OR&R Disaster Preparedness Program Hosts Virtual Briefing for Gulf of Mexico Congressional Delegation
JUNE 8, 2020 — On May 28, the Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) hosted a virtual briefing for the Gulf of Mexico congressional delegations. The briefing was open to all interested staff from the Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas delegations, and relevant Senate and House Committees.
The DPP was represented by Scott Lundgren, Director of the Office of Response and Restoration; and Kate Wheelock, DPP Chief. The briefing provided an overview of the DPP’s roles and responsibilities throughout the emergency management cycle, highlighted the emergency response capabilities of the National Ocean Service (NOS), and discussed how the DPP is helping to prepare NOS program offices for this year’s hurricane season.
The briefing also provided an opportunity to highlight the capabilities of NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC) located in Mobile, Alabama. As a part of the DPP, the DRC serves as a safe and ready command center during major disaster responses in the Gulf of Mexico, and serves as a regional hub for exercises, trainings, workshops, and other preparedness activities.
For more information, please contact Charles.Grisafi@noaa.gov.