage in New Jersey, according to a preliminary analysis released by Governor Chris Christie's office Friday. The statement said the preliminary cost estimate is "inclusive of aid received to date and anticipated from federal sources," including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration. Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he planned to ask the federal government for $30 billion in disaster aid for the state. Christie said the estimate will be refined in the future to include impact on the next tourist seasons, real estate values and population shifts. A representative of the Salvation Army walks past homes destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in Breezy Point, Sunday, Nov.
What Will You Do When You Can No Longer Buy Or Sell Without Submitting To Biometric Identification? Hamburg visits the Emergency Operations Center at the agency’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., where FDA experts are monitoring, assessing, and responding to the impact of Hurricane Sandy on FDA regulated facilities and products. And to help the public prepare, we posted information on our website about ensuring the safety of food and medical supplies.
Combined with an overlay of the projected rainfall amounts provided by the National Weather Service, the FDA is able to tell at a glance which facilities producing FDA-regulated products would be impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
They work with FDA Incident Management Teams in the field to monitor the impact of the storm and help shape the agency’s response.
Working with our parent Department of Health and Human Services and FEMA, FDA can provide expert teams of inspectors with specialized training to assess and help correct problems.
Plaisier Whether we are inspecting your facilities, sampling your products, or conducting investigations, the primary goal of FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is to protect the public. In response, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has launched an emergency appeal to support the vital work of the Haiti Red Cross Society. They trace the line the river used to follow; but the river, the land, the fields and their crops, and the homes as far as the eye can see, have been swamped by hurricane Sandy.
Although there are basic needs and requirement that are common to every region, each has its own unique challenge. Harvesting was about to begin when the storm rolled through region, destroying banana and other fruit trees. These were also recommended by the team that visited Jeremie, Les Irois and Dame Marie, while adding the need for mosquito nets, shelter toolkits, tarpaulins and seeds to put farmers back into their fields.
Using megaphones, they are spreading hygiene messages - including the importance to wash hands and use treated water - wherever Sandy has been through.

As a result, in addition to increasing hygiene promotion sessions and activities linked with awareness raising on prevention of epidemics and control, there is a need to distribute hygiene kits, buckets, aquatabs, chlorine and soap to prevent the spread of waterborne disease, as well as oral rehydration solution for cholera treatment. This appeal is being launched independently of the ongoing earthquake and recovery programs. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. Innovation: More than 400 members FEMA Corps, our new partnership between FEMA and AmeriCorps NCCC, deployed to New York and New Jersey after Sandy.
The survivors of Sandy are on the road to recovery, and the region will come back stronger and better than before. Christie said it was a "conservative and responsible estimate" that could be revised higher, Christie said. Earlier this month, New York City Comptroller John Liu said the storm was costing New York City $200 million a day in lost economic activity, with that amount likely to top out at about $1 billion.
Mark Russo, acting director of FDA’s Office of Crisis Management, and other members of the FDA Incident Management Group brief the commissioner on their progress. Moreover, 18,000 families have been devastated 6,790 people are being cared for in 66 emergency shelters.
Louise-Marie Daniel, supervisor for promotion and hygiene with the Haiti Red Cross Society says prevention is essential.
As well as hygiene messaging, the sound trucks and volunteers have also been talking about violence prevention. And the outpouring of compassion by volunteers from the local community and across the nation has been critical to the region’s recovery. But national service and volunteers has provided something else harder to put a dollar figure on but no less important: an enormous emotional lift. 30, killing dozens of people, battering coastal neighborhoods and forcing mass evacuations. The beachfront neighborhood heavy populated by firefighters and police officers was devastated during the storm when a fire pushed by Sandy's raging winds destroyed 100 or more homes and buildings.

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