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EPA Supports Hurricane Preparedness and Response in Wake of Hurricane Harvey


By Ryan Berlin Emergency Preparedness

The Environmental Protection Agency has an organized emergency response program and is positioned to support the FEMA in response to Hurricane Harvey.

EPA headquarters emergency operations center is monitoring the storm closely and making preparations to activate in order to support states and regions affected by the storm.

“I am in regular contact with EPA Region 6 and want to commend them for their leadership and preparation,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA is closely coordinating with state and regional partners, and we have teams standing by to support FEMA. EPA is ready to respond to anything that may occur due to Hurricane Harvey.”

EPA’s Region 6 office in Dallas is taking action to ensure that Superfund sites are secured in advance of the storm, to assist approximately 300 public drinking water system rapid assessments, and to seamlessly integrate emergency response activities with Texas, Louisiana, and other federal response agencies.

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This Quick Read was submitted by Ryan Berlin, managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions, ryan.berlin@tradepressmedia.com. Read more about disaster response and five steps to emergency preparedness.

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