Natural Disasters, USAR, Water & Ice Rescue

New York Task Force 1 Deploys to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Issue 2 and Volume 171.

By Jack Flatley   With Hurricane Harvey approaching the continental United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) predeployed six urban search and rescue (US&R) teams to Texas. Harvey immediately impacted Houston and the surrounding areas with heavy rains and flooding. FEMA then activated the remaining teams to assist. Some teams were deployed as a National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type III or a Mission Ready Package (MRP); others were deployed as Type I teams with 80 members. New York Task Force 11 (NY-TF1) was deployed as a Type 1 (photo 2). (1) Villagers collect on bridge remnants to receive needed supplies in Utuado, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Andrea Booher/FEMA.) NY-TF1 received its activation order on August 26 at 9 p.m. and began to mobilize its members. The team members assembled at their warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, under the direction of Task Force Leader (TFL) Mike McGuinness, of the…

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