FEMA activates response center in Oakland

January 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency said today that it has activated its regional response coordinatio center in Oakland to help state needs and to coordinate federal response activities to deal with the storm that's hitting the area.

FEMA said disaster response experts from the regional office have also been deployed to a regional operations center in Southern California and the state Emergency Operations Center in Sacramento.

In fact, FEMA said that, working with its partners, it is dealing with the storm from Southern California to Washington state.

FEMA said that as the effects of the storm mount and needs are identified, it will work with its partners, such as federal and nongovernmental agencies, to mobilize assets and coordinate the federal response family.

In addition, FEMA said the U.S. Coast Guard has issued general guidance to boaters off the coast and more information can be found at http://www.uscg.mil.

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