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Ida: FEMA leads federal effort

Federal agencies are currently managing a massive operation “at all levels of government” to handle the impacts and aftermath of Hurricane Ida. 

Ida made landfall Sunday, Aug. 29 in Louisiana with sustained winds of 150-plus m.p.h. and huge storm surges, and then plowed further northward. Damages across that state and areas of neighboring Mississippi are enormous, with over a million residences without power in the Bayou State alone. 

Main participants include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Coast Guard, resources from the Department of Defense, including the U.S. Northern Command, and multiple additional federal, state and local agencies as well as numerous nongovernmental components such as the American Red Cross. 

“A tremendous coordination effort is taking place at all levels of government and utilizing assets from across the nation to conduct life-safety and rescue efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi,” FEMA stated. “Emergency and first responder teams began their operations early Monday morning. From Texas to Alabama, search and rescue teams from more than 15 states, FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard are conducting search and rescue operations across the impacted areas.”

Reader comments

Thu, Sep 2, 2021

This country would fall apart without its federal first responders and federal coordination.

Wed, Sep 1, 2021 terry

Looks even more wiped out down there today a few days after the storm. Lots of help federal and otherwise needed for months.

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