0700 NWMIMT arrived at the Joint Field Office with Fema to receive assignment.
10.17.17 - 3:30pm
NWMIMT safely in Puerto Rico working response for interior Central District, connecting and info gathering a priority.
10.17.17 - 3:01pm
NWMIMT members assisted with inflight medical emergency en route to Puerto Rico, Jet Blue staff extremely appreciative.
10.16.17 - 11:45am
Team members depart from Deerfield, MA for a 14 day deployment to Puerto Rico. Stay tuned for continued updates.
- 10.17 Hurricane Maria: Inside a Puerto Rican Barrio's Fight to Survive - Rolling Stone
- 10.17 Local emergency workers in Puerto Rico to assist in hurricane relief - The Recorder
- 10.17 Greenfield Fire Chief deployed to assist Puerto Rico hurricane response - WWLP
- 10.16 Puerto Rico facing a water crisis after Hurricane Maria - Today
- 10.16 Puerto Ricans Are Still Without Food, Water, and Power One Month After Hurricane Maria - Travel + Leisure
- 10.16 Stranded by Maria,Puerto Ricans Get Creative to Survive - New York Times
- 10.16 Misery in Puerto Rico: No power, no job, 'enormous' lines - CNN Money
- 10.16 Massachusetts deploying 10-person emergency management team to Puerto Rico - MassLIVE
- 10.16 10-Person Emergency Management Team Deployment to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Response and Recovery - Mass.gov
- 10.15 Maryland National Guard deploys to Puerto Rico to take part in recovery effort - WTOP
- 10.14 Puerto Rico's death toll from Hurricane Maria climbs to 48 - CNN
- 10.13 Puerto Rico still in the dark three weeks after 3 weeks - Los Angeles Times
- 10.4 Puerto Rico accepts Massachusetts offer for law enforcement support - Mass.gov
- 9.29 Baker-Polito Administration Announces Mobilization of Massachusetts National Guard to Puerto Rico - Mass.gov
- 9.28 Baker-Polito Administration Announces Relief And Recovery Resources For The Citizens Of Puerto Rico - Mass.gov
Puerto Rico, USA
For Immediate Release - October 16, 2017
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Deployment of 10-Person Emergency Management Team to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Response and Recovery
Puerto Rico accepts Massachusetts offer for emergency management support
BOSTON - The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that Puerto Rico has accepted an offer from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to deploy a 10-person emergency management team from Massachusetts to assist in Puerto Rico. The request for assistance from Puerto Rico 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 be able to deploy additional resources and personnel to assist with hurricane recovery and relief operations in Puerto Rico during this difficult time,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “As we continue to monitor requests for assistance and offer aid to disaster survivors traveling to Massachusetts, these experienced emergency managers will provide critical on the ground support for teams coordinating relief operations on the island.”
While deployed in Puerto Rico, the team is expected to work with the Central Island Coordination Task Force, which coordinates the delivery of goods and services across the island. The team includes three MEMA employees and seven members of the Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team (NWMIMT). The team is traveling to Puerto Rico on October 16th, and is expected to be deployed for 14 days.
“The deployment of these emergency managers from Massachusetts will assist Puerto Rico with the coordination of relief efforts,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We continue to take steps to assist those impacted by the recent hurricanes by preparing for those residents who choose to self-evacuate to Massachusetts, partnering with the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund, and monitoring requests for assistance, and we urge everyone looking to help to support disaster relief operations through cash donations to organizations listed on the state’s website.”
“Public safety personnel from Massachusetts have previously been sent across the nation to assist in the aftermath of disasters,” said Secretary of Public Safety Dan Bennett. “We are proud to continue this tradition by sending additional personnel to Puerto Rico and thank the deploying personnel who have offered to support Puerto Rico in their recovery.”
“EMAC is an important component of emergency management,” 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 Puerto Rico these specialized personnel during their time of need.”
MEMA continues to monitor the EMAC system and look for opportunities to offer personnel, equipment and resources to Puerto Rico.
