WNRR Augusta – FEMA
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS STATE RESPONSE TO TROPICAL STORM FAY
ATLANTA – The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating the plans and preparatory activities of numerous federal agencies in close communication with state, tribal and local officials as Tropical Storm Fay continues to affect large portions of Florida .
The robust system put in place by the state of Florida is meeting all the initial response and recovery needs. Georgia , Alabama , North Carolina , South Carolina and other states along the storm’s predicted path are also stepping up their own preparations. FEMA and its federal partners are in close communications with Florida and other states to review plans and respond to any request for assistance.
Snapshot of Federal Activities:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- FEMA has brought its National Response Coordination Center and its Regional Response Coordination Centers to heightened states of readiness.
- FEMA National Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, Mobile Emergency Response System Detachments, and the National Incident Management Assistance Team East have been alerted and are standing by for potential deployment.
- FEMA logistics commodities pre-staged in Florida :
- 746,000 meals (35 trailers);
- 9,600 tarps;
- 616 rolls (20×100) of plastic sheeting.
- Fourteen Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers are standing by for deployment if needed.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
- USACE has Planning and Prime Power Teams on alert.
The American Red Cross (ARC)
- ARC deployed 506 staff to Florida to support:
- 29 shelters providing assistance to more than 1,300 people.
- Deployment of supplies from three warehouses located in the state.
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
- USCG has an Incident Management Team on alert.
- USCG is working to reopen ports impacted by the storms and to bring other ports back to full capacity.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- HHS has placed one Disaster Medical Assistance Team on alert and notified three additional teams to be prepared, should they be needed, to deploy.
- HHS has five caches of emergency medical supplies on hand in Florida .
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
- DOT is monitoring traffic patterns relating to voluntary evacuations and the potential for additional evacuations.
- DOT has 500,000 sandbags on hand to assist with flood protection measures along critical transportation routes.
- DOT is communicating with the state and private sector to monitor fuel levels. Approximately 85 percent of gas stations along evacuation routes report sufficient fuel on hand to support any evacuations.
The U.S. Department of Defense, National Guard Bureau, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Transportation Security Administration, and the National Infrastructure Coordination Center all report a heightened state of awareness and updated planning activities to facilitate an efficient response.
FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.