Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) along with the Incident Support Team (IST) cache has been activated by FEMA through the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and will deploy from their facility in College Station to Oklahoma. The estimated time of departure is midnight. The team will assist the local jurisdictions in search and rescue operations across the affected area. The 80 member TX-TF1“White” Team is a Type 1 Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Team consisting of Technical and Canine Search components along with Heavy Rescue personnel and equipment. Upon arrival, TX-TF1 will receive assignments from the local Incident Command and assist the jurisdictions as needed while setting up a Base of Operations (BoO) to continue the mission as long as necessary.
An 84-member Type 1 Urban Search and Rescue team, including 70 first responders who specialize in victim extraction and medical treatment will deploy immediately. The team also includes search and rescue K-9s, physicians and paramedics, as well as hazardous material specialists, communications specialists and structural engineers.
Texas Task Force 1 is a 600-member force that is nationally recognized for its unique search, rescue and recovery capabilities. It was deployed to New York City following the terrorist attack on 9/11, and to New Orleans following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and, most recently, to West, TX.
Gov. Perry released the following statement earlier today regarding the Oklahoma tornadoes: http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/18540/