Alaska Team Responds to Hurricane
When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, the expertise of an Alaska fire team was needed to help with the situation in Mississippi.
During the Katrina assignment, the team assisted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in receiving and distributing trailers and mobile homes for evacuees. Based in Selma , Alabama , the team set up five outlying sites from Baton Rouge , Louisiana to Cumberland , Maryland . During their two-week assignment the team distributed more than 9,700 trailers.
On September 21, 2005 FEMA asked the team to assist the state of Mississippi in augmenting its wildland firefighting capabilities. Hurricane winds toppled 40-60 percent of all trees in southern Mississippi , creating extreme fire danger because fire season in the south doesn't end until after November. The team wrote a fire hazard mitigation plan and implemented it by immediately dispatching fire personnel, engines and bulldozers from around the country. The hazard teams removed fallen trees from roads and stood ready to suppress fires in ten counties adjacent to Mississippi 's Gulf Coast .
The Alaska team returned home on October 3, 2005.
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