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Base camp being built at Tallahassee's airport to house hurricane recovery workers

Posted at 4:58 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2019-10-02 09:48:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum announced on Monday that a section of the city's airport would be turned into a tent camp for first responders and utility workers helping with the recovery from Hurricane Michael.  

There was not a lot to see from where we were on Thursday. We were just off Springhill Road, and a lot of vehicles came and turned right onto a private road leading to the camp. 

Multiple groups were there, including the National Guard, state workers, and FEMA.

The airport director says they're in different parts of the property. A FEMA representative told us over the phone that one of those areas is a hangar where up to 500 people will stay, including FEMA staff and other first responders. 

The state will run operations, assisted by FEMA logistics.

The governor's office said on Tuesday that the camp will include several large air-conditioned tents for long-term housing. 

We reached out to the state to learn more about the camp and how long it could stay open. As soon as we get more details, we’ll bring them to you. 

FEMA said it expects the hangar to be operational in the next day or so.

So far, more than 480 FEMA staff are on the ground here to respond to issues in Florida.