Kentucky Emergency Management to Provide Assistance with Hurricane Florence

Sep 12, 2018

Search and Rescue teams intend to arrive in Raleigh, North Carolina, before the storm hits.
Credit satellite image / NASA

Kentucky Emergency Management is sending two Swiftwater Search and Rescue teams to North Carolina this afternoon to assist with relief for the impending Hurricane Florence.

The SAR teams will deploy through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact and intend to arrive in Raleigh, North Carolina, before the storm hits. Director Michael Dossett said that KYEM deploys as many teams as possible to support their EMAC partners.

"Under the EMAC system we’re deploying two Swiftwater Rescue Teams. Both teams come out of Louisville." Dossett said. "The first one is 12 members from the Louisville Fire and Rescue Team and the second one is from the Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Team."

KYEM is sending these teams in response to a request yesterday from North Carolina for assistance to support emergency personnel. 

EMAC establishes a basis for sharing resources between states and is implemented within the State Emergency Management Agency.