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Media Contact for Governor Baker Authorizes MEMA to Send Emergency Workers to Florida to Assist with Hurricane Michael Response & Recovery
Christopher Besse, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
FRAMINGHAM — Governor Charlie Baker has authorized the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to send a three-person Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team to Florida to assist with response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Michael. The request for assistance from Florida came through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which is the national emergency management mutual aid system that facilitates state-to-state disaster assistance.
"The Commonwealth stands at the ready to assist residents in Florida and neighboring states as they deal with the immediate and long-term impacts of Hurricane Michael," said Governor Baker. "As this team heads to Florida, we are actively monitoring for additional requests to support response and recovery operations."
"As the devastation from Hurricane Michael becomes more apparent with each passing hour, it is clear that millions of lives have been disrupted and damage to property is extensive," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "Our hearts are with the people of Florida and the surrounding states, and Massachusetts will continue to look for ways to meet and support the needs of the communities and their residents."
“MEMA has been proud to deploy staff from different state agencies to North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Texas in recent years to assist our fellow Americans as they have dealt with the impacts of severe natural disasters," said Secretary of Public Safety Dan Bennett. "We are grateful to these professionals, and those who have come before them, who are continuing a tradition of mutual aid and support in the face of terrible destruction."
“State-to-state mutual aid through EMAC is a key component of our national emergency management system,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Just as other states have responded to our requests through EMAC to bolster our disaster response and recovery operations in Massachusetts, including the response to the September 2018 natural gas pipeline incident in the greater Lawrence area, we are able to support Florida as it deals with the impacts of Hurricane Michael.”
About the Deployments
The three-person team being deployed to Florida includes one employee from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (MassDOER) and two from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). The team will work in the Infrastructure Branch in Florida's Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The team will depart Massachusetts on Sunday, October 14th, and is expected to be deployed for approximately two weeks.
MEMA continues to monitor the EMAC system and look for opportunities to offer personnel, equipment and resources to Florida and the surrounding states.
The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) is an interstate mutual aid agreement among all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. EMAC enables the Governor (through State Emergency Management officials) to request disaster assistance such as personnel and equipment from other states before, during, or after a disaster. Impacted states looking for assistance broadcast resource requests through the EMAC system and other states may offer to fill the request if they have the necessary resources. The requesting state then chooses which assisting state’s offer to accept.
MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.
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