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New York task force heads to North Carolina for Hurricane Florence relief

New York Task Force One left Brooklyn to head to North Carolina on Tuesday, officials said.

Members of New York Task Force One prepare

Members of New York Task Force One prepare to deploy from Brooklyn on Tuesday. Photo Credit: NYC Emergency Management

A New York-based task force including members of the FDNY and NYPD has been deployed to North Carolina in support of Hurricane Florence relief efforts, the city Office of Emergency Management said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday activated the office's Urban Search & Rescue New York Task Force One, a team of 83 people and six canines.

The team left the office's Brooklyn facility to head to Kinston, North Carolina. Among their supplies: eight water rescue boats, motors, items to support collapsed and confined structure rescues and hazardous materials equipment.

The team is scheduled to arrive in North Carolina on Tuesday night.

There are 28 such FEMA teams located throughout the country that can be deployed within six hours, the emergency management office said in a news release.

The FEMA program responded to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. New York Task Force One deployments have included Hurricanes Ike and Gustav in 2008, the Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Earl in 2010, Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria last year.


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