9/13/2007 12:00 AM
As Humberto continues to migrate to the north and east, members of Texas Task Force 1 are on their way back to College Station for out processing, before returning to their home jurisdictions this evening.
TX-TF1 responded Wednesday to a request by the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management to coordinate the state’s multi-agency search and rescue response.
It was a combined effort that included the Texas Forest Service, Texas Military Forces, General Land Office, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The response included ground forces and six swiftwater strike teams, as well as seven Texas Military Forces helicopters.
The deployment was the 16th of the year for TX-TF1 - the most since its inception in 1997.
Task Force leadership continues to monitor Humberto as some National Weather Service forecast models predict the storm returning to the Gulf of Mexico and reestablishing as a threat to the Texas coast.
“With hurricane season continuing through November, people should take seriously the powerful potential of these storms,” TX-TF 1 Director Bob McKee said. “Citizens should be alert and prepared because, as we saw this week, storms can build rapidly and without much warning.”
About Texas Task Force 1
Sponsored by the Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, Texas Task Force 1 is a state and federal urban search and rescue team comprised of more than 300 personnel representing more than 60 jurisdictions and agencies from across the state of Texas. Texas Task Force 1, which also coordinates statewide requests for swiftwater rescue, most recently deployed for Texas Hill Country flooding, Tropical Storm Erin and Hurricane Dean. In 2005, Texas Task Force 1 assisted with rescuing more than 13,000 New Orleans residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
About the Texas Engineering Extension Service
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized first responder training, homeland security exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. TEEX programs include fire services, homeland security, law enforcement, public works, safety and health, search and rescue, and economic solutions.