California Deploys Additional Emergency Support to East Coast States Impacted by Hurricane Florence

In response to Hurricane Florence, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) continues to deploy emergency management personnel to the East Coast to assist in the recovery efforts. Within the past two weeks, Urban Search & Rescue and Water Rescue teams were deployed, along with emergency managers, Incident Support and Management teams. 

Today, additional assistance is en route to the storm area of Hurricane Florence. 

California deployed three two-person Functional Support Teams (FAST) today to provide assessment and support services for people with access and functional needs. 

FAST team members will evaluate individual client needs and continued facility accessibility. Deployment length is expected for seven days and includes representatives from the California Department of Social Services, California Department of Rehabilitation and Social Security Administration.  

In addition, licensed clinical mental health professionals from two counties were deployed today to shelters along the coast of the North Carolina. California provided five mental health workers from San Joaquin County and one from Stanislaus County. Deployment length is expected for 14 days. 

“California continues to support our friends on the East Coast in a multitude of ways,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “As the devastation expands, we are providing additional assets to assist in the recovery and to offer their expertise during this disaster.” 

In recent days, California has also deployed eight Urban Search & Rescue and Water Rescue teams from across California, as well as an Incident Management Team based out of the Central Coast, an eight-person Incident Support Team from Cal OES’ headquarters in Sacramento and eight additional emergency managers from San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. 

Since 1992, California-based State/National US&R Task Forces have been deployed to a long list of other state, national, and even international disasters including 2017’s Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, 1992 Hurricane Iniki (Hawaii), the 1994 Northridge Earthquake1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, several hurricanes, last year’s earthquake disaster near Mexico City, and the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. 

Cal OES continues to monitor operations on the East Coast and requests for additional EMAC assistance. EMAC, which includes the participation of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a nationally recognized mutual-aid system that provides the foundation for states to request and send resources across their borders when impacted by a disaster. 

For more information, follow these links: EMACNational Weather Service and Cal OES newsroom.

Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires, and statewide wildfire siege in 2018 . Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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