NPS Incident Management Team Hurricane Irma Update
Tuesday, September 14, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.
Miami - The National Park Service Eastern Incident Management Team (Team) is in its fifth day of operation, and is now operating in South Florida, coordinating the bureau's response to parks impacted by Hurricane Irma. Immediate objectives are to support employee emergency needs, conduct damage assessments, and remove debris in the affected areas. The team has relocated its response operation to South Florida, putting its response and recovery efforts in closer proximity to the affected parks. So far, 107 National Park Service employees from outside the impacted areas are working in the parks or en route, with additional resources expected to be ordered in the coming days.
Employee accountability and care is the primary concern of the National Park Service. Employees at all national parks have been accounted for, with the exception of Everglades National Park, where power and communication outages are making contact with some employees difficult. All but one of Everglades more than 300 employees have been accounted for.
The safety and support of all NPS employees working in the parks is the priority for the National Park Service response to the hurricane.
National park sites assisted by the team are widespread and include all of the national parks in South Florida, the Caribbean, and along the Atlantic coast.
Information from damage and critical assessments is listed below. All affected parks are currently closed to all visitor use and access unless otherwise noted. The public is reminded that parks are closed to all use, including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, due to safety concerns during cleanup operations. Parks will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
News from the field - September 14:
Canaveral National Seashore (Fla.)
- Apollo District and Seminole Rest Historic Site are is still without power.
- A partial reopening is planned for tomorrow.
- Damage to several docks and boardwalks will continue to assessment damages.
- Cleanup up and debris removal is underway.
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