Disaster Planning and Preparedness Resources

The Latest Updates on Western Wildfires from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Federal Support is Mobilized for Response to Western Wildfires

  • President Trump approved a major disaster for Oregon on Sept. 15. Residents and business owners in eight counties who have disaster-caused damage can apply for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via the FEMA app. The declaration also authorizes reimbursement to state, local and tribal agencies, and certain private non-profit organizations in 20 counties for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. Hazard mitigation is approved statewide. Details are available on the disaster webpage.
    • The disaster declaration is in addition to the Emergency Declaration approved by the President for 11 counties in the state on Sept. 10.
  • The President approved a major disaster for California on Aug. 22. Residents and business owners in declared counties who have disaster-caused damage can apply for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via the FEMA app. The declaration also authorizes reimbursement to state, local and tribal agencies, and certain private non-profit organizations in nine counties for debris removal and 11 counties for emergency protective measures.

Oregon Residents: Stay informed, Be Ready and Know Where to Go and What to Bring if You Must Evacuate

  • An Oregon Wildfire Resource Website has been created to help Oregonians stay informed at wildfire.oregon.gov.
  • Know your evacuation levels! Level 1 - Be Ready. Level 2 - Be Set. Level 3 - Leave Immediately. DO NOT return the fire area until officials give the OK.
    • If you are in an evacuation zone, heed warnings, and follow local official recommendations without delay.
    • Local evacuation information can be found on the OEM Wildfire dashboard. Information is ever-changing so continue to check back for updated content.
    • Check with your county office of emergency management to sign up for local emergency alerts.
    • If you are in a safe place, you can help by staying home and off the road.
  • The American Red Cross is operating several Temporary Evacuation Points where evacuees can go for information and assistance. Locations change with the need. Community members who need assistance can contact 2-1-1.
  • If you are affected by the Oregon wildfires, contact your insurance company as soon as possible to discuss homeowner insurance policies and wildfire coverage.  The Oregon Insurance Commission has insurance resources available online.
  • Please register for the Red Cross Safe and Well program at safeandwell.communityos.org.
  • For Oregonians and others asking how to help, you can donate to response organizations. Visit ORVOAD.org
  • Amid wildfire, smoke and erratic weather, the COVID-19 pandemic is still rampant. Face coverings are required in all parts of the state and Oregonians are reminded to maintain social distancing, and wash hands frequently. 

FEMA Announces Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season

In response to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting a worse-than-usual hurricane season this year, FEMA has released a “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season” to help emergency managers and public health officials best prepare for natural disasters even as the continue to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance describes anticipated challenges posed by the pandemic, highlights planning considerations based on current challenges, includes checklists and resources to support emergency managers’ planning, and more.

As natural disasters continue to occur with increasing regularity and severity, it's important for hotel owners to ensure they have the proper resources to prepare for these events and begin the recovery process afterward. Please see below for information from AAHOA and state lodging association partners on how to get started.

FEMA and State Emergency Management Resources

Before disaster strikes, be ready to protect your investment. Download the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Guide for Business and Industry for a step-by-step approach to emergency planning, response, and recovery for businesses of all sizes. In addition, each state has a website with information on preparing for and recovering from natural disasters. If you have not already done so, please download the FEMA mobile app as well as the one for your state (if available) to receive alerts, view evacuation routes, get safety reminders, locate open shelters, find disaster assistance, and upload photos to assist first responders.


State Disaster/Emergency Family Preparedness Guides

Hurricanes are a fact of life in the U.S. As torrential rains, tornadoes, and flooding ravage our country each year, especially in the Midwest, keeping your loved ones safe becomes just as critical as taking care of your investments. View your state's guide below to be sure your family will be as well prepared as your business should disaster strike.

