CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – The Hampton Roads incident management team is traveling to Kentucky to help deal with the aftermath of the deadly tornadoes that have struck this month.
The Chesapeake-based team brings in a firefighter from the Newport News Fire Department as the Planning Section Specialist / Intern, and a Disaster Assistance Specialist from the Chesapeake Fire Department as a as head of logistics section.
The members left the Chesapeake Public Safety Operations Center at 8 a.m. Thursday.
“We’re going to help people, we Americans put aside our differences when things like this happen and that’s what we come down to.” We just come down to help and we will help the locals with whatever they need, âsaid Skip Hibner, HRIMT program manager.
HRIMT is part of a mixed eight-member Incident Management (IMT) team from Virginia. The eight members are from:
- Hampton Roads Incident Management Team Based in Chesapeake
- National Capital Incident Management Team based in Fairfax County
- Central Virginia Incident Management Team based in Chesterfield County
- Virginia Department of Emergency Management
The team will first be dispatched to the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort. From there, they can be dispatched to Graves County, Hopkins County, Marshall County, or be held at the state’s emergency operations center as needed.
HRIMT will provide logistics, communication and IT equipment in addition to staff.
Hibner said the Virginia team will relieve a New York team that is already in Kentucky.
âThis will provide the mixed VA team with cellular and satellite communications, computers, printers, large plotters / printers, office facilities, etc.â The joint team will have the technical capacity to set up a fully functional emergency operations center or forward operating base as needed without any external communication or IT support, âHRIMT said in a press release on Wednesday. .
The Virginia team will return to Virginia in about two weeks.