Dec. 24, 2012 – AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that a 39-person
Incident Management Team (IMT) is being deployed to New York to support
continued recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy.
The IMT is tasked with maintaining a field outreach
program and commodity distribution system to residents in affected areas of
Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Team members will ensure that residents
have electricity, water and medical attention if needed, as well as access to
city and federal assistance programs.
The IMT, composed of personnel from Texas A&M Forest
Service and local first responders from across the state, also will be
responsible for disseminating information about the public’s needs and
This is the third IMT from Texas that has traveled to New
York to assist with the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.
"Many weeks of work have helped begin the rebuilding in
the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but much remains to be done,” Gov. Perry said.
“I’m proud that Texans continue to offer their skills and expertise to help
restore some normalcy to the lives of people affected by this horrific storm,
and our state continues to stand ready to offer any assistance required.”
Incident Management Teams are composed of personnel who
are trained to manage or assist in the management of emergency response
operations. An IMT provides a coordination and control infrastructure to
manage a wide range of emergencies from human-caused to natural disasters. The
size of an IMT is contingent on the severity of the incident and the needs of
the affected jurisdiction. Texas currently has 18 IMTs regionally located
around the state.
Follow the Texas A&M Forest Service blog to keep up with
the IMT while they’re on assignment.
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