NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York is sending its trained emergency workers to help the countless people in the path of Hurricane Dorian.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has activated New York Task Force 1 to help with search and rescue efforts in Florida.
Activation Orders have been issued for 16 FEMA US&R Tasks Forces to deploy for staging throughout Florida. Type I: MD-1, IN-1, NJ-1, OH-1, PA-1, TN-1, VA-1, VA-2. Type III: MA-1, MO-1, NY-1, TX-1. MRP-Water: AZ-1, CO-1, NE-1, NV-1.
— NATIONAL US&R SYSTEM (@NAT_USAR_NEWS) August 30, 2019
“New York Task Force 1 specializes in urban search and rescue, disaster recovery, and emergency triage and medicine,” New York City’s Office of Emergency Management said in a statement Friday.
FEMA deployed 41 members and two search dogs from their OEM facility in Brooklyn Friday night.
New York Task Force 1 has previously been mobilized to help with disaster recovery for Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, and other recent Gulf Coast storms.
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