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State Employees to Deploy to Florida for Irma Recovery

Wednesday September 20, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Three State of Utah employees are headed to Florida to help with a human and animal services mission there in response to Hurricane Irma. They will be available to the media for an hour for one-on-one interviews to discuss what their mission and expertise and how they have prepared to deploy to help a state battered by Hurricane Irma.

Who: Tyson Walker and Brian Nelson, Utah Department of Human Services
Thayne Mickelson, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
Where: Common area, Multiagency State Office Building, 195 N. 1950 West, Salt Lake City
When: Thursday, Sept. 21 from 9-10 a.m.

The State of Utah is proud to be able to assist a state in need. This support is being sent as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, or EMAC, a system of state-to-state mutual aid to which all states and four territories belong. In Utah, the Division of Emergency Management coordinates EMAC requests.

EMAC operates with the home state covering deployed employees’ salaries with a later reimbursement from the requesting state.
Walker, Nelson and Mickelson are scheduled to depart Sept. 24 and to return to Utah Oct. 10.


Joe Dougherty is the public information officer for the
Division of Emergency Management

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MEDIA CONTACT

Hillary Koellner
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Public Safety
hmkoellner@utah.gov

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