COLLEGE STATION — Search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 received its demobilization orders related to Hurricane Emily from the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management late Wednesday, July 20. The damage reports in South Texas were not as severe as originally predicted, and local authorities did not request assistance from Texas Task Force 1.
The 28-member Type III water task force was equipped to respond to flooding and swiftwater rescue events, provide command and control support, and augment the communications capabilities of local emergency responders. Texas Task Force 1 had also dispatched personnel to the State Operations Center in Austin and the McAllen-area Disaster District Committee.
The Hurricane Emily response marks Texas Task Force 1’s second deployment in the already busy hurricane season. The team recently returned from a three-day deployment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in advance of Hurricane Dennis.
The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is the sponsoring agency for Texas Task Force 1, which serves 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.