Governor Newsom deploys emergency personnel to Florida to help respond to Hurricane Ian

SACRAMENTO – Working to support communities impacted by Hurricane Ian, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the deployment of emergency management and mass care specialists to Florida to support the state’s response to the crisis. current.

“California stands with the people of Florida,” Governor Newsom said. “Our state is all too familiar with the impact of natural disasters and we stand ready to provide all necessary assistance and support to communities impacted by this horrific storm.”

In response to a request from Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, Governor Newsom directed the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to dispatch an initial five-person team of medical experts to facilitate shelters for those displaced by the hurricane as well as Emergency Operations Center personnel to support the Florida State Operations Center in Tallahassee.

California told Florida it will make additional personnel and resources available as needed to support hurricane response or recovery operations.

Previously, Cal OES approved the deployment of local government firefighters to Florida as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) response system. Currently, there are California specialists and firefighters from the following local agencies on the ground in Florida actively working to save lives: Los Angeles County Fire Department, Orange County Fire Authority, Riverside Fire Department, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department, Sacramento County Fire Department, Chula Vista Fire Department and San Diego Fire Department.

Hurricane Ian landed as one of the strongest storms to ever hit Florida and continues to move across the state with damaging winds, heavy rains and storm surges that have left people trapped . Flooding and power outages continue to affect communities across the state and significant damage to homes, businesses and public infrastructure has occurred.

This deployment builds on California’s extensive efforts to assist other states when needed. Already this year, California has sent firefighters Oregonfirefighters and disaster recovery experts for New Mexico and also sent firefighters and an information specialist Montana. In 2021, California sent fire trucks to Oregon remove Bootleg Fire and Specialized Urban Search and Rescue Resources teams for Florida to assist in the collapse of the Surfside Tower.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom provided ventilators in Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada and Delaware and also sent millions of PPE items to neighboring states along the west coast.

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