ATLANTA -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Special Response Team Members along with several other federal government agencies are ready to support and assist in the response to Hurricane Florence.
Today, 12 Atlanta CBP officers and several vehicles were deployed to North Carolina. After staging in North Carolina, the team will travel to the impacted areas with trailers carrying supplies to assist in the relief efforts. Some of the equipment taken include ladders, saws, generators with fuel, lighting systems, and other vital supplies.
“CBP personnel from around the nation are being called in to action to help those impacted by Florence,” said Donald F. Yando Atlanta Director of Field Operations. “As in previous natural disasters, Atlanta CBP officer’s emergency response is conducted in accordance with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Response Framework.”
For those in areas affected by the storm, shelters are open in the Carolinas. To locate a shelter, download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) for registration information, directions and a customizable checklist of emergency supplies.
All indications point that this incident is a long-term event and conditions remain perilous for those in the impacted areas. CBP joins local, state and federal first responders who advise residents to monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information.
CBP’s highest priorities following the hurricane making landfall are life-saving and live-sustaining activities to include: the safe evacuation of people leaving the impacted areas; the maintenance of public order; prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible; and the speedy recovery of the region.
Continue to follow CBP on twitter @CBPSoutheast, @CBPFlorida, and @CBPMidAtlantic for an up to date look of what is happening on the ground and what CBP is doing to support the Hurricane Florence response efforts.