- The Department of Health and Human Services’ public health emergency declaration for Texas. HHS has more than 500 staffers in Texas and Louisiana with an additional 1,000 on alert. “They deployed approximately 53,000 pounds of medical equipment and supplies to support medical and public health needs in the affected areas. HHS helped arrange for evacuation of three Texas hospitals Saturday,” according to FEMA, while assessing “damage and needs of mental health centers, dialysis centers, pharmacies, and other critical health infrastructure.” More than 340 HHS employees began “rapid strike” training Monday, before being sent to the field.
- The National Guard Bureau said it “would provide an additional 20,000 to 30,000 Soldiers and Airmen in support of the ongoing Hurricane Harvey response efforts.” The entire Texas National Guard has been activated.
- National Emergency Medical Services contract for 100 ambulances and 15 air ambulances
- Mobile Emergency Response Support providing voice, video and information services for emergency
- Incident Management Assistance Teams on the ground in Austin and Baton Rouge to help with requests for federal assistance
- National Business Emergency Operations Center facilitating information to private companies for communicating with their employees
- National Flood Insurance Program adjusters in Texas and Louisiana to assist with damage assessments
- Army Corps of Engineers services, from sandbags to power restoration and flood fighting projects
- Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement work on “the evacuation of offshore oil and gas platforms and rigs due to the storm. Personnel have been evacuated from 89 production platforms and four drilling rigs”
- Department of Defense search-and-rescue aircraft, in addition to generators, 50,000 gallons of gasoline and 450,000 gallons of diesel fuel. DOD is sending 100 tactical vehicles to Houston for personnel and patient transportation from flooded areas
- Department of Energy monitoring of Harvey’s hit on oil and natural gas supplies
- Environmental Protection Agency working with Energy to ensure fuel availability in the storm zone
- Federal Communications Commission monitoring of communications networks and efforts to restore communications in disaster zones
- Department of the Interior storm-tide sensors to provide daily reports on water heights. Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey updates storm surge forecasts.
- National Park Service and Office of Aviation Services drones “for search and rescue operations and to provide imagery for identifying high priority search areas.”
- U.S. Postal Service review of “conditions for restoration of service on a case by case basis.”
- Department of Transportation “emergency declarations to remove restrictions in order to hasten the delivery of emergency equipment and supplies to the region”
- USA.gov and Spanish language GobiernoUSA.gov websites compile federal agency updates on Harvey.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs assistance to tribes needing emergency aid.
August 29, 2017 at 4:39 PM EDT