|Jeremy Utter at the National Response Coordination Center.|
|Colorado Emergency Management personnel ready to deploy to Florida.|
|The Colorado contingent on site in the Florida Keys.|
While deployed in the Florida Keys, the Team supported Monroe County and the Florida Keys with plans for Debris Management, Critical Infrastructure Restoration, Re-entry and Short-term Recovery.
|Nate Whittington on assignment.|
Nate's work was so appreciated that he received a commendation from Andy Swartzell, Deputy Commander for the California Disaster Medical Assistance Team #6, for the work Nate did to support the team's efforts to evacuate and care for patients in Puerto Rico under the worst of conditions. Mr. Swartzell wrote, “Nate, I doubt any of this would have occurred without your support and resourcefulness. I doubt many know what you did to help us, and the hospital, but you should be commended for your actions.”
Emergency responders' work doesn't end when the storm passes, however. As of Sept. 22, fourteen Colorado responders continued to be deployed in Florida. Meanwhile, DHSEM's Recovery team members have mobilized to assist with the long process of helping communities recover. Jaclyn Kurle and Robyn Knappe are serving with the State of Florida and assisting with the response and recovery from Hurricane Irma. Their first assignment was to staff recovery alliance meetings with 100 people, including 80 teenagers who are providing clean-up and muck-out assistance. The Colorado team is also working the national emergency grant that employs displaced workers after a disaster.
|Robyn Knappe and Jaclyn Kurle.|
Check out this real-time map of where Colorado emergency responders are deployed and providing assistance!