South Florida’s Elite Urban Search And Rescue Teams Headed To Louisiana Ahead Of Hurricane Ida

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida search-and-rescue teams and inferior crews are deploying to assistance arsenic Hurricane Ida barrels toward landfall successful Louisiana.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who doubles arsenic the authorities occurrence marshal, said search-and-rescue teams volition assistance with tempest recovery.

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Also, the Florida Municipal Electric Association said it has assembled crews to assistance with restoring energy aft the storm.

The relation said astir 85 workers from 7 nationalist utilities volition get successful Louisiana done Monday.

A hurricane informing had been issued for coastal areas of Louisiana and the New Orleans area.

No portion of Florida was successful the forecast cone, but immoderate tropical-storm unit winds could beryllium felt successful the Panhandle starting Saturday, according to the hurricane center.

South Florida’s effect to Ida included immoderate of the elite teams that helped during the Surfside condo collapse.

“Embedded successful our task unit is 80 members that are incorporated, you person hazmat technicians rescue specialist, swift h2o component,” said Assistant Fire Chief Scott Dean.

Dean says arsenic City of Miami Task Force 2 deploys to the Gulf Coast to assistance with Ida, they are prepared for anything.

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“We instrumentality everything. We instrumentality hazmat instrumentality to marque definite that it’s harmless for america to respire and we instrumentality our dogs. We instrumentality each our logistical equipment, truthful we person a spot to slumber astatine night.”

Dean says they’ll person everything they request to beryllium self-sufficient for 14 days and that includes everything from forklifts to boats.

Captain Ignacio Carrol says the program is to person each their items successful spot earlier the tempest arrives.

“Our extremity is to marque our mode up the authorities of Florida. Possibly signifier determination extracurricular Alabama and hold for the tempest to walk by. Once the conditions are safe, we volition commencement to maneuver into areas that person been affected by the storm,” said Carrol.

In Miami-Dade, Task Force 1 is already connected its mode to the area.

Just astir 40 radical from Task Force 1 are portion of the cognition and they are taking
but for a information of the group’s deployment.

Ida is scheduled to get connected the day of Hurricane Katrina.

“Most of the members that are connected this squad really deployed to Katrina… We’re hoping that we volition not spot that benignant of devastation that we saw before,” said Carrol.

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