CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Roads Incident Management Team is headed to Kentucky to assist with the aftermath of deadly tornadoes that struck this month.
The Chesapeake-based team is bringing a firefighter from the Newport News Fire Department as a planning section specialist/trainee, and one disaster assistance specialist from the Chesapeake Fire Department as a logistics section chief.
The members left the Chesapeake Public Safety Operations Center at 8 a.m. Thursday.
“We’re going to help people, we as americans put aside our differences when things like this happens and that’s what we’re going down for. We’re just going down to help and we’ll help the locals in whatever they nee,” said Skip Hibner, HRIMT program manager.
The HRIMT is part of an eight-member blended Incident Management Team (IMT) from Virginia. The eight members are from:
- Hampton Roads Incident Management Team based out of Chesapeake
- National Capital Incident Management Team based out of Fairfax County
- Central Virginia Incident Management Team based out of Chesterfield County
- Virginia Department of Emergency Management
The team will be sent first to the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort. From there, they may be sent to Graves County, Hopkins County, Marshall County, or be held at the State Emergency Operations Center depending on where the need is.
HRIMT will be providing logistical, communications, and IT equipment in addition to personnel.
Hibner said the Virginia team will relieve a team from New York that’s already in Kentucky.
“This will provide the blended VA team with cellular and satellite communications, computers, printers, large plotter/printers, office facilities, etc. The Blended team will have the technical ability to set up a fully functioning emergency operations center or forward operations base as needed without any outside communications or IT support,” the HRIMT said in a news release Wednesday.
The Virginia team will return to Virginia in about two weeks.