Doug Bedell — December 13, 2021, 3:08 pm

FEMA Responds to a Tornado ‘War Zone’


To get a sense of the magnitude of the tornadoes that ravished Kentucky, here’s the response FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, deems necessary. It’s like a war zone:

* “An Incident Support Base is being established at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to rapidly deploy personnel and supplies as needed. This includes:

* “Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) team Indiana Task Force-1 to assist local response.

* “An additional 10-person team US&R team deployed to the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort.

* Fifty-two generators, 30,000 meals, 45,000 liters of water, cots, blankets, infant toddler kits and medical equipment and supplies. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers temporary power and planning and response teams are on alert.

* “A Mobile Emergency Response Support has deployed to Kentucky, which includes two Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicles with emergency communications capabilities for federal resources, if needed. Additional staging teams and damage assessment staff are being mobilized and prepared to deploy if needed to any of the affected areas.

* “Eleven shelters are open in Kentucky. Three are open in Tennessee. FEMA is in contact with state emergency management officials as tornado damage reports come in from Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.”

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