Members of elite search and rescue team head to Texas

Residents can help Harvey victims as NC sends teams to Texas
Riverside Fire Crews To Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims
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01 September, 2017

It's equipment firefighters will use to help with ongoing rescue efforts in flood affected areas.

They plan to be back in the Triad on September 8.

Five of North Carolina's 30 swift water rescue teams will head to College Station, Texas.

The deployment can last up to 14 days, with two travel days on either end, for a potential of 18 days. It includes emergency managers and planners, physicians and paramedics and specialists in the structural engineering, heavy rigging, collapse rescue, logistics, hazardous materials, communications, canine and technical search. The swift water team left Virginia Sunday afternoon, driving to Texas in an overnight convoy.

"These men and women will be going out up to 12 hours a day at least, and they need the hydration, they need the meals, they need to snacks and that's what we're going to do", said Scott Lamaster, Founder of Taking it to The Streets.

Donations to the Red Cross can be made through their website redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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Or text the word "HARVEY" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. That's a large, planned community Northeast of Houston.

According to FEMA, financial contributions are the most effective form of aid, since they can be transferred quickly and used flexibly.

"I'm proud that Sedgwick County is able to participate in the response and rescue efforts in Texas", Sedgwick County Manager Mike Scholes said in a prepared statement.

"They're going a long way and they're well needed down there", he said.

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