Thomasville, Georgia-- While tourists are on their way out of the Sunshine State because Hurricane Wilma is approaching, tons of relief supplies from FEMA are on their way in.
FEMA's regional office in Thomasville has shifted most of its operations to Atlanta. About 300 truckloads of ice, water, and food, are expected to arrive in Florida by Friday afternoon.
Officials at FEMA's Mobile Emergency Support branch in Thomasville say some of their rapid needs assessment teams are already setting up. "We're moving all of the equipment into the Orlando and Lakeland area, have it readily available for immediate response after the storm makes landfall," says MERS official, Sam Silvers.
Several FEMA urban search and rescue teams are also expected to arrive in Florida on Friday. There are about 56 members on each team. They'll be accompanied by cellular and satellite trucks.