U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has launched into action to protect Americans and maintain order as Hurricane Florence’s deadly force pummels the nation’s East Coast.
CBP’s Baltimore Field Office has activated its Region III emergency operations center and has called on CBP Ports of Entry to take preemptive action to protect employees, safeguard assets, and pre-deploy resources to support response efforts. Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia comprise CBP’s Region III.
CBP’s highest hurricane priorities are to promote:
- Life-saving and life-sustaining activities,
- The safe evacuation of people leaving the impacted area,
- The maintenance of public order,
- The prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible, and
- The speedy recovery of the region.
CBP's hurricane-response activities include:
- Aerial damage assessment,
- Urban search and rescue,
- Deployment of human-detection dogs,
- Shelter and distribution center security, and
- Helicopter and vehicle relief supplies distribution.
CBP employees in the Norfolk, Virginia area are complying with the governor’s mandatory evacuation order from low-lying coastal areas and are relocating family to safe havens before returning to duty, CBP announced in a statement detailing its hurricane efforts. CBP will staff travel and trade facilitation operations at regional airports and seaports until flights and cargo operations cease.