A lot of activity has been happening around FEMA lately as we get ready for Hurricane Sandy to come into land. Today, we visited a very busy place called the National Response Coordination Center, or NRCC, where lots of people come together to work on helping those who may get rain, wind, or lose power from Hurricane Sandy.
The workers get help to states and people that may be affected by Hurricane Sandy. Right now, everyone is focused on getting prepared before the storm may hit. Here is a picture from inside the big room showing all the workers.
During times of emergency, people from FEMA and many other government agencies work in the NRCC to make sure people and supplies are being used in the best way. These people work on many different things, but they all come together as a team to ensure everything is covered. They help set up safe places for people to go during and after a storm and make sure things like water & food are moved into the right areas so people can get them after an emergency. Some of the voluntary organizations we’re working with are the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army USA, the Humane Society of the United States, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. These organizations and many more are working together to make sure everyone is prepared for Hurricane Sandy.
This shows some of the agencies that work with FEMA in the NRCC – We are standing next to a few of their “seals” or symbols:
And we even got to sit in the NRCC for a few minutes and wear the same vests worn by the people who work there. The vests help to show who everyone is and what they’re working on!
Finally, workers in the NRCC told us the simple things people can do now to get prepared for Hurricane Sandy. They can be sure to have an emergency kit with a flashlight, batteries, food, water, and more! Here’s a picture with us and an emergency kit – ask your parents if your family has one!
We had fun learning about the teamwork that happens in the NRCC and we hope everyone who may be affected by Hurricane Sandy is getting prepared like we are!