WASHINGTON- As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to support state, territory and local officials responding to Lee in the Gulf Coast or recovering from Irene in the northeast, the agency is also closely monitoring Hurricane Katia in the Atlantic and urging residents to be prepared for hurricanes, flooding and other hazards.
FEMA, through its regional offices in Denton, Texas, and Atlanta, remains in close coordination with state, tribal and local officials as heavy rain threatens flooding and flash flooding from coastal Texas into the Gulf States and northeastward into the central Appalachians. In preparation for ongoing and potential impacts from this weather system, FEMA has positioned an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), on site in Louisiana to coordinate with and support state emergency management officials, and a FEMA liaison officer is assigned to the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness emergency operation center. FEMA has personnel in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee who are working on-going recovery efforts from earlier disasters. The Federal Coordinating Officers in these states have been in close contact with their respective state emergency management offices.
"The heavy rains caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are a reminder that the hazards associated with tropical storms and hurricanes can extend far beyond the coastline," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "The events of the past few weeks have once again proven that the public plays a key role in emergency management. Be sure to know which hazards can affect your area, and get prepared. Anyone can visit www.ready.gov to learn more."
FEMA also continues to monitor Hurricane Katia in the eastern Atlantic. According to the National Hurricane Center, Katia is forecast to continue on its northwestward track, and large swells and heavy surf are expected to affect most of the East Coast during the next several days. While it is still too soon to know if and what Katia's impact on the U.S. will be, FEMA is continuing to work closely with all East Coast states to make sure they have what they need to prepare for any potential impacts.
For information on the forecast track, visit www.hurricanes.gov and for the latest severe weather watches/warnings in your area, visit the National Weather Service at weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your phone.
FEMA and its federal partners also continue to support the states and communities working to recover from Hurricane Irene. Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano traveled to Connecticut to view damages from Hurricane Irene and meet with state and local officials, including Governor Dannel Malloy and first responders. Yesterday, President Obama traveled to Paterson, N.J., where he...