PEARL, Miss. (WTVA) -- Gov. Phil Bryant is sending a 21 member Emergency Operations Center team and a five-member Incident Management team to New Jersey in support of Gov. Chris Christie following Hurricane Sandy.
“Mississippi is all too familiar with disaster response, and our teams are experts in emergency management,” Gov. Bryant said. “I have been in close contact with Gov. Christie over the past days and am pleased that we are able to assist the people of New Jersey. We stand ready to further assist those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”
The 21 member EOC team will consist of staff from the following agencies:
Seven Mississippi Emergency Management Agency employees.
One Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service employee.
One Lauderdale County employee.
One Stone County employee.
Two Jackson County employees.
One Neshoba County employee.
One Claiborne County employee.
One Bolivar County employee.
One Monroe County employee.
One Rankin County employee.
Two Harrison County employees.
One City of Meridian employee.
One City of Madison employee.
The EOC team will assist the Monmouth County Emergency Operations Center by supporting the following Emergency Support Functions: Transportation, Communications, Public Works and Engineering, Firefighting, Emergency Management, Mass Care and Emergency Assistance and Housing, Logistics, Public Health, Search and Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Agriculture, Energy, Public Safety, Long Term Recovery and External Affairs.
The five-member Incident Management Team from the Mississippi State Department of Health will assist Middlesex County, NJ.
MEMA Logistics staff, Assistant to the Director, swift water rescue teams and an Incident Management Team deployed to Maryland to assist with Hurricane Sandy and its impacts.
This assistance is being provided through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
This compact allows for state-to-state support during disasters.
All costs for this deployment and any additional assistance will be reimbursed by the requesting state under EMAC.
The state of Mississippi is prepared to send more support if other states request it.
The expenses for deployments through EMAC are paid for by the requesting state.