CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Several federal agencies are staging in the Queen City ahead of Hurricane Florence.
NBC Charlotte has learned the team includes agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and U.S. Marshals from around the country.
Officials said the federal agents stayed at local hotels after arriving in Charlotte and will plan a staging area on Thursday.
An ATF spokesman told NBC Charlotte the federal agents will help stabilize daily police operations, if needed, by assisting state and local law enforcement. They’ll have a rapid response team available for any potential criminal activity including looting and working alongside FEMA.
“You’re going to have a lot of local police and firefighters working to save people’s lives and that’s tiring work, so that’s why the federal government could provide additional assistance,” said John Mills, a FEMA spokesman.
On Wednesday, the president Trump promised to provide all federal resources needed.
“FEMA and first responders, they’re out there, they will stand through the danger of this storm,” Mr. Trump said.
“Even though the exact track is somewhat uncertain, Charlotte is right in the middle of an area that could have serious impacts from Hurricane Florence,” Mills told NBC Charlotte.
The ATF spokesman said they don’t have exact numbers on how many federal agents are in Charlotte, but they’ll be staying as long as there’s a need.