Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), administered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), was activated by the Texas Department of Public Safety – Division of Emergency Management to conduct safe and effective search and rescue operations along the upper Texas coast impacted by Hurricane Lili.
Two 24-person teams comprising a modular sub-component of TX-TF1—the Flood Rescue Strike Team—began duty at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. One team is stationed in Houston and the other is stationed in Beaumont. The Flood Rescue Strike Team includes emergency responders from Austin, Bryan-College Station, Fort Worth and San Antonio.
Other state resources activated by Texas DPS-DEM include the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Forest Service, Texas Joint Air/Ground Coordination Team, Texas Department of Health, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
TX-TF1 established its modular sub-component Flood Rescue Strike Team in 2000. This summer’s South and Central Texas floods were the second time the Flood Rescue Strike Team was called upon to serve since its inception. Last summer, the team responded to Tropical Storm Allison in Houston. Many of the lessons learned during Tropical Storm Allison were incorporated into the past year’s hurricane planning efforts and provided the Strike Teams with new and improved equipment and strategies.