San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 21, 2011 -- Caribbean Area Division Director, Alejandro De La Campa provides the press with information about FEMA's ongoing activities in support of the Puerto Rico government response operations to Hurricane Irene.
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 as hurricane Irene approaches the continental U.S. In advance of Irene moving through the territories, the federal government had taken proactive steps to support local officials and citizens.
The following timeline provides an overview of these and other federal activities, to date, to support these affected territories, states, families and communities. For the latest updates on our activities, visit the Severe Tropical Weather category on our blog.
Recap for Monday, August 22:
- FEMA, through its regional office in New York, and its Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico, remains in constant contact and coordination with the governors and emergency management teams from the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Puerto Rico, as they continue response efforts and begin to assess damages from the storm.
- FEMA, through its regional office in Atlanta, GA, is in contact with emergency management officials in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and other states that could be impacted by Irene later in the week, to identify any needs and potential shortfalls.
- FEMA proactively deploys its National Incident Management Team to North Carolina in anticipation of any potential landfall to the southeastern U.S.
- U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan personnel conduct port assessments and aids to navigation verification in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to reopen the ports as soon as possible.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s high-altitude research aircraft fly surveillance missions to assess the storm’s track.
- FEMA’s Regional Response Coordination Center in New York activates to ensure that coordination of federal resources can be expedited and mobilized, should there be a request for federal assistance.
- FEMA activates its National Response Coordination Center to 24-hour operations, to ensure federal coordination and resources are available to support the Regional Response Coordination Center and to monitor current storm conditions.
Sunday, August 21:
- FEMA’s regional office in New York and its Caribbean Area Office in Puerto Rico continue their constant contact and coordination with the U.S. Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency and the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency.
- Both the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico activate their emergency operations centers.
- FEMA embeds staff, called liaison officers, in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico emergency operations centers work directly with territory and local officials.
- FEMA encourages residents in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to closely monitor weather conditions and listen to the direction of local and territory officials.
- At all times, FEMA maintains commodities, including millions of liters of water, millions of meals and hundreds of thousands of blankets, strategically located at distribution centers throughout the United States and its territories. In Puerto Rico, for example, FEMA has more than 200,000 liters of water, more than 400,000 meals, and more than 1,400 cots and blankets, that could be used, if needed, to help with response and recovery efforts.
Saturday, August 20
- FEMA proactively deploys Incident Management Assistance Teams to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, to coordinate with territory and local officials to identify needs and shortfalls impacting potential disaster response and recovery.
Friday, August 19
- FEMA begins closely monitoring the large tropical wave that eventually strengthens into Hurricane Irene.