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

NOVEMBER 9, 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.

Satellite image of hurricane.
NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) satellite image showing Hurricane Zeta moving through the Gulf Coast. Image credit: NOAA.

OR&R’s Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) supported National Ocean Service preparedness and response operations for Hurricane Zeta 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 Zeta’s area of impact throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, as well as the closure, impacts, and reopening of facilities. The DPP also helped coordinate 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 Friday, November 13, 2020 4:11pm PST