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C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER
GOVERNOR

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2018
18:044

CONTACT: Jon Hanian
(208) 334-2100

 

 

 

IDAHO SENDS HELP TO STORM-RAVAGED FLORIDA

(BOISE) – Ten Idahoans are en route to the Florida panhandle today to assist with recovery efforts following widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Michael. The Category 4 storm made landfall October 10, 2018.

The deployment of state, county, and municipal government employees from Idaho, is made possible through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a mutual aid agreement between states, created to provide assistance in the event of a disaster. “In times of national distress or regional disaster, Americans do what we always do, we reach out to those who need help,” said Governor Otter. “The people of the state of Florida need our help now and they shall get it. I am very proud that Idaho State and local governments are sending our folks to assist many of the people in Florida who are suffering in the aftermath of this devastating storm.”

The ten individuals are part of an All Hazards Incident Management Team whose duties will include logistics, public information, incident command, operations, and plans. The team members are from the Idaho Falls Police and Fire Departments, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Department, and the Idaho Office of Emergency Management.

Following an in-briefing at the State Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Tallahassee, Florida on Thursday, Idaho personnel will proceed to Bay County Florida for their mission. The team is expected to be managing a shelter base camp for first responders, of roughly 1,000 people in the Panama City area.

Under the EMAC mutual aid agreement, Idaho personnel are paid for their time and service by the requesting state, in this case, the State of Florida. The deployments are expected to last two weeks.

Sixteen states are sending staff to assist with disaster recovery efforts in Florida.

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