Health Employees Respond to Hurricane Recovery Efforts
Posted at 1:30 p.m.
nvironmental health specialists from Fairfax County are among those being deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist with the long-term recovery efforts from hurricanes Irma and Maria. The group includes five environmental health specialists, including one who is also a registered nurse. They will assist with identifying, monitoring, assessing and mitigating environmental health hazards.
Virginia will send two Environmental Health strike teams this weekend. They are expected to depart for the islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix on Feb. 11 and return on Feb. 27.
Fairfax County Team Members
St. Thomas/St. John District Team
- John Yetman, environmental health supervisor
- Lois Maisel, environmental health specialist
- Ebonie Miller, environmental health specialist
St. Croix District Team
- Isaac Robertson, environmental health specialist
- Ron Campbell, environmental health specialist
“We are excited and honored to be able to provide assistance to areas affected by those devastating storms,” said Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Fairfax Health Director. “I want to thank the members of our team for their compassionate service. I know they will provide to the residents and visitors of the U.S. Virgin Islands the same professionalism and high quality service to which the citizens of the Fairfax have come to expect.”
The teams, deployed through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), also include specialists from Virginia Department of Health and Henrico, Roanoke, Three Rivers and Alexandria health districts.
The deployment is in response to an EMAC request — an all-hazards mutual aid agreement between all U.S. states and territories to provide response and recovery resources and support to each other during emergencies or disasters — from the Virgin Islands. Once the mission has been completed and the resources return, the expenses for this deployment will be reimbursed to the county by the Commonwealth of Virginia (through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management), which will seek its reimbursement from the U.S. Virgin Islands.