The NJ-AHIMT is safe at home after serving 18 days in Puerto Rico

The New Jersey All-Hazards Incident Management Team (NJ-AHIMT) was deployed to Puerto Rico under the FEMA Supplemental Response Team (SRT) program to assist with response efforts for Hurricane Fiona. This was the first time FEMA deployed a Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Team as part of its SRT program. The NJ-AHIMT supported FEMA operations in Branch II located in Vega Baja which consisted of 3 Divisions, including some of the island’s hardest hit areas. One of these areas was the now famous Bridge PR-123, a temporary structure over the Guaonica River in Utuado, destroyed the same day Hurricane Fiona made landfall and whose images made international news.

The team was able to integrate effectively and efficiently into the existing Branch structure and lend immediate support. Activities included gathering situational awareness for Branch leadership, facilitating outreach missions, supporting shelter operations, conducting critical infrastructure site inspections and managing the opening of multiple Disaster Recovery Centers.

The NJ-AHIMT includes members of various local, county, and state agencies; Nongovernmental Organizations (NGO); and private sector organizations. This deployment included members from New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey Division of Fire Service, New Jersey Department of Human Services, New Jersey Department of Transportation, and Somerset County Office of Emergency Management.

We would like to thank our partners at FEMA and the people of Puerto Rico. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by Hurricane Fiona.

To learn more about the NJ-AHIMT visit http://www.nj-ahimt.org

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
New Jersey State Police
New Jersey Department of Transportation
NJ Department of Human Services
New Jersey Department of Corrections
New Jersey Forest Fire Service
Somerset County, NJ
All Hazards Incident Management Teams Association

Courtesy NJOEM