Idaho sends help to storm-ravaged Florida

Idaho sends help to storm-ravaged Florida
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Ten Idahoans are en route to the Florida panhandle to assist with recovery efforts following widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Michael.

The ten individuals are part of an All Hazardous Incident Management Team whose duties will include logistics, public information, incident command, operations and plans. The team members are from the Idaho Falls Police and Fire Departments, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Department and the Idaho Office of Emergency Management.

Following an in-briefing at the State Emergency Operation Center in Tallahasee, Florida on Thursday, Idaho personnel will proceed to Bay County Florida for their mission. The team is expected to be managing a shelter base camp for first responders, of roughly 1,000 people in the Panama City area.

The deployments are expected to last two weeks.

The deployment of state, county and municipal government employees from Idaho, is made possible through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact,a mutual aid agreement between states, created to provide assistance in the event of a disaster.

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