USAF’s Wilma Cadre

The Air Force’s emergency experts deployed to Tyndall AFB, Fla., to help coordinate Air Force response to Hurricane Wilma. Known as Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers, the cadre of experts provides command and control capabilities for any Air Force relief efforts in the days ahead. The EPLOs provide Air Force support—airmen, equipment, and supplies—to FEMA and state and local officials. During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the service deployed 67 EPLOs to 18 local state and federal agencies.