CBP Prepares Response to Hurricane Sandy
In preparation for a massive storm heading closer to our shores, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is gearing up to respond to Hurricane Sandy with increasing potential to affect key infrastructure along the eastern seaboard.
"Our agency is committed to fulfilling our mission while protecting the safety of the traveling public along with our employees and their families as Hurricane Sandy moves along the East Coast," said Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar. "We will work closely with our federal, state and local partners to limit any effects the storm may have on our nation's security, trade and travel."
Deputy Commissioner Aguilar activated Lead Field Coordinators (LFC) for FEMA Regions I, II and III in order to coordinate CBP's efforts and support the federal government's response.
In the event of an incident or natural disaster, CBP's LFCs coordinate across the agency's components, including the Office of Field Operations, Office of Air and Marine and U.S. Border Patrol, through a single command and control structure located near the affected area.
If necessary, CBP will open emergency operations centers at headquarters and at locations that may be affected by the path of the storm.
CBP recommends the following actions to prepare for the possible effects of Hurricane Sandy:
- The traveling public to monitor local media and forecasts from the National Weather Service and listen for guidance from local authorities. Information on how to prepare for disaster can be found at fema.gov and ready.gov.
- Members of trade community to monitor cbp.gov for updates on CBP's efforts to ensure that any disruptions are minimized. Members of the traveling public also will be able to find updates on the status of CBP operations at various ports of entry on the site as the storm progresses.
- Airline and cruise ship passengers should check with their travel agent or their airline's and cruise line's websites for flight and cruise delays or cancellations.
- All residents in the path of Hurricane Sandy to track Hurricane Sandy at the National Hurricane Center's website (National Hurricane Center's website)
- Heed all safety, evacuation and shelter messages from your state Emergency Management Agencies (EMA). You can find your state EMA (Emergency Management Agencies (EMA)).
It's not too late to prepare for Hurricane Sandy. Visit FEMA's hurricane preparedness site (FEMA's hurricane preparedness site ).
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.