Florida to help Hawaii following two hurricanes

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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 8:18 am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) is acting upon a request for assistance from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, as the state responds to twin Hurricanes Iselle and Julio.

On Friday, August 8, FDEM deployed Deputy Operations Chief Ashley Davis to work with the Hawaiian response team. Davis will be instrumental in coordinating and directing emergency management missions to assist storm survivors. Davis’s operational experience with FDEM includes more than a dozen weather-related activations and response events.

The move comes in response to a formal request initiated on August 6, by Hawaii Emergency Management officials through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The EMAC request specified the need for an experienced team member to assist with the coordination and implementation of emergency response missions.

All fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands have enacted legislation to become EMAC partners, which allows individual states to provide mutual assistance to one another during a disaster.

“Managing multiple storms presents a tremendous challenge to any emergency management agency,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “Florida gained multiple-storm experience during the 2004-2005 hurricane season, and we stand ready to provide assistance and share the lessons we learned with other states if requested.”

Hurricane Iselle weakened to a tropical storm and made landfall at 2:30 AM Hawaiian Standard Time on Friday, August 8. Current models indicate that Hurricane Julio will pass north of the state on Sunday as a category 1 storm.

Hawaii last experienced a land-falling hurricane in 1992 when Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30.

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