COLLEGE STATION — Search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 has been deployed by the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management in advance of Hurricane Emily’s landfall along the South Texas Gulf Coast.
The 28-member Type III water task force departed College Station at 7 a.m. Tuesday (July 19) en route to the South Texas area, where they will stage in advance of Emily’s landfall. The water task force is equipped to respond to flooding and swiftwater rescue events, provide command and control support, and augment the communications capabilities of local emergency responders. Emily is expected to produce significant rainfall in South Texas and heavy flooding is predicted.
Texas Task Force 1 has also dispatched personnel to the State Operations Center in Austin and the McAllen-area Disaster District Committee. The team has additional personnel and equipment on standby should they be needed in response to Emily.
Texas Task Force 1 recently returned from a three-day deployment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in advance of Hurricane Dennis. The damage reports from Dennis were not as severe as originally predicted, and local authorities did not request assistance from Texas Task Force 1 or the two other FEMA search and rescue teams stationed along the Gulf Coast.
The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) serves as the sponsoring agency for Texas Task Force 1, which is as the state’s urban search and rescue team under the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management and is one of 28 teams in the national urban search and rescue system under FEMA. Texas Task Force 1 consists of more than 200 members from 60 organizations across Texas.
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond.