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Author: Jacob Vawter
FEMA’s partnerships are critical to executing our mission before, during, and after a disaster. During the response to hurricanes Irma and Maria, the contributions of the Danish Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Virgin Islands highlighted the potential of international partnerships in disaster response and recovery.From early October through mid-December, Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) staff supported the official hurricane response in the U.S. Virgin Islands.The Danish team performed reconstruction work on more than 30 healthcare and educational facilities across the...
Posted On: February 16, 2018
Author: Jacob Vawter
On August 29, during a phone call with President Trump, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong offered a detachment of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) CH-47 Chinook helicopters to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The Chinooks and their crew have participated in joint training with the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG) since 1996. President Trump accepted Singapore’s offer and FEMA was tasked with integrating the assets into the overall response effort.FEMA coordinated closely with the Department of Defense’s Northern Command and the National Guard to ensure...
Posted On: October 3, 2017
Author: Jacob Vawter
Editor's Note: Updated on September 15In keeping with a tradition of cross-border emergency assistance, on August 28 the Government of Canada offered its assistance to the United States following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.After receiving Canada’s offer to support Harvey relief efforts, FEMA’s International Affairs Division, in consultation with Mass Care experts in the National Response Coordination Center, identified select pediatric supplies including cribs, pillows, and baby formula as being a critical need for many survivors.  Responding to a formal request...
Posted On: September 9, 2017