Through our regional offices in Boston, Mass., Philadelphia, Penn., New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., and our Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, have been in close contact and coordination with the territories that have been affected, and states that may be impacted.
Last night, President Obama declared an emergency for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, making available federal resources to support response efforts. In advance of Irene moving through the territories, we deployed teams to both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to coordinate directly with local officials on the ground.
And at the direction of President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano, we continue to work with our federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local partners, as well as voluntary organizations, the private sector, and others to aggressively prepare for Hurricane Irene.
The following timeline provides an overview of these and other federal activities, to date, to support these territories, states, families and communities. For the latest updates on our activities, visit the Severe Tropical Weather category on our blog.
Tuesday, August 23
- As part of a coordination call led by President Obama on the Virginia earthquake, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate also briefed the President on ongoing activities in response to Hurricane Irene, including FEMA’s support for territorial response activities in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well as FEMA’s coordination of preparation efforts with the governors of potentially impacted states.
- FEMA National Incident Management Assistance Teams have been deployed to staging areas in Georgia and Pennsylvania, in anticipation of further deployment to potential impact areas along the east coast of the U.S.
- FEMA, and its federal partners, conduct a video-teleconference with the governors of the states and territories that already have, or could be impacted by the severe weather.
- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read hold a conference call with congressional stakeholders to discuss response operations, the latest storm developments and preparations.
See yesterday's blog post for a recap of earlier federal activities.