Missouri Task Force 1 deployed to help with Hurricane Harvey

10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Thursday, August 24 2017 Aug 24, 2017 Thursday, August 24, 2017 5:03:00 PM CDT August 24, 2017 in News
By: Amber Sipe, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency deployed Missouri Task Force 1 to go to Texas for Hurricane Harvey.

When asked if the team was available prior to the deployment, “the answer is always yes,”  Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp said.

Blomenkamp said there are very few reasons why Missouri Task Force 1 would not be able to deploy, one of them being if they were on a training mission and already gone. The equipment is always loaded and ready to go. 

Missouri Task Force 1 is stationed in Boone County at the Fire Protection District Headquarters.

The team had four hours to pack up and get on the road to Texas after deployment. The trip is about 1000 miles, which took the team about 20 hours, according to Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp.

Missouri Task Force 1 will be a team of 47 people and have over 100,000 pounds of equipment for Texas.

Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit the coast of Texas early Saturday morning as a Category 3 hurricane.

Missouri Task Force 1 is one of 28 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue teams. Two other teams could potentially be called to Texas, including Nebraska and Tennessee.

“Local agencies have to request for assistance through their state,” said Blomenkamp, “Once they have exhausted all of their resources, then they reach out to FEMA.” FEMA then sends out the three closest teams, not including the state in need’s team.

Missouri Task Force 1 is “a group of very specialized and trained individuals,” Blomenkamp said. The team is made up of doctors, firefighters, people who specialize in planning or communications and many more positions from all over Missouri.

Each position is “three deep” according to Blomenkamp. If one person cannot go, they are able to ask the next person in line. The team is put together after deployment, pulling specific people to match the event.

Once the team is activated, they pack up, order busses to transport the team, give medical screenings to everyone going and hit the road within that four hour time limit.

The most recent local emergency they went to was the floods in southern Missouri earlier this year. Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina in 2016 and was Missouri Task Force 1’s most recent national emergency.

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A man who was shot to death on Sunday after shooting three Kansas City police officers... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:33:33 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
MANSFIELD (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a trooper who was shot in southwest Missouri has been released... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:28:02 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The white former interim police chief of St. Louis is alleging discrimination based on race in... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:20:28 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Japanese beetles are swarming mid-Missouri in the tens of thousands, wreaking havoc on gardens, crops and trees. ... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:18:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump will visit Missouri next week to deliver his first address as president to the annual... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:13:07 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - On Wednesday, Governor Parson issued an executive order putting nearly half of the counties in Missouri under... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:12:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri state representative has unblocked a critic from her Twitter account after he sued. ... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:10:32 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City-area woman has been charged with letting men rape her 2-year-old daughter. Twenty-five-year-old... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 5:12:46 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
HARRISBURG - A town rocked by tragedy continues to heal after the man responsible for the car crash that killed... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 4:57:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Deputies arrested a man following an investigation into alleged sexual abuse, and charges were filed in the... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 4:05:32 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Different sides reacted Wednesday to the Missouri Supreme Court's ruling in favor of a wind energy project.... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 3:37:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Democratic Party filed an appeal to the ruling from a Cole County judge dismissing a... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:59:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
FULTON - In the span of one month, law enforcement responded to nine car crashes on Route F between Boone... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:40:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The man who caused the crash which left a Harrisburg teacher dead pleaded guilty Wednesday. Brandon Brill,... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:34:00 PM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA (AP) — Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:50:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The 12 members of a youth soccer team and their coach who spent more than two weeks trapped... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:24:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri program aimed at connecting stroke, heart attack and trauma patients with the best care... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:17:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The owner of the Mandalay Bay hotel says it bears no liability in last year's Las Vegas concert... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, July 18 2018 Jul 18, 2018 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:32:00 AM CDT July 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 78°
2am 76°
3am 73°
4am 73°
5am 72°