2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch

IL-IMT team members that deployed to Olive Branch. We were stationed at the Horseshoe Fire Department.
Governor Rauner and Director Joseph talking to the media in Olive Branch.
Governor Rauner thanking Illinois IMT and others in the Command Post for their deployment.
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
Incident Action Plan (IAP) Objectives
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
IESMA, IEMA and ISP Command Vehicles available to Unified Area Command.
MABAS tent city lodging for teams deployed.
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
IL-IMT member Jerry Schneider in the ISP Command Vehicle.
Our fellow Mobile Support Team EMAT and their crew working the EMAT trailer.
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
Some of us took a break and went to Cape Girardeau, MO. If you look carefully you can see prior flood high marks labeled on the wall.
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
2015 - December, Deployment, Flooding, Olive Branch
Levee break

During the last week of 2015, the Midwest, including the State of Illinois, received dramatic amounts of rain. This resulted in fast and unusual winter flooding in many parts of the state with the severest hit in southern Illinois. IL-IMT was put on standby that week and on January 1, 2016, IEMA assigned the team to report to the Command Post in Olive Branch. Team members deployed at all hours of the very early morning from all over the state.  We reported to the MABAS Reception Center that was stationed in front of the Anna Fire Department. Once credentialed, we traveled an additional 27 miles to the Horseshoe Fire Department which hosted the IEMA, EMAT and ISP Command vehicles. The day room of the fire station became our operational center and the Unified Area Command Post for Olive Branch. IL-IMT worked diligently through all the operational periods and had staff at the CP 24/7. Those not on night shift (18:30-06:00) returned to Anna and stayed in the tent city setup in the community park where MABAS had setup three Western Shelters. In addition, MABAS had the local Decon Unit available for hot showers.  IL-IMT was released at noon on January 5th.

The interagency and MSTs worked great together and we hope our combined efforts were able to alleviate some of the stress and pain felt by the community. Our Horseshoe FD hosts were fantastic. We wish them and the residents of Olive Branch the best of luck during their recovery efforts.