FEMA, along with the entire federal family, is leaning forward to support our state and territorial partners as Hurricane Irene continues to threaten the east coast, having already impacted Puerto Rico. FEMA through its regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston are in constant contact and coordination with state and local officials that could be impacted or have already been impacted by this storm, to ensure they have the support they need to respond. Given the unpredictability of these storms, we are currently planning for a number of scenarios, including potential impacts to major metro areas and critical infrastructure.
· The President convened a call this morning with Chief of Staff Bill Daley, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Brennan and other White House officials to get an update on the track of Hurricane Irene and on FEMA’s efforts to prepare for the storm’s impact on the Eastern seaboard of the US. The President directed his team to ensure all needed resources are included in the preparation efforts and asked them to continue to closely coordinate with state and local officials in those areas that are likely to be affected.
· We encourage residents in potentially impacted areas to continue to monitor weather conditions and listen to the direction of state and locals, including any state or local orders to evacuate.
· In advance preparation for the storm, FEMA National Incident Management Assistance Teams are arriving in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, today in anticipation of further deployment to potential impact areas along the east coast of the U.S. In addition, Incident Management Assistance Teams are also being deployed to Connecticut, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, to coordinate with state, tribal and local officials to identify needs and shortfalls impacting potential disaster response and recovery.
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