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Press Release Governor Baker Authorizes MEMA to Send Incident Management Team to Florida to Assist with Hurricane Michael Response & Recovery

For immediate release:
10/15/2018
  • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Governor's Press Office

Media Contact for Governor Baker Authorizes MEMA to Send Incident Management Team to Florida to Assist with Hurricane Michael Response & Recovery

Christopher Besse, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Members of the Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team (IMT) deploy to Florida

FRAMINGHAMGovernor Charlie Baker has authorized the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to send a 12-person Incident Management 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.

“Massachusetts is proud to deploy additional personnel to assist with hurricane recovery and relief operations in Florida during this difficult time,” said Governor Charlie Baker.  “As we continue to monitor requests for assistance, these experienced emergency managers will provide critical support to public safety officials in Florida.”

"Hurricane Michael has caused devastating damage in parts of Florida and residents face a long road to recovery," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "Our hearts are with the people of Florida and impacted residents, and Massachusetts will continue to look for ways to meet and support the needs of the communities and their residents."

“Public safety personnel from Massachusetts have previously been sent across the nation to assist in the aftermath of recent disasters,” said Secretary of Public Safety Dan Bennett. “We are proud to continue this tradition and thank the deploying personnel who have offered to support Florida in their recovery.”

“EMAC is an important component of our emergency management system,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Massachusetts has previously been both the recipient and provider of EMAC assistance and we are fortunate to be able to offer Florida these specialized personnel during their time of need.”

The team includes twelve members of the Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team (IMT), including three employees of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The team, which is comprised of volunteers from a number of different public and private sector organizations and public safety disciplines, will receive its assignment once it reaches Florida, but it likely will be assigned to support a county Emergency Operations Center or to coordinate staging/field operations in an impacted area. The team departed Massachusetts on Monday, October 15th 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.

On October 11th, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the deployment of a three-person Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team to Florida to assist with response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Michael. The emergency workers deployed on October 14th and are expected to be deployed for approximately two weeks.

About EMAC

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.

About EMAC

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.

About MEMA

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.

Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA.

Massachusetts Alerts: to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the free Massachusetts Alerts app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

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Media Contact for Governor Baker Authorizes MEMA to Send Incident Management Team to Florida to Assist with Hurricane Michael Response & Recovery

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 

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