State police being deployed

Michigan State Police staff members are being deployed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional response-coordination center in Philadelphia to provide support as a liaison between state and federal agencies related to the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence.

The deployment is occurring as a result of a request made for out-of-state support through the National Emergency Management Agency.

The MSP personnel will gather and share resource request information with participating state and federal partners such as FEMA, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Communications and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Since 2002, Michigan has sent resources out-of-state several times, including response efforts for Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in 2005, severe flooding in Minnesota in 2009, Hurricane Irene in New York in 2011, Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey in 2012, Hurricane Irma in Florida in 2017 and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year.

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