August 31, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Deploys State Incident Management Team to Texas

Governor Cuomo Deploys State Incident Management Team to Texas

All- Hazards Multi-State Agency Effort Will Assist with Response and Recovery Efforts from Hurricane Harvey

40,000 Ready-Made Meals and Nonperishable Food Sent to Help Feed Survivors

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that a 30-member State Incident Management Team will deploy to College Station, Texas on Friday to support the response and recovery efforts in the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. The State IMT consists of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' Office of Emergency Management, Fire Prevention and Control, and Interoperable Communications, State Police, Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Parks Recreation and Preservation, Office of Information Technology Services, and Port Authority New York and New Jersey.

"New York has experienced more than its fair share of natural disasters over the past several years - whether it be superstorms, crippling blizzards or devastating floods," Governor Cuomo said. "During our time of need, neighbors helped neighbors and Americans came from across the nation to offer aid to New Yorkers and as Texans face floods and devastation from Hurricane Harvey, we continue to stand ready to help in any way we can."

The State IMT is a state resource designed to assist emergency managers in ensuring a prompt, efficient and organized response to complex, multi-operational disasters. This 30-member, multi-agency IMT has been requested by the State of Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas A&M Forest Service to provide a Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team to support management of flood response activities in the State of Texas. Incident Management Teams bring a wealth of training and experience in the Incident Command System, including command and control, planning, logistics and administration activities. The IMT will be tasked with assisting state and local officials with operational coordination, obtaining situational information and reporting, incident action planning, GIS mapping, and logistical support for ongoing response operations.

The team will mobilize early Friday morning, and convoy to Texas with necessary support equipment. An advance of team of five to six individuals will fly to Texas to meet with local officials and coordinate the team's assignments and will be fully operational within 48 hours.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is sending five Forest Rangers and two unmanned aircraft systems to assist in the emergency response efforts. DEC's Forest Rangers are members of the State IMT and are scheduled for a 14-day deployment. Additionally, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, which has a history of utilizing both security and civilian staff and inmates working side by side to provide assistance to others in times of need, will be sending approximately 40,000 assembled meals plus nonperishable items for another 40,000 meals to the Southeast Texas Food Bank.

This afternoon, trucks left the DOCCS Food Production Center in Rome, NY packed with items to be used for 40,000 meals that will be assembled in Texas including:

  • over 41,000 individual cups of soup
  • almost 3,000 cans of tuna fish
  • 4,775 cans of sardines
  • 18,000 tea bags

New York has a long history of helping other states following natural disasters. In addition to sending similar assistance to Florida following Hurricanes Matthew, Frances, Ivan, and Dennis, New York dispatched a multi-agency team of more than 300 individuals to assist Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, as well as another 18-member team after Hurricane Gustav. Additionally, New York has sent crews of firefighters west many times to assist with containing wildfires.

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