NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City Mayor Bryan Bequette is among 40,000 federal workers mobilized for disaster recovery in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Bequette, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army, is currently a supervisor with US Citizenship and Immigration Service in Lincoln. He is reported to be driving a supply truck.
City Administrator Grayson Path said the mayor volunteered to support FEMA’s 2,650 employees.
Path: “It’s not required — it’s not a mandatory part, so he could’ve said no, but after, obviously with his background, he saw the need down there, and said I’ve got to do this. So he agreed to go down there and help serve.”
He is committed until Oct. 24, and could be asked to sign back on for 45 more days at that point.
Path said Finance Commissioner Gloria Glover is vice president of the council and has been filling in at meetings.
Path: “We have a good team here. People know their job and they keep things moving forward. I’m sure he could be very proud of us and we are proud of the work he is doing too. We’re clicking along just well and looking forward to having him back.”
Hurricane Harvey became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in 12 years when it rocked Texas and Louisiana. Irma, a category 5 storm devastated much of the Caribbean and caused more than 80 deaths in Florida.
In September, Hurricane Maria brought major devastation to U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Forecasters say a storm now brewing could develop into Hurricane Nate by the weekend.