JANUARY 19, 2018 — On January 18, Acting Disaster Preparedness Program Chief Kate Wheelock and Office of Response and Restoration Policy Analyst Robin Garcia attended the NOAA Congressional Staff Briefing on the 2017 Hurricane Season.
Acting NOAA Administrator RDML Tim Gallaudet provided an overview of the services that NOAA programs provided in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. A panel of NOAA staff and external partners provided in depth information on NOAA services. Rear Admiral Peter W. Gautier, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs for the US Coast Guard, highlighted services provided by the Office of Response and Restoration, including Scientific Support Coordinators and the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA).
The briefing provided an opportunity for interested congressional staff to learn more about NOAA services during natural incidents and for Office of Response and Restoration to interact with NOAA and partner leadership.