To date, federal representatives from the affected regions and across the nation have responded to deliver immediate aid and coordination efforts under the combined federal response led by FEMA. The American Red Cross is also deploying disaster assessment teams to flooded areas.
Specifically, efforts undertaken include:
In Iowa, FEMA and partners are providing for more than 4,000 evacuees in the
In Indiana, FEMA continues to coordinate the federal response to earlier flooding. The federal disaster declaration for
In Wisconsin, PDA’s are already underway. The state is also under a flood watch and additional flooding is possible. National Guard engineers continue to provide engineering expertise to other officials through aerial and ground assessments. The Guard completed delivery of 20,000 sandbags to
In Illinois, planning is being conducted in anticipation of flooding that may occur along the
In Minnesota, PDA’s are underway in conjunction with state and local authorities following earlier flooding.
Federal agencies have responded in a coordinated fashion:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with state and local authorities to coordinate flood-fighting activities in
The Department of Defense’s U.S. Northern Command has deployed a Defense Coordinating Officer and a Defense Coordinating Element to assess the impact of the flood conditions and to identify assets that could be used in mitigating the effects of that flooding. The Department of Defense anticipates additional support based on current and future weather predications, and is standing by to assist in local and state response efforts.
The American Red Cross is sheltering and feeding those impacted by the recent severe weather. The ARC has deployed 58 emergency response vehicles to support these activities. Through the „Safe and Well” Web site, accessible through RedCross.org, the Red Cross provides an easy way to assist people in locating loved ones who evacuate their homes or communities.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is surveying the interstate highways, bridges and other roads impacted by the storms. Five rail bridges have been identified as being damaged and one airport closed in
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is providing forecast information and reviews and comparisons involving previous storms. NOAA aircraft, satellites and survey vessels on the great lakes are also supporting these activities. NOAA has personnel on the ground in key state locations to provide immediate forecast information and to support local actions.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has deployed seven Regional Emergency Coordinators to support initial and ongoing health needs assessments. The National Disaster Medical System Office has pre-identified teams that are on stand-by to deploy if the states request assistance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided approximately 10,000 does of tetanus vaccine to the
The U.S. Coast Guard is using equipment to monitor flood levels. Of note, they are installing streamgages in the
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sent staff to the Duane Arnold nuclear power plant in
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a consumer alert to the affected region on keeping food safe during an emergency and issued a notice to field offices yesterday extending crop reporting dates and other extensions due in part to the
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is staging resources and personnel and making full preparations for cleanup when the flooding abates. EPA will then work with its federal, state and local partners to ensure household and hazardous waste cleanup and assessment of possible impacts on drinking water and sewage treatment facilities.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is assisting state and local agencies in the performance of law enforcement functions within the affected areas. The FBI is also coordinating with the command post set up by the state and local agencies in terms of where they need assistance.
FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.