Gov. Abbott deploys Texas resources to assist Florida with Hurricane Dorian

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AUSTIN, Texas — Governor Greg Abbott has deployed assistance to Florida in response to Hurricane Dorian, a powerful storm that is forecasted to make impact with Florida in the coming days.

Texas has sent Texas Task Force 1‘s Type III task force – which consists of 45 personnel and specialized equipment including flood and swift water rescue boats – under the request and support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to the governor’s office.

Texas Task Force 1 is also prepared to respond to a request for an additional six flood swift water rescue and evacuation boat squads to work directly with Florida. The contingent 50 water rescue professionals from multiple Texas cities will use 12 rescue boats and technical gear to assist in rescue efforts, the governor’s office said.

TX resources to Florida

Office of the Governor

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TX resources to Florida

TX resources to Florida

Office of the Governor

“Texas offers its full support to the state of Florida, and we remain at the ready to offer additional assistance as needed,” Gov. Abbott said. “I am grateful to our first responders who have stepped up to assist Floridians in their time of need, and I ask that all Texans pray for all those in the path of this storm.”

According to the governor’s office, Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) game wardens are also prepared to respond with Texas Task Force 1 as part of those six flood swift water rescue boat squad search and rescue teams.

In addition to state resources, 27 Austin Energy crews are set to make the 1,000-mile trip to Florida to help with restoration efforts. 

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