On October 4th, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the deployment of local and state law enforcement officers to Puerto Rico for hurricane Response and Recovery. The first 24 officers arrived in Puerto Rico on October 7th, and the remaining officers will deploy in two-week rotations over the next month. While in Puerto Rico, the law enforcement officers will assist with traffic and security duties.
On September 29th, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the mobilization of the Massachusetts National Guard to Puerto Rico for hurricane response and recovery. The National Guard’s Joint Site Incident Satellite Communications Capability (JISCC) team will support satellite-based data and mobile communications on the island, where communication lines have been severely damaged.
Governor Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Representative Jeffrey Sánchez and members of the Boston Foundation also announced the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund to support and respond to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. The fund has been formed in partnership with the Latino Legacy fund and in cooperation with the Alliance for Puerto Rico. Funds raised will be distributed for reconstruction and relief on the island of Puerto Rico and to support self-evacuees arriving in Massachusetts from Puerto Rico for temporary or permanent residence.
The Baker-Polito Administration has formed a state task force that is working to ensure that the state is prepared to support the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for individuals who choose to self-evacuate the island and seek temporary or permanent residence in Massachusetts.
State officials remain in communication with the Government of Puerto Rico and federal authorities and are ready and willing to offer emergency assistance, such as personnel and equipment, at the request of Puerto Rico.
Volunteers & Donations:
Donations - Donating cash to recognized disaster relief organizations is the best way to help people in need after a disaster. Cash donations are efficient, flexible to use, and require no transportation. Consider donating to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, or other disaster relief organization that is a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD): https://www.nvoad.org/current-disasters/werespond/
Volunteers – Those looking to volunteer are encouraged to get involved with an established disaster relief organization. This ensures that volunteer efforts are coordinated and that the needs of disaster communities and survivors are met. People are asked not to self-deploy to a disaster area. Information on volunteering is available through the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD): https://www.nvoad.org/current-disasters/werespond/
For Immediate Release - October 16, 2017
Mary Kersell - Public Information Officer
GREENFIELD - The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that Massachusetts is sending more help to Puerto Rico as the island continues to recover and rebuild after the destructive impact of Hurricane Maria. The Commonwealth has assembled a joint team of emergency management personnel from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team (NWMIMT) for a fourteen day deployment. “We are honored that our team has been chosen to go with MEMA to help get people back on their feet”, said Dennis Annear, the NWMIMT Team leader. “We are extremely fortunate to have a strong team of experienced professionals willing and available to help.”
Monday afternoon, the 10-person incident management team of seven NWMIMT and three MEMA personnel will leave Hartford for Puerto Rico. They will be working for the Central Island Coordination Task Force to assist with response planning and logistics. The NWMIMT members who will be going to Puerto Rico hail from Greenfield, Lanesboro, Leyden, New Salem, Northfield and Halifax Vt. Collectively they have decades of experience managing complex incidents.
The request for assistance from Puerto Rico 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 requesting territory (Puerto Rico in this case) fully reimburses the assisting state for the total costs incurred. All personnel and other resources are coordinated between state emergency management agencies.
NWMIMT is a group of highly dedicated volunteers from across Western Massachusetts, each of whom has extensive training in the National Incident Management System. The team has been deployed locally multiple times over the years for missions involving hazardous waste spills, search and rescue operations, brush fires and tornado response. Further afield, the team was part of an EMAC request to New York State after Hurricane Sandy to operate a Logistics Supply Area located at Citi Field in New York City. In Massachusetts the team assisted MEMA in the operation of the staging area for the Out-of-State snow removal equipment for the Greater Boston Area in 2015 at Hanscom Field in Bedford.
The team is thankful for support and funding it has received from the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Tri-State Fire Mutual Aid Association and MEMA.
Throughout the Puerto Rican deployment, Public Information Officers will provide updates to the team Twitter account @NWMIMT and to www.fireground360.com