Transcript for Rear Adm. Peter Brown on Coast Guard response to Hurricane Irma
??? That is the scene in Miami, Florida, right now. The palm trees whipping. 100-mile-an-hour winds. More than 1 million without power in Florida right now. As Irma continues to move up the coast. Want to talk to rear admiral Peter brown. A commander with the U.S. Coast guard. Thank you for joining us. You're in Orlando. You're staging a response for the entire region. That's correct, George. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to explain how the entire coast guard, not just my command, the seventh district is preparing if for storm. Over the past few days, we have relocated our people and assets out of Miami. Out of the storm's path. And the tampa-st. Pete area. We repositioned the assets outside of the storm's path. In places in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and north Carolina. Helicopters, boats, coast guard cutters. And people. From across the country. Who are ready to respond to our top priority, savoring lives and reopening the ports of south Florida. Right now, you're prepared to deployregion. You have already worked in Puerto Rico and south. That's right. My district is also responsible for coast guard operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Those response operations have been going on for several days now. We have been able to reopen the ports in San Juan and others. Working diligently to get the ports in St. Thomas and St. John to open again. We have allowed ferry traffic to resume. In some ways, you're stretch S Ed to thin. What a challenge to respond to Harvey and now Irma? Many of the same assets are repositioned to respond to you are -- Irma. We'll take the lessons learned from the recent experience with hurricane Harvey and apply it to hurricane Irma. Do you have a sense of when you can start the rescue, recovery effort in key west and later Miami? That is a particular challenge for this storm. The size, the intensity, the track of hurricane Irma threaten the entire state of Florida. So, our assets are primarily positioned out of the state. We'll have to drive them, fly them, the whole length of the state of Florida. The response won't be as fa as we would like. It remains my top priority. We need to get back to our operational bases. Miami, Clearwater, our cutter home ports of Miami, key west, and St. Petersburg. Do you have everything you need? Uh, all of the operational sets of the coast guard are positioned to respond to this. And in addition, all of the support aspects of the coast guard, extra people, and extra logistical support have been made available and our coordination across the agency, with FEMA and the state of Florida have been outstanding. We'll be ready. Admiral brown. Thank you for your time this
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