Hurricane Michael Response - October 15, 2018
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to coordinate with our local, state, tribal and federal partners to respond to impacts associated with Hurricane Michael in support of our mission to protect human health and the environment. Assessments of Risk Management Plan (RMP) facilities in southeastern Alabama have been completed with no reports of significant concerns, and the Agency continues to coordinate with Georgia and Florida on assessing their RMP facility status. The EPA continues to evaluate and respond to requests for fuel waivers, approving one for Florida for the use of red-dyed diesel in order to ensure an adequate supply of diesel fuel across the state for ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Michael. As conditions improve on the ground, field teams will be deployed to assess prioritized National Priority List Sites in Georgia and Florida. The EPA Region 4 Administrator remains in contact with the environmental directors of the impacted states and continues to emphasize that the Agency is ready to assist, upon request.
View EPA press releases on Hurricane Michael here.
EPA Enforcement Actions
EPA has waived the highway diesel fuel red dye requirements to allow the use of 15 parts per million sulfur non-road diesel fuel for utility, emergency response and other diesel-powered highway vehicles responding to/assisting in recovery efforts in the panhandle area of Florida, effective immediately and through October 26, 2018. Retailers and wholesale purchaser-consumers may continue selling or dispensing diesel fuel that meets the conditions of this waiver after October 26, 2018, until their supplies are depleted.
Tips to Stay Safe
ALWAYS CALL 911 if you are in immediate danger and need emergency help.
Stay safe. Return home only if you are told it is safe by local officials. As you clear debris please look carefully around the debris for any visible cables. If you see any cables, wait for professional help. Power cables can kill easily.
Be strong. Focus on your specific needs and take care of one another. Shelters are providing information, charging stations, and connection to assistance from federal, state, and voluntary agencies. They also have communications support so you can contact loved ones and let them know you’re safe.
Start cleaning up. Photograph/video damages before you start cleaning up. Contact your insurance company to file a claim.