Late last night, as Hurricane Isaac made landfall along the Gulf Coast, FEMA provided another update about the ongoing efforts from federal officials to respond to the storm.
Earlier in the day, FEMA Adminstrator Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb briefed President Obama on the expected track for the hurricane and the preparations underway to provide relief efforts.
The President has already signed emergency declarations for the states of Mississippi and Louisiana in order to ensure local leaders get the support they need.
Before Isaac made landfall, FEMA dispatched four Incident Management Assistance Teams to emergency operations centers in Gulf states and positioned two Mobile Emergency Response Support teams and additional resources in locations nearby the areas expected to be affected by the storm.
FEMA also has supply distribution centers in Georgia and Texas and has established additional supply sites Mississippi and Louisiana. Federal officials have also deployed an urban search and rescue team to Louisiana, and additional support teams are ready to deploy as needed and requested.
For those currently in the path of the storm, FEMA has provided some useful safety information:
Rain and storm surge may make flooding possible. Here are the definitions of the types of advisories officials may issue:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging everyone to make food safety a part of their preparation efforts:
Finally, if the high winds and rain from Isaac cause the power to go out, remember these tips:
Read the USDA blog post for a full list of food safety tips.