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Safety Remains Top Priority as FEMA and its Federal Partners Continue to Support States Potentially Impacted by Dorian
September 1, 2019
- The public must remain vigilant. A tropical storm warning is in effect for a portion of Florida’s east coast while a tropical storm watch is in effect for other parts of Florida.
- The forecasted track for Dorian continues to be updated. If you’re anywhere in the Carolinas, Georgia and down through Florida, you need to be paying attention to Hurricane Dorian.
- Take steps to prepare and follow the direction of local officials.
Follow Instructions from Local Officials
- Areas along the East Coast from Florida through the Carolinas could all experience the effects of Hurricane Dorian. This could include damage to power, water and road systems.
- Storm surge and related inland flooding is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane.
- Monitor the storm closely and follow the guidance of your local officials. Be ready, have a plan, and if ordered to evacuate, go.
Now is the Time to Prepare
- Download the FEMA App for preparedness tips, shelter information and weather alerts.
- Residents are encouraged to have supplies, including: prescription medication, items to care for infants and toddlers, pet supplies, water and non-perishable food.
- Make sure you have cash on hand and collect important papers such as property deeds, birth certificates, and rental leases – or create password-protected digital copies.
- Fill up your gas tank, stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and know your evacuation routes.
- Visit Ready.gov for more information on what you can do ahead of this dangerous storm.
A Coordinated Federal Response
- FEMA, through the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) and its Region IV office in Atlanta, is monitoring the track of Hurricane Dorian and remains in constant contact with state and tribal emergency management officials.
- Working within the NRCC are representatives from 27 federal departments and agencies, and two non-federal organizations.
- FEMA and its federal partners are strategically moving resources into place to support local and state response operations where needed.
- Commodities such as water, shelf stable meals, blankets and cots are strategically staged and are ready to support requests from states or tribes. Generators and fuel also are being staged.
- FEMA established multiple staging areas, including the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany in Georgia, Maxwell AFB in Alabama, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Warner Robbins in Georgia and Joint Base Charleston.
- FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams are working side by side with representatives within state emergency operations centers.
- FEMA National Urban Search & Rescue Teams, and Mobile Emergency Response Teams have been deployed and are ready for forward movement where ever they may be needed.
- Five HHS Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are deployed and ready to support state and tribal requests. DMATs are staffed with medical professionals and para-professionals who can help area health systems respond by providing expert patient care.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) deployed a temporary power team to the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, GA. USACE staff also are standing by to support infrastructure assessments.
- FEMA’s Hurricane Liaison Team is working with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
- The American Red Cross mobilized hundreds of trained volunteers, emergency response vehicles and trailers of supplies to help people in the path of Dorian who may seek shelter over the Labor Day weekend.
- On Aug. 30, President Trump approved Florida’s request for an emergency declaration allowing direct federal assistance for emergency and life-safety actions taken ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
- On Aug. 31, President Trump approved the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s request for an emergency declaration allowing direct federal assistance for emergency and life-safety actions taken ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
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