COLUMBUS, Ohio — Members of Ohio Task Force 1 are responding to southwest Florida to assist in recovery efforts after Hurricane Ian tore through the state earlier this week, according to a news release from FEMA.
The activation of OH-TF1 sent 82 members who are specialized in search and rescue missions “as well as HazMat, medical, logistics, safety, communications and planning.”
In addition to the members, 50 tons of supplies, including communications, shelters, food, water and fuel were sent to Florida.
“We have all watched as Hurricane Ian has cut a path of destruction across Florida, and hearts go out to those impacted by the storm,” Governor Mike DeWine said. “Ohio stands ready and prepared to assist in any way we can.”
The Butler County Incident Management Team has also been activated to support Florida by coordinating the state-to-state resources requests list.
“We have highly skilled response personnel and resources available to help the hurricane and flood-ravaged states respond, recover and rebuild from the storms,” said Sima Merick, the Executive Director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
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