As “catastrophic” flooding rolls through Houston and other parts of southeast Texas, both Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo have deployed emergency personnel to aid in the ongoing response.
The people of Texas will get a helping hand from New York City to address the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, but not from Suffolk or Nassau. The New York contingent includes specially trained firefighters from the incident response team as well as search-and-rescue experts from the Department of Emergency Management.
Members of the FDNY and NYPD deployed to Texas on Sunday to help with rescue and recovery efforts during Harvey.
Mayor Bill de Blasio made sure NY answered the call, too.
The deployed aid team will be based in San Antonio and includes members with experience dealing with Hurricane Katrina and Haiti’s 2010 quake. “We’ll do all we can to help those affected by this storm”. “Our role in Texas is to provide medical care, to take care of civilians and the task force members”, they said.
On Saturday, Gov. Cuomo sent over three helicopters, one crop plane, 24 para-rescue men, which is the Air Force Special Operations team, and 106 personnel from the 106 Rescue Wing from the New York Air National Guard.
“As in past deployments, we trust they will do great good in bringing relief by those impacted by Hurricane Harvey”, he said.
More than 30,000 people are expected to be placed temporarily in shelters, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said at a news conference.