Fayetteville, NC, August 26, 2011 -- FEMA Logistics Specialist Richard Page verifies transponder numbers, truck numbers and contents of each tractor trailer entering the Incident Support Base in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. FEMA is staging equipment and emergency supplies in multiple locations to support state response and recovery efforts in anticipation of Hurricane Irene impacting the East Coast.
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.
Yesterday, President Obama declared an emergency for the State of North Carolina, and earlier this week, declared an emergency for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, making available federal resources to support response efforts.
In preparation for Hurricane Irene's East Coast landfall, we have deployed teams and resources along the East Coast from South Carolina to Maine. 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.
Friday, August 26
- President Obama signed an emergency declaration for the State of New York due to Hurricane Irene, making federal assistance available to save lives and protect property and public health and safety in seven counties. This assistance is for Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, and Suffolk counties.
- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate 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.
- President Obama released a statement on the preparations for Hurricane Irene.
- President Obama, Security Napolitano and Administrator Fugate held a teleconference with mayors of the East Coast's biggest cities to discuss the latest hurricane preparations and developments. They also asked the mayors if they anticipated any areas that would require additional support.
- Administrator Fugate and National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read held a conference call with state, tribal and local officials to discuss response operations, the latest storm developments and preparations.
- States, localities and the Red Cross are opening up emergency shelters along the East Coast up through New England as local officials announce evacuations along the coast and low-lying areas. The Red Cross is providing shelter information for residents who need to know where they can go. The information continues to be updated at www.redcross.org as more shelters open.
- The Department of Health and Human Services has deployed three Disaster Medical Assistance Teams to staging areas. A Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) is comprised of medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, paramedics and pharmacists who are specially trained to provide emergency health and medical support to medical facilities such as hospitals and health centers.
- In advance preparation for the hurricane, FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams are staged in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont, and are en route to the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island. They will coordinate with state, tribal and local officials to identify needs and shortfalls impacting potential disaster response and recovery.
- U.S. Coast Guard reports heightened state of readiness for various ports along the East Coast.
- FEMA community relations teams are being staged to support states along the East Coast. These teams, if needed, help inform disaster survivors about available services and resources.
- The FDA reminds consumers to take precautions for storing water and ensuring the safety of their food and medical supplies for themselves and their pets during and after this week's expected hurricane-related rain, possible flooding and power outages. Find out how to keep food safe during and after an emergency by visiting www.FoodSafety.gov.
- The Small Business Administration urges business owners to prepare, in advance of the hurricane, and encourages everyone in the affected communities to listen to local public officials. If they say to close up shop or evacuate, don't hesitate.
- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is assessing nuclear power plant preparations, and NRC officials are in close coordination with state emergency operations centers.
- FEMA Deputy Administrator Serino and National Hurricane Center Director Read held a conference call with congressional stakeholders to discuss response operations, the latest storm developments and preparations.