On June 26 – 27, members of the Atlanta-based FEMA Region 4 Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) visited the Northeast Alabama Community College to participate in a readiness exercise ahead of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season. During the two-day exercise, team members evaluated their level of disaster-response readiness and ability to properly utilize all individually and team-issued equipment ranging from laptops and satellite phones to iPads and cell phones. Northeast Alabama Community College provided the perfect setting for the training, as it serves as the Division E Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.
“FEMA is so important in time of crisis and we certainly have benefited from their work in our area with the weather issues that we have had in recent years.” Stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “We are very pleased to be able to host them for their training.”
FEMA operations cover 10 regions throughout the United States. FEMA Region 4 responds to disasters in the Southeastern U.S. FEMA’s Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT), form the backbone of a command team responsible for quickly deploying, mobilizing and providing initial support to both federal coordinating officers and disaster-impacted states, tribes and territories. IMATs are also among the first to deploy to disasters, helping to make critical decisions that will have lasting impact for response operations.
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