EPA Hurricane Irma Update – Oct. 17, 1:10 p.m. EST
ALWAYS CALL 911 if you are in immediate danger and need emergency help.
For information about Irma recovery in Puerto Rico, please contact:
• Puerto Rico Emergency Management and Disaster Administration Agency (AEMEAD): 787-724-0124
For information about Irma recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands, please contact:
• Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA): 340-774-2244
To report suspected spills, contamination or possible violations:
• To report oil, chemical, or hazardous substance releases or spills, call the National Response Center 1-800-424-8802 (24 hours a day every day). For those without 800 access, please call 202-267-2675.
• Report a suspected environmental violation on EPA's reporting page.
For general questions about EPA’s response in Region 4, please call 1-800-241-1754 during regular business hours.
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EPA continues to coordinate closely with local, state, tribal, and federal partners in response to Hurricane Irma. Emergency response staff, including On-Scene Coordinators, are working on regional assessment and response deployment activities, including assessing drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, facility assessment, and managing debris and household hazardous waste.
EPA personnel have integrated into unified operations with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and continue to conduct land-based assessments in the inland zone of Monroe County. To date, the EPA Container Recovery Group has collected 295 items, including drums, oil containers and propane tanks. The collected items are being temporarily stored at the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport prior to recycling or disposal.
At the request of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, EPA and USCG field teams continued vessel recovery operations in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon Key. EPA’s subcontracted on-water barge and crane is operational and began removing vessels on October 13. EPA has recovered 23 vessels in the Marathon Key area and transported them to staging areas.
The EPA and United States Coast Guard (USCG) continued vessel recovery operations at Boot Key Harbor in Marathon Key. EPA contractors continue work at the Marathon City Marina vessel staging area. The Emergency and Rapid Response Service (ERRS) subcontracted on-water barge and crane is operational and began removing vessels on October 13. Currently, EPA vessel recovery operations are limited to Sector Key West. Vessel operations in other Sectors are USCG-lead. To date, the EPA has recovered 23 vessels in the Marathon Key area and transported them to Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) staging areas.
Landfill Technical Specialists continue assistance with debris management in the Keys and have performed 107 site visits, to date.
EPA On Scene Coordinators, scientists, technical assistance professionals and other first responders have deployed and will continue to deploy to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assess conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. EPA’s hurricane response operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be documented at www.epa.gov/hurricane-maria.
EPA has developed a number of fact sheets in English and Spanish that provide helpful information about EPA’s role in hurricane response. In addition, the EPA has important information about how to safely begin recovery from a hurricane. EPA has informational pamphlets in English and Spanish about cleaning up after a flood. For general advice and tips and information about preparedness and recovery, visit FEMA’s Irma web page.