How Senior Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s step in when emergencies strike

Reporter: Rich Kolko
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Aerial view of Hurricane Dorian. Photo via CBS News

When a storm threatens Florida, no matter where it hits, you’ll see first responders from all over the state head to the disaster area.

WINK News Safety and Security Specialist Rich Kolko helped coordinate law enforcement response in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The FBI responded after New Orleans Police Department virtually shutdown. They coordinated law enforcement response, patrol on the street.

There have been huge improvements in the coordination after a disaster strikes, since Katrina.

An SFLEO is a Senior Federal Law Enforcement Officer who is appointed to coordinate all federal activity, bringing resources from anywhere.

The structure is already there, these scenarios are exercised regularly, usually at what is called the tabletop level.

This is when decision makers notionally go through a simulated event. They are mixed in with what are called, full scale exercises where the moving parts are tested.

Before, during, and after Dorian, you will we see an extra presence in Florida. A sign of action and coordination to keep you safe.


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