Ida: FEMA leads federal effort

FEMA, DOD and multiple additional agencies rush to coordinate and manage emergency response to Hurricane Ida, which has left over 1 million without power in the worst hit areas with oppressive heat setting in.


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.”

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