14 City of New Orleans public safety personnel will be deployed to the East Coast to assist with the emergency response to Hurricane Florence through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).
Ten members of the Louisiana Task Force-1 Urban Search and Rescue Team will assist with swift-water rescue operations. That includes six members from the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) and four members from New Orleans Emergency Medical Services.
An additional four-person team, made up of two members from NOFD, one member from the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and one member from the Real-Time Crime Center, will be deployed to offer Emergency Operation Center support.
“While we monitor the Gulf for our own safety at this height of hurricane season, we also reach out to assist others,” said Collin Arnold, Director of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP). “We know this assistance is vital to the response and eventual recovery of the areas that will be affected by Florence.”
EMAC is an interstate mutual aid agreement that allows for states impacted by disaster to quickly request assistance from other states. Visit https://www.emacweb.org/ for more information.