Posted by: MaryAnn Tierney, Administrator, FEMA Region III
Philadelphia, PA, August 27, 2011 -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (right) & Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (second from right) receive a briefing from Regional Response Coordination Center manager John McGowan prior to the onset of hurricane Irene.
On Saturday, we had the pleasure of hosting Congressman Chaka Fattah and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to the Regional Response Coordination Center in Philadelphia, Penn. I first called Congressman Fattah to thank him for his support during preparations for Irene, and the call ended in an invitation for both gentlemen to take a tour of the office and receive a briefing on the situation.
The Mayor and the Congressman received a briefing on the hurricane from the National Weather Service liaison, Fred McMullen, as it approached the Region’s states (Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania). They were also briefed on the federal family’s support of state and local efforts from the regional response center’s leadership team, including myself.
Philadelphia, PA, August 27, 2011 -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (right) & Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (center) receive a briefing from National Weather Service Liaison Fred McMullen prior to the onset of hurricane Irene.
After their situation briefing, the Mayor and the Congressman further toured the response coordinating center and met with the various Emergency Support Functions (ESFs). These ESFs have various responsibilities in the FEMA support effort, some of them are FEMA staff, and others are liaisons from various federal agencies and non-profit organizations. All work together to provide support to the state & local officials who serve as the first responders to any disaster.
We were glad to have a chance to personally update the Mayor and Congressman – as we say at FEMA, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies is a team effort, and we continue to closely coordinate with our partners across all levels of government. And even though Irene passed through the region this weekend, we continue to capitalize on these strong relationships to make sure our partners are aware of the latest situation. We have teams working side-by-side with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Operations Center in Harrisburg, Penn., and we're closely monitoring the potential flooding in the region III states.
For the latest on our role following Irene, visit the Severe Tropical Weather category on our blog.