U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees are making last-minute preparations for a potential response required to answer the threat Hurricane Ida poses to the greater New Orleans area. CBP’s Air and Marine Operations, Border Patrol, and Office of Field Operations teams are strategically pre-positioning manpower and resources as the area braces for Ida on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in 2005.
Border Patrol Chief Brian Hastings of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will serve as CBP’s Lead Field Coordinator for FEMA’s Region 6 area and coordinate the agency’s response efforts, according to a CBP spokesperson. Thus far, CBP has prepositioned supplies, Air and Marine Operations assets, and personnel at locations in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana.
The agency is prepared