Determining the threat and risk to a community will identify vulnerabilities. Your discussion for this week: assume that you are an emergency manager for a community that has experienced a chemical incident by rail. Many homes are located near the rail yard and have been severely damaged by an explosion. The residents have been evacuated and relocated to an area that has alternative housing.
Remember to include in your posting some of the immediate actions that need to be taken. Who are some of the vulnerable populations that may be impacted by this event? What are some of the immediate actions regarding individual response, healthcare response, public health issues that may arise, and what recovery actions are going to be necessary based on this response?
The mayor of the community wants you to investigate how to get funding for the damages through state or federal assistance programs. How do you advise the mayor and the Town Council on how to proceed? How would you contact Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to learn what assistance is available? What factors must be considered before applying for assistance?