Task forces from many states are being deployed to select parts of Texas to assist with the relief effort needed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
— FDNY (@FDNY) August 27, 2017
Here is a statement from the New York City Fire Department’s Facebook page about its joint task force with the New York Police Department:
“The New York Task Force-1 team is a compilation of FDNY and NYPD members, all from Special Operations. We’re being deployed from New York City to Texas to help in rescue and recovery. We are set to stage in San Antonio and we’re going to await orders depending on the severity of the damage. We are set up for all types of rescues, including swiftwater rescues. We have a compilation of tools that include boats, motors, dry suits, rescue equipment for collapsed structures, rope equipment for confined spaces, and a large compilation of Haz-Mat equipment and tools. We’re also supplied with a large, self-sufficient cache of food and supplies that make us sustainable for up to 72 hours in a row. I believe we’re ready to face any danger,” says FDNY Battalion Chief Jack Flatley, Task Force Leader of New York City’s elite Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) NY Task Force-1, which was deployed in the early hours of Sunday, August 27, to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The team is comprised of FDNY and NYPD members trained to respond to catastrophic events, and it has been activated in the past to assist with emergency response throughout the world, including Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In 2016, the team rescued/removed over 100 people affected by Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. FDNY Rescue Paramedic Silvana Uzcategui says, “We are trained to save lives before patients are extricated from natural or man-made disasters. Our role in Texas is to provide medical care, to take care of civilians and the task force members. We’re in the disaster zone. We’re expecting torrential rains, winds, floods, and chaotic conditions. We’re ready for it.”
New York’s resources are far from the only state’s to be deployed in Texas. There are reports of task forces joining the effort from many states, including Ohio.
— Gabrielle Enright (@GEnrightWHIO) August 27, 2017
Virginia Task Force 1 to deploy for Hurricane Harvey recovery, includes Fairfax Co. teamhttps://t.co/NPTB6HgSIq
— ABC 13 News – WSET (@ABC13News) August 27, 2017
— Indiana Task Force 1 (@IN_Task_Force_1) August 25, 2017
— The Press Office (@GovernorsOffice) August 27, 2017
— Jim Cross (@Crossfire923) August 27, 2017
— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) August 27, 2017
— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) August 27, 2017
— Daniel Kahn (@WeKahnChange) August 27, 2017
A Maryland water rescue crew has been activated by FEMA and awaiting word on when they will be sent to Texas. https://t.co/GO0F0HNYel
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) August 27, 2017
Hurricane Harvey 2017: Tennessee Task Force 1 deployed for Hurricane Harvey https://t.co/qNmf7LYGxA
— Mitzi (@emilie_anne) August 27, 2017
— Brian Kelly (@Brpkelly) August 27, 2017
— Erik Scott (@PIOErikScott) August 27, 2017
— necn (@NECN) August 25, 2017
Nebraska task force of doctors, engineers and first responders head to Texas to help victims of Hurricane Harvey https://t.co/NwlwJvmrkq
— Omaha World-Herald (@OWHnews) August 26, 2017
And many, many more task forces from all over the U.S. will continue to descend on the state of Texas over the coming weeks and months.