The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is raising awareness that Hurricane Irma disaster survivors, and their friends and family, should be alert for false rumors, scams, identity theft, and fraud. Although many Americans are working hard to help their neighbors now, during chaotic times, some will always try to take advantage of the most vulnerable.
In keeping with a tradition of cross-border emergency assistance, the Government of Canada offered its assistance to the United States following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is through individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the cataclysmic impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Two State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017: in Goliad County in the city of Goliad, and in Fort Bend County in Missouri City.
Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke traveled to Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas to meet with federal, state and local officials and volunteers carrying out Hurricane Harvey response and recovery efforts.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 6, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will participate in a media availability in Houston, Texas regarding the Hurricane Harvey response and recovery. While in Texas, Acting Secretary Duke will meet with FEMA, U.S. Coast Guard, and Customs and Border Protection personnel working on response and recovery efforts, as well as state, county, and local officials.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deployed approximately 200 law enforcement personnel from Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and Special Response Teams (SRTs) around the country to provide security for search and rescue teams and to assist with search and rescue operations in Southeast Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey.
The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) activated the Surge Capacity Force (SCF) to supplement federal personnel supporting states as they respond to the catastrophic impacts from Tropical Storm Harvey. This voluntary program for federal employees within the Department of Homeland Security allows non-FEMA employees an opportunity to support disaster response efforts.
The federal government’s emergency responders continue to respond to states, local communities, and tribes as impacts continue across southeast Texas. FEMA’s priority continues to be protecting the lives and well-being of those in affected areas; the federal government is focusing on search and rescue and first responder operations to ensure people who need help get assistance. FEMA urges those in the affected areas to follow the instructions of state, local, and tribal officials, including instructions to shelter in place or evacuate. Evacuees should not return to evacuated areas until they are told by local officials that it is safe to do so.