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Hurricane Matthew Shuts Down Two FLETC Training Centers Indefinitely

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, two Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, have canceled training indefinitely.

FLETC was well-prepared for the Category 2 strength winds, rains, and flooding at both of their training facilities, evacuating students and staff and closing down the locations well in advance, but the storm still wreaked havoc on the facilities.

Once Matthew passed, FLETC team members began recovery efforts, using FLETC Glynco as a “staging center for first responders in support of hurricane recovery efforts for all of southeastern Georgia and northeastern Florida. Georgia Power established a base camp for operation on site for over 900 workers.  Approximately 100 Georgia National and Air National Guardsmen and 35 American Red Cross workers were able to stay in the Glynco empty dormitories,” according to a press release from FLETC.

According to Director Connie Patrick, the FLETC Charleston training site should be able to start back training earlier than FLETC Glynco. 

The timeline for students returning to training at the FLETC Glynco site is complicated by the loss of several large dormitories that were flooded.  In addition, the damage from fallen trees, and water penetration into training venues and office buildings are still being accessed.

“Getting training back online is our priority, and we are putting every effort to get that done in a timely manner,” said Patrick.

Posted in General News

Tags: FLETC, natural disasters

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