Washington, D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Rita and is making continuous preparations for the storm. FEMA again reminds residents in the Gulf Coast states to pay close attention to Hurricane Rita and to listen to local officials and follow their instructions.
“Federal officials are working very closely with the states of Texas and Louisiana and have commodities, rescue personnel and other assets moving into place today said Acting FEMA Director R. David Paulison. “However, I cannot caution enough the need for individuals to prepare themselves and their families. First responders will not be able to reach impacted areas until the conditions are safe enough to respond.”
Update on FEMA activities:
- 45 truckloads of water and 45 truckloads of ice and 25 truckloads of meals are pre-staging at federal facilities in Texas.
- Over 400 medical team personnel and 14 Urban Search & Rescue Task Forces, almost 800 personnel, are pre-staging in Texas.
- More than 450 Members of Urban Search & Rescue Task Forces are still working in Louisiana.
- The U.S. Coast Guard is pre-positioning search and rescue, pollution response and aids to navigation assets inland for post-storm response.
- Coast Guard Disaster Area Response Teams (DART) will be staged in Houston to provide relief in the event of a disaster.
- The Department of Homeland Security’s Infrastructure Protection division is working closely with private sector owners and operators to ensure protective measures are underway at local critical infrastructure sites.
- The American Red Cross has resources to deliver 750,000 meals a day a day after Hurricane Rita makes landfall, while keeping appropriate resources in place to assist Katrina evacuees.