SPRINGFIELD – November 5, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the deployment of an eight-member Incident Management Team (IMT) to New York State to assist with emergency response and recovery efforts. The team will be deployed to Long Island for 14 days.
The IMT members will receive their specific assignments when they arrive in New York on Tuesday. Their duties could include assisting state and local emergency responders with planning, continuity of emergency operations, resource tracking, situational analysis, logistical support, receipt and distribution of supplies and equipment, managing staging areas and other duties critical to the response effort.
“Hurricane Sandy was one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history,” Governor Quinn said. “The recovery will last for many months, probably even years. We have assured New York and the other impacted states that Illinois is ready, willing and able to help them through this difficult time.”
The responders hail from across the state. Team members reported to IEMA’s headquarters in Springfield this morning to receive event identification, mission and safety briefings and mobilization assistance. This process ensures the accountability and readiness of personnel and assets before departure.
This deployment is the second from Illinois in response to Hurricane Sandy. Last week, 14 emergency managers were deployed to New York City to help with 24/7 operations in the city’s emergency operations center. That team is expected to return to Illinois on Nov. 16. Both deployments were in response to requests from New York through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).
IEMA, the Illinois National Guard and other Illinois public safety agencies are standing by, ready to provide assistance in response to further EMAC requests.