The FEMA Hurricane Liaison Team: Bridging the Communication Gap (because Great Minds Don't Always Think Alike)
The HLT is composed of Federal, State and local emergency managers, NWS meteorologists and hydrologists. HLT members are experienced professionals who are trained to operate in the NHC during a hurricane threat. As a national team, HLT members are activated directly by FEMA Headquarters. The NOAA/NWS supports the HLT through the use of NHC meteorologists, NWS Forecast Office meteorologists and hydrologists.
The HLT maintains open lines of communication among the NHC and appropriate Federal, State and local officials about the progress and threat level of the storm. The team establishes and facilitates video and/or teleconferences with the NHC, FEMA and other Federal agencies, State Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs), the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC), Storm Prediction Center (SPC), River Forecast Centers (RFCs).