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Hurricane Delta: OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program Serves as Incident Coordinator for the NOAA National Ocean Service

OCTOBER 13, 2020 — NOAA’s National Ocean Service brings a wealth of coastal science, management, and operational expertise to help communities respond to and recover from hurricanes. OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) supported National Ocean Service preparedness and response operations for Hurricane Delta for the duration of the event.

As the incident coordinators, DPP staff are responsible for coordinating across National Ocean Service program offices when multiple offices are impacted by an event. The DPP gathered information on mission readiness, logistical needs, and impacts to personnel and infrastructure before, during, and after the storm. 

DPP coordinated information on the tracking and safety of all National Ocean Service personnel in Hurricane Delta’s area of impact, as well as the closure, impacts, and reopening of numerous sanctuaries, estuarine research reserves, facilities, and laboratories. The DPP also coordinated the operational mission support provided by multiple National Ocean Service program offices, ensured all safety protocols were being implemented, and provided use of NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center for mission critical activities. 

Effective coordination ensures the National Ocean Service is in the best possible response posture to conduct our missions so commerce, communities, and natural resources can recover as quickly as possible. 

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Last updated Monday, October 19, 2020 9:42am PDT