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FEMA continues to prep response as Hurricane Ian expected to bring severe weather across southeast

More than 160 people, representing 30 federal agencies, are working inside the Regional Response Coordination Center at FEMA Region 4 headquarters in Atlanta.

ATLANTA — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 4 has more than 160 people, representing 30 federal agencies, operating out of its Regional Response Coordination Center in Atlanta.

Region 4 covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. FEMA officials said more than a quarter of all disasters in the U.S. happen in this region. 

Teams are scattered across the southeast monitoring, preparing and responding as Hurricane Ian takes aim at Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. 

FEMA said they have 4.5 million liters of water and four million meals on standby in Alabama and Florida.

The agency has eight distribution centers across the country that they can pull supplies from if needed over the next several days. 

As Hurricane Ian intensifies its track and strength will determine the response needed by FEMA and its federal partners. Region 4 has more coastline than any other region and this storm could wreak havoc on the coasts of Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. 

While there's still uncertainty with the storm's track as of Tuesday night, FEMA is urging everyone to visit ready.gov and make a plan form. You can fill out a form to create a Family Emergency Communication Plan, which you can email as a PDF file once you finish it. 

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