U.S. agencies are responding to Hurricane Irma, which struck Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this week, and could make landfall in Florida early Sunday.
Personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed to the Caribbean in advance of the storm, including incident management assistance teams and urban search and rescue teams. FEMA is also providing meals and water to those affected.
The Department of Defense (DoD) is also involved in the response, providing personnel for urban search and rescue and evacuation operations. U.S. Southern Command is working closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and U.S. Navy ships are providing additional support to the area.
Irma is forecast to be a category 5 storm it is very dangerous. People in potentially affected areas are encouraged to listen to the directions of state, local, territorial, and tribal officials.
For more information about the response to Hurricane Irma, please follow the links below.
DoD Leans Forward to Support Preparation and Response Efforts for Hurricane Irma, Department of Defense
FEMA Supporting Hurricane Irma Response Efforts while Encouraging the Public to Take Safety Actions, Department of Homeland Security
Hurricane Irma threatens ‘to devastate the United States,’ FEMA chief says, ABC
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