Provide an overview of the natural or human-made disaster that occurred in your geographic region. Describe the emergency management steps that were taken. Interagency Communication Case Study

Provide an overview of natural or man-made disasters occurring in your geographic area.

On 12 August 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck off the coast of Africa as a easterly wave. As the waves formed, convection gradually strengthened and circled the trough over the next few days. Harvey was upgraded to a tropical depression on August 17 due to warm waters in the western Gulf of Mexico. Harvey rapidly developed from a tropical depression to a Category 4 hurricane in less than 48 hours (Van Oldenborgh et al., 2017). In addition to the landing, Harvey had some serious impact. In northern Victoria, Harvey slowed down and wandered around. On August 26, Harris County was hit by heavy rain. As a result, Harris County experienced widespread flash flooding due to heavy rainfall. High rainfall rates have clogged drainage systems, leading to more flooding and higher river levels. On 30 August, after leaving the coast, Harvey made landfall west of Cameron for the third time, bringing more heavy rain to the northern Gulf states (Amadeo, 2018). Harvey’s devastation killed several people and left many homeless. In addition, many properties were destroyed.

Describe the emergency management measures taken.

Over 2,000 Coast Guard personnel and over 13,000 dogs and cats are on site. In addition, they also sent 50 aircraft, 75 ships and 29 speedboats to participate in the rescue. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) dispatched urban search and rescue teams to help state and local authorities save lives. Small boats and flood boats were used to…

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