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The European Commission's 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in regular contact with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding Hurricane Florence, and on EU support that could help the US authorities. At this stage, the EU's emergency Copernicus Emergency Management Service has been activated at the request of FEMA and will provide maps for the US East Coast, namely South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: "Our EU emergency satellite mapping service has been activated to help our American friends as they prepare to face Hurricane Florence. We stand ready to help further. European solidarity knows no borders." Photos of the Emergency Centre are available, as well as a video of the EU's Copernicus programme and a factsheet on the EU's emergency centre.