The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to coordinate the efforts of dozens of federal agencies supporting response following Hurricane Irma’s damage to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Florida. Today, more than 38,000 federal personnel are working to support state, Commonwealth, territorial, tribal and local officials; additional staff continue to deploy.
The top priority of the federal government is protecting the lives and safety of those in affected areas. First responders, federal teams and voluntary agencies are working tirelessly to help those in need through search and rescue, staffing emergency shelters, providing meals, and offering comfort.
More information on federal partners’ support to response and recovery can be found at www.fema.gov/Hurricane-Irma.