PA Incident Management Team headed to Maryland to help with flood response
At the direction of Governor Tom Wolf, members of the Pennsylvania Incident Management Team (IMT) will deploy to Maryland today to support that state in efforts to respond and recover from devastating flooding in Howard County. Emergency crews there rescued more than 100 people during the height of the storm.
“Our staff is experienced in providing this type of help, and we are happy to provide whatever assistance we can give to help our colleagues in Maryland as they deal with this incident,” said Richard D. Flinn Jr., director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
The IMT is tasked with providing logistical support to Howard County, and is staffed by personnel from PEMA, the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, Department of Corrections, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and other personnel. The deployment is expected to last one week.
The request for assistance was made via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a formal agreement that allows states to share resources, such as personnel or equipment, during disasters. All costs associated with the deployment are paid by the requesting state.