Natural Disasters, USAR

FDNY Management Team Responds to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Issue 2 and Volume 171.

By Stephen Marsar   Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the destructive and deadly Category 3 and 4 hurricanes that pounded the United States this year, were so destructive that the World Meteorological Organization may vote to retire their names. Between August and October 2017, these three storms battered the Gulf Coast, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, setting off some of the largest federal emergency responses in U.S. history. Before the first of these storms made landfall, the wheels were set in motion for an unprecedented response. The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) was requested to take part in a national response that included incident management teams (IMTs), urban search and rescue (US&R) teams, the U.S. military, the Red Cross, and volunteers from throughout the country. (1) Damaged homes in Big Pine Key, Florida. (Photos courtesy of the FDNY IMT public information officer. ) Hurricane Harvey, Texas Making landfall near…

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