Release Number: HQ-08-192
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating the preparations of its partners in federal, state, tribal and local governments as Hurricane Ike is now expected to make landfall in Texas later this week. But with the record this year of storms shifting course before they strike the coast, all Gulf Coast residents are reminded to "Get Serious: Be Prepared."
In Florida, state and local resources are meeting the initial needs of communities impacted by the outer bands of the storm which swept over the Florida Keys. President Bush had previously issued a disaster declaration that enables federal aid to supplement and support any of the immediate response efforts.
In Texas, evacuations are scheduled to begin as early as tomorrow and residents are strongly encouraged to heed the direction of state and local officials. Federal assets will support these evacuations to ensure that everyone can get to safety.
Individual and community preparedness is the responsibility of everyone. Individuals, families and businesses should prepare emergency supply kits and develop family emergency plans. Emergency preparedness information for individuals and businesses is available online at www.ready.gov
Federal agencies maintain multiple teams of key personnel as well as stockpiles of needed supplies and commodities across the country so that a response in one area does not impact on the needs of another. Key staff and commodities are already being pre-staged along the Gulf Coast to ensure a swift response wherever Hurricane Ike eventually strikes the coast.