Florida officials have canceled the team deployment and we are returning home. - NWMIMT PIO
9.11.17 - 6:39pm
Our assignment is to run the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center. 80% of the county is without power. - NWMIMT PIO
9.11.17 - 12:15pm
Thirteen members of NWMIMT enroute to DeSoto County FL to assist with Hurricane Irma response. - NWMIMT PIO
9.10.17 - 8:00pm
Updates will be posted as soon as information becomes available. - FIREGROUND360
- 9.12 Irma's aftermath: Death, destruction, 16 million people without power - USA Today
- 9.12 Help from Mass. heads to hurricane-ravaged areas - WCVB.com
- 9.11 Satellite imagery shows how Hurricane Irma left its mark on the planet - KOMONews.com
- 9.11 Irma weakens to a tropical storm after knocking out power to millions in Florida - Washington Post
- 9.11 Hurricane Irma: Two-thirds of Florida without power - BBC
- 9.11 Irma Hammering Florida: Keys Hit Hard, Nearly 6 Million Without Power - Weather Channel
- 9.11 Mass. aid teams to head to Florida - Boston Globe
- 9.11 Gove Baker authorizes emergency workers to FL to assist with Hurricane Irma response & recovery - Sampan.org
- 9.10 Mass. National Guard soldiers deploy to FL to assist with Irma - TurnTo10.com
SkyNews - September 11, 2017
Hurricane Irma, the strongest storm ever recorded over the Atlantic, has devastated the Caribbean and battered Florida. Here's how this historic storm unfolded.
- Weather Channel
- NWS Melbourne
- NWS Jacksonville
- NWS Tampa Bay
- NWS Miami
- NWS Key West
- NWS Tallahassee
DeSoto County FL EOC
- Florida National Guard
- Florida Power & Light
- Florida DOT
- Florida DOH
- Florida DEP
- Florida Governor Rick Scott
- Hurricane Irma Rumor Control
- FEMA Region 4
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Massachusetts DEP
- Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
- Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team (NWMIMT)
DeSoto County, FL EOC
Incident Management Team & Massachusetts National Guard Soldiers Deploy to Florida to Assist with Hurricane Irma Response & Recovery
FRAMINGHAM, MA – The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is coordinating the deployment of a 12 person Incident Management Team and an 18 person Massachusetts National Guard public affairs team to Florida to assist with response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Irma. The requests 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 12 person Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team (IMT) will support response operations, with a focus on supporting search and rescue, water rescue, logistics/resource needs, and coordinating with a Federal Urban Search and Rescue Task Force that is operating in the area. The team will depart Massachusetts on Monday, September 11th, and is expected to be deployed for approximately two weeks.
The 18 person Massachusetts National Guard public affairs team is part of the Guard’s 65th Press Camp Headquarters. In Florida, the unit will handle public affairs for the National Guard Joint Task Force Jupiter, including command and control of all public affairs assets, running a media operations center, processing media requests, and providing media escorts in the field. The team will depart Massachusetts by Tuesday, September 12th, and is expected to be deployed for up to 30 days.
These deployments are in addition to the deployments of a three-person emergency operations center (EOC) support team and a nine-person nursing team announced on Sunday, September 10th.
MEMA continues to monitor the EMAC system and look for opportunities to offer personnel, equipment and resources to Florida and other areas impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Volunteers, Donations, and Hurricane Preparedness
- 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 organizations that are members 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/
- Hurricane Preparedness - Late August and September is the peak of New England’s hurricane season. MEMA encourages all residents to learn if they live in a Hurricane Evacuation Zone, and to make a family emergency plan, build an emergency kit, and stay informed. Hurricane preparedness resources are available on MEMA’s website: www.mass.gov/mema/hurricanes
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/eopss/agencies/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.