Situation Report on Harlem Explosion

The disaster desk was activated today to monitor a public safety incident when a building explosion happened in East Harlem.   Volunteers monitored social media after building(s) collapsed at 116th St/Park Ave Manhattan.  The disaster desk was activated by Alice at 11am.  Volunteers monitored to confirm information and guide the public to officials in social media.  @Metro-North transit  was suspended due to debris field. The team shared information on texting “Afterharlemexplosiontweet a disaster, let your loved ones know you are OK – send a text saying IMOK #hmrd #EastHarlem”   as well as from our partner Distress Helpline ‏@distressline on finding emotional support.

Social Media Emergency Management (#SMEM) assessment:  Information was quickly disseminated and shared by officials in all response areas including emergency management, fire, transportation, utilities and government accounts. #SMEM coverage was strong, however we would recommend a unified hashtag be selected across all official accounts quickly to better serve social media information management.

Active officials:  @nycgov @nycoem @notifynyc @fdny @metroNorth ‏@redcrossny @ConEdison
Event tags: #EastHarlemExplosion #harlemfire #explosion116 #116andpark #explosion #BuildingCollapse
Micro location tags:  #NY #Harlem #manhattan #EastHarlem
Active disaster volunteers: Alice, Cindy, Aline, Lloyd and in social media @rvaregal @mshepley @LizLSchmidt1789

Many images emerged in social media.  Some aerial photos  and information about the drone can be read here

The desk was active for one hour monitoring for public safety and amplifying officials.  Light duty coverage will continue during the day to update the public on location of shelters, transportation options and amplifying key instructions.

Nepal Flood 2014

WV Chemical Spill

Download PDF Version: WV Chemical Spill

What HappenedNine counties in West Virginia are under a State of Emergency after a chemical spill into the Elk River contaminated the drinking water for some 200,000 people.  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this evening issued a State of Emergency for Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, and Roane counties.  This declaration follows a notice from West Virginia American Water Company that its water supply had become contaminated.  Residents served by Lincoln PSD, Queen Shoals PSD, Reamer PSD, City of Culloden PSD, and City of Hurricane PSD are also affected.
Mobile Alerts for this type of eventAmerican Water Mobile Alerts signup
National & Regional LinksFEMA ‏@fema
FEMA Region 3 @FEMAregion3
Governor Tomblin
‏@GovTomblinDepartment of Health: School Closings   map of closingsWV Emergency Management
Water Distribution Points
Emergency NumbersEmergencies – Dial 9-1-1Non-Emergencies– Dial 3-1-1
UtilitiesWater Company: West Virginia American Water
Website Current Alerts:
Phone: 1-800-685-8660Public Service Commission
West Virginia Public Service Commission (West Virginia PSC)201 Brooks Street

Post Ofiice Box 812

Charleston, West Virginia 25323

304.340.0300 (main)

304.340.0367 (complaint)

800.642.8544 (in-state toll-free)

West Virginia Public Service Commission

TwitterGovernor Tomblin ‏@GovTomblin
FEMA @FEMAregion3
School Closings @WVSnowDay ‏
Red Cross of WV @ARCWV
Hashtags#eyewitnesswv #wvamericanwater #wvwater
FacebookWest VA American Water
Department of Health:
WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Maps and Situational awareness reportsSchool Closings: water of locations affected by chemical spill Source
Survive“DO NOT USE WATER” State of Emergency has been declared:2,000 – 5,000 gallons of the chemical leaked out of internal barrier of large holding tank and unknown amount made its way out of the container and seeped into the ground, and into the river. (Source)


1/9/2014  West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling has clarified that if residents have consumed the water late this afternoon and are experiencing severe symptoms to contact the poison center at 1-800-222-1222. (source)


Severe symptoms include: severe burning in throat, severe eye irritation, non-stop vomiting, trouble breathing or severe skin irritation such as skin blistering.  If residents have consumed the water and are not experiencing symptoms, most likely they will not be affected and there is no need to call poison center or go to an emergency room.


West Virginia American Water has issued a DO NOT USE WATER NOTICE for all West Virginia American Water customers in Kanawha, Boone, Putnam, Lincoln, Logan, Clay, Roane and Jackson counties, as well as customers in Culloden in Cabell County. A chemical spill occurred along the Elk River, causing contamination of your water. Due to the nature of the contamination, as a precaution, customers should not use their water for any purpose. Bottled or alternative sources of water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, bathing, food preparation, baby formula and all other purposes until further notice. Water quality specialists continue to monitor water, and crews will conduct flushing throughout the distribution system. West Virginia American Water will inform you when it is determined that the water is once again safe to use.


Customers who are served by the City of Hurricane, St. Albans, Putnam PSD, Montgomery and Cedar Grove/East Bank are NOT affected.


List of Hospitals in WV:
Read instructions from Department of Health
Animal Poison Control 1-800-548-2423 for help concerning your animals
Human Poison Control 1-800-222-1222 if you are experiencing symptoms
SustainSustain is food shelter water
Water Distribution Points


ReuniteUse Text messaging or update your social media status if voice lines are busy.  Also, you can contact the Red Cross for assistance. See Learn more
Red CrossRed Cross WV Region ‏@ARCWVCentral West Virginia Chapter

113 Lakeview Drive

Charleston, WV 25313

Phone: 304-340-3650

Animals in DisasterAnimals that may have drank this water can and should reachAnimal Poison Control 1-800-548-2423 for help concerning your animals
Impacted CountiesBoone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, and Roane counties


Twitter: @WV511MetroWebsite:

Boone County Emergency Contact Info
Emergency Alert System Radio  WVAF-FM 99.9

Schools: Boone All schools closed Friday Jan 10


Twitter: @CabellCounty911
Facebook: Cabell Some schools closed (check link for updates)


Schools:  Clay All Schools closed Friday Jan 10


Twitter: @WV511MetroWebsite:

Schools: Jackson All Schools are closed Friday Jan 10


Kanawha DHS
Kanawha DHS Website
Facebook: Kanawha County Commision Website: Falls Public Service District   (304) 779-2855 Montgomery Hts, Montgomery, WV 25136
Schools: Kanawha All Schools are closed Friday Jan 10


Citizen Alerts:
Lincoln Public Service District  Phone:  (304) 756-2520
Schools: Lincoln All Schools are closed Friday Jan 10


Twitter: @WV511Metr oWebsite:



Twitter: @WV511Metro*Website:

Putnam  All schools are closed on Friday Jan 10


Urgent Needs InformationWater distribution points will be established at the local level – stay tuned to your local emergency management office for more information.
Transportation, Infrastructure and Road Conditions:Travelers may find it difficult to find open restaurants and potable water within the region.  Stay tuned to local radio and Call #211 or #311 to find open services.
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