It’s still uncertain where Hurricane Irene will make the most impact along the East Coast – but one thing is certain – all those along the East Coast should take steps to get prepared.
Whether you live in a coastal area in South Carolina, an apartment in New York City, or a farm in Maine that’s away from the coast, it’s worth getting your family and home prepared. Whether Irene is a major hurricane or tropical storm when it comes to your area, it will bring significant rainfall and potentially damaging winds, increasing the risk of flooding and potential power outages.
As we continue to work with our federal, state and local partners all along the east coast, we’re taking proactive actions to support our partners in the potentially affected areas:
- Incident Management Assistance Teams are either on location or en route today to North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The primary mission of an IMAT is three-fold: rapidly deploy to an incident or potentially threatened venue, identify ways federal assistance could be used to best support the response and recovery efforts, should it become available, and work with partners across jurisdictions to support the affected State or territory.
- State Liaison Officers are currently located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Liaison officers are moving today for New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland. These officials work with state officials to help coordinate federal support, if needed.
- We’ve set up incident support bases and staging areas in several locations along the east coast that are pre-staging commodities commercial-size generators and communication equipment. These enhance our ability to quickly move needed supplies throughout the those states that may affected by the storm, should they be needed and requested.
And as we often say on our blog, we’re part of a larger team of voluntary- and faith-based organizations, other federal/state/local agencies, first responders, community groups, and members of the public that help the nation prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.
What we’re doing is only a small part of the preparations being made at the national, state and local levels – it’s vital that individuals all along the East Coast to build their family emergency kit and make sure they have a family communication plan.