Alabama: Be Ready
Alaska Emergency Response Guide for Small Communities
Arizona: Just in Case!
Arkansas Disaster Preparedness Guide
California Disaster Preparedness Guide
Colorado Emergency Response Guide
Connecticut Guide to Emergency Preparedness
Delaware Disaster Preparedness Guide
Florida: Plan & Prepare
Georgia Disaster Preparedness Plan
Hawai'i Emergency Preparedness Guide
Idaho Preparedness and Response Guide
Illinois Disaster Preparedness Guide
Indiana Disaster Preparedness Guide
Iowa Emergency Preparedness Guide
Kansas Emergency Preparedness Guide
Kentucky Emergency Preparedness Guide
Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide
Maine Emergency Preparedness Guide
Maryland Emergency Preparedness Guide
Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Guide
Michigan Prepares
Minnesota Emergency Preparedness Guide
Mississippi: Be Prepared
Missouri: Plan & Prepare
Montana: Ready & Safe
Nebraska Disaster Preparedness Guide
Nevada Preparedness Plan
New Hampshire Emergency Plan
New Jersey: Plan & Prepare
New Mexico Family Preparedness Guide 
New York: Get Prepared
North Carolina Disaster Preparedness Guide
North Dakota: Planning & Safety
Ohio Family Disaster Preparedness Guide
Oklahoma Family Preparedness Guide
Oregon: Get Prepared
Pennsylvania Emergency Preparedness Guide
Rhode Island: Prepare Now
South Carolina: Prepare
South Dakota Emergency Preparedness Guide
Tennessee Disaster Preparedness Guide
Texas Emergency Preparedness Guide
Utah: Be Ready
Vermont Community Preparedness Guide
Virginia Emergency Preparedness Handbook
Washington, D.C.: Be Ready, DC
Washington State: Be Prepared, Be Safe
West Virginia Emergency Preparedness Guide
Wisconsin Emergency Preparedness Guide
Wyoming: Being Prepared

Wildfires: How to Protect Your Business and Your Employees

Wildfires are becoming increasingly common and far more devastating in the U.S. As a business owner, you want to do everything you can to minimize the chances that your property will be destroyed by fire. But you also want to make sure all of your employees are kept safe. Having a plan in place and knowing ahead of time what your legal obligations are toward your staff are critical to surviving one of nature's most destructive forces. Download this wildfire business preparation guide and the OSHA regulations information today.

Protecting Your Business: States with Price-Gouging Laws

Price-gouging laws go into effect in most states when under a state of emergency. State law may prohibit extreme increases in the price of essential commodities such as food, ice, gas, hotels, lumber, and water during a state of emergency. Please watch our Hotels and Price Gouging: What Hotel Companies Should Know webinar, and check below to see if your state has specific price-gouging laws. 

Alabama Price-Gouging Laws
Arkansas Price-Gouging Laws
California Price-Gouging Laws
Connecticut Price-Gouging Laws
Florida Price-Gouging Laws
Georgia Price-Gouging Laws
Hawaii Price-Gouging Laws
Idaho Price-Gouging Laws
Illinois Price-Gouging Laws
Indiana Price-Gouging Laws
Iowa Price-Gouging Laws
Kansas Price-Gouging Laws
Kentucky Price-Gouging Laws
Louisiana Price-Gouging Laws
Maine Price-Gouging Laws
Massachusetts Price-Gouging Laws
Michigan Price-Gouging Laws
Mississippi Price-Gouging Laws
Missouri Price-Gouging Laws
New Jersey Price-Gouging Laws
New York Price-Gouging Laws
North Carolina Price-Gouging Laws
Oklahoma Price-Gouging Laws
Oregon Price-Gouging Laws
Pennsylvania Price-Gouging Laws
Rhode Island Price-Gouging Laws
South Carolina Price-Gouging Laws
Tennessee Price-Gouging Laws
Texas Price-Gouging Laws
Utah Price-Gouging Laws
Vermont Price-Gouging Laws
Virginia Price-Gouging Laws
Washington, D.C. Price- Gouging Laws
West Virginia Price-Gouging Laws
Wisconsin Price-Gouging Laws

Working with Emergency Responders

In times of emergency, AAHOA stands ready to support emergency responders and local officials in assisting impacted communities with evacuations and finding temporary accommodations for displaced residents. We also are proactive in helping to feed first responders. Offering a discounted room rate, or even complimentary services, to those impacted is most welcome and would be greatly appreciated.

Who are your local heroes? Email pr@aahoa.com to share your stories of strength and rescue.

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