El Paso CBP Supports Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts
EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues to monitor Hurricane Michael’s track and is deploying personnel and relief supplies to the impacted area.
CBP contributes unique capabilities to hurricane response efforts, such as live streaming from coastal damage assessment flights, urban search and rescue and human detector dogs. CBP also contributes hoist-capable helicopters to assist in rescue efforts, and uniformed officer presence at shelters and distribution centers.
During past response efforts CBP has deployed Border Patrol swift water rescue agents equipped with jet skis, inflatable rafts and shallow-draft boats while CBP officers have deployed with relief supplies, generators, pumps and chainsaws to mitigate any damage to CBP Ports of Entry and are prepared to respond to FEMA mission tasking.
Locally the El Paso Air and Marine Air Branch has deployed a Supervisory Air Interdiction Agent to the Florida State Emergency Operations Center - Air Operations Center to help coordinate the response. The El Paso Air Branch also sent an Air Enforcement Agent /Ground Tactical Air Coordinator to help manage the air to ground support effort.
CBP El Paso AMO also coordinated the transportation of CBP Special Operations Group personnel in a Dash-8 aircraft from CBP’s Miami location. A dozen border patrol agents from U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector are being deployed. Two CBP Office of Field Operations Special Response Team members are on standby to deploy.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.