FEMA Activates in Support of Bering Sea Storm
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is closely monitoring storm conditions in Alaska, and encourages residents to follow the advice of local officials. According to the National Weather Service, winter storm, blizzard and coastal flood warnings remain in effect along the Bering Sea and west coast of Alaska. Conditions are expected to worsen as this storm makes landfall.
"We are in constant contact with the State of Alaska, tribal governments and our FEMA Anchorage Area Office, and stand ready to assist the state and tribes, if needed," said FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy. "We also encourage residents to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and local news to monitor for severe weather updates and warnings and follow the direction provided by their local officials."
Yesterday, FEMA activated its National Response Coordination Center, and its Regional Response Coordination Center in Bothell, Washington to monitor preparations and response needs resulting from the storm.
In advance of the storm, FEMA Region 10 (a geographic jurisdiction which includes the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) placed liaisons in the state emergency management operations centers in Anchorage, Alaska and deployed its Regional Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) to Anchorage to coordinate with the state if federal support is needed.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Last Modified: Wednesday, 09-Nov-2011 11:45:42
Posted: November 9, 2011