As Hurricane Delta moves towards the Gulf Coast, FEMA, state and local officials are actively monitoring and preparing for the storm’s impact.
FEMA has pre-staged over 5 million meals, 4 million liters of bottled water and 285 generators near the expected areas of impact. Response teams are on the ground in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. This includes Urban Search and Rescue teams that help locate survivors and assess damage and Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicles, that provide emergency communication capabilities for federal resources.
FEMA received emergency declaration requests from the governors of Alabama and Louisiana for Hurricane Delta response. These declarations provide federal assistance for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance under the Public Assistance program.
Residents in Hurricane Delta’s path should prepare now. While Delta is forecast to make landfall as a hurricane in Louisiana, the location could change and surrounding states may still experience the storm’s impact, including life-threatening storm surge, flash flooding, tornadoes, wind and rain.
It is important to remember that every storm is different, and this hurricane may impact your area in different ways than previous storms. Delta could bring damaging winds further inland than a slower storm. To stay informed:
- Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide.
- Sign up for community alerts in your area and be aware of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts (which don’t require sign-up).
- Sign up for email updates and follow the latest guidelines about coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Guidelines include how to protect yourself and others if you need to go to a public shelter.
Heeding local evacuation orders and staying informed on the latest anticipated impacts of the storm can help protect you and your family. Visit Ready.gov for more ways on how you can prepare for hurricanes.