Hurricane Florence Activation

Missouri Task Force 1 has been activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deploy as a type III task force to Raleigh, North Carolina, today, ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Missouri Task Force 1 will deploy at 10 a.m. as a Type III team which includes 37 personnel, 10 ground support personnel and over 100,000 pounds of equipment. The task force is also authorized to add an additional swift water rescue component to the cache of equipment as well as 14 swift water rescue technicians as part of the 37 personnel. The task force will be headed to Raleigh, North Carolina, where they will stage and await mission assignments. There is a possibility they could be diverted to a different location as the storms track becomes more predictable. MO-TF1 will join multiple other task forces who have been deployed.

Missouri Task Force 1 will be leaving the Boone County Fire Protection District Headquarters, located at 2201 I-70 Drive NW, Columbia, MO within the next two hours. Media opportunities will be made available prior to departure.

The three task force members who were activated yesterday as part of the Incident Support Team left early this morning and are scheduled to arrive in Raleigh, NC no later than 11:00 am.

UPDATE 9/12/2018

Missouri Task Force 1 arrived in Raleigh, NC earlier today. The team is currently checking equipment after the long haul and reviewing safety issues and learning about the area they have been assigned to.

MO-TF1 has been assigned to the Brunswick County area in North Carolina which is just south of Wilmington, NC. Brunswick county is right on the ocean and in the immediate impact area. The eye of the hurricane is predicted to come ashore just a few miles south of their location.The team will depart Raleigh, NC tomorrow morning and move to their staging area in the city of Leland, NC.

Staging in the actual impact area will minimize delays to effect rescues in that area which is predicted to see major flooding. The team is ready to work and help the citizens of North Carolina.

UPDATE 9/13/2018 10:33AM  

MO-TF1 has arrived in Leland, NC where they will establish their Base of Operations for Hurricane Florence. The team is currently briefing on storm updates, reviewing hazards and historical flooding maps and performing area familiarization in and around Brunswick County. Everyone is safe and they have a great facility to set up operations.

Further updates will be posted as the team receives mission assignments.

 

UPDATE 9/13/2018 1:26 PM 

MO-TF1 arrived in Brunswick County, North Carolina this morning and began planning/prepping for disaster operations with local officials.  Equipment is being readied for reconnaissance and tactical search and rescue (SAR) operations. The team has been split into two SAR teams, with one team stationed in Leland, NC and the other in Bolivia, NC. Both towns have excellent facilities for our personnel to stay in and have welcomed them with open arms. Brunswick County will take a direct hit from Hurricane Florence with hurricane force winds predicted to begin this afternoon.  As of 1:00 pm CDT, it was raining with sustained winds of 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

The team is in good spirits and ready to assist their local public safety partners with situational assessments, search and rescue operations and damage assessment.

Update September 14 at 4:41 PM

Three more members have been activated as part of the Incident Support Team. Two members left on Thursday and reported to Columbia, SC and the other member left today for Kinston, NC.

MO-TF1 Type III team remains in staging in Leland, NC and Bolivia, NC this evening awaiting a mission assignment as the back side of the storm passes.

As the eye of the storm passed over MO-TF1 earlier today, crews were able to get out and do some recon work and evaluate some areas which are anticipated to see severe flooding through tonight. Crews have been working closely with local officials to fill any need that may arise and planning for the next 12-24 hour period.

Everyone is safe and eager to get to work

Updated September 15 at 11:16 AM 

Missouri Task Force 1 is currently located in Brunswick County, North Carolina. The task force was previously divided into two search and rescue teams. One team, the Leland Team, is based out of a facility in the city of Leland and the second team, the Bolivia Team, is based out of a facility in the city of Bolivia. Both MO-TF1 search and rescue teams are currently conducting search and reconnaissance missions in Brunswick County. They are working under the direction of local emergency management and public safety agencies. Weather is still a major factor. The teams are operating in 25-40 mph winds and continuous bands of heavy rain. Yesterday, the team made search maps and worked with local officials to determine search priorities. We are currently tracking teams real-time in the field using some new technology (see photo). Yesterday evening the Bolivia Team rescued two persons from a mobile home that were stranded by rising waters. This morning, the Leland Team assisted with the evacuation of 27 people from a special needs facility.

Updated September 16 at 5:32 pm

MO-TF1 Update 2019-09-16 1300 Hours: Missouri Task Force 1 is currently engaged in search, rescue and evacuation operations in Brunswick County, North Carolina. The task force was previously divided into two search and rescue teams. One team, the Leland Team, is based out of a facility in the city of Leland and the second team, the Bolivia Team, is based out of a facility in the city of Bolivia. The area received 12+ inches of rain in the last 12 hours. There is record flooding in multiple areas of the county. There were multiple tornado warnings overnight. The Leland Team is operating with 3 boats, 2 high water vehicles and several local fire department support vehicles. The Leland Team ended operations at 2:00 am this morning, but re-engaged at 4:30 am this morning when a request for rescue was received at the Leland EOC. The Leland Team is currently still actively engaged in rescue/evacuation operations. The Bolivia Team ended operations at 1:40 am this morning and re-engaged at 3:00 am when additional requests for evacuations from rising waters were received by the Bolivia EOC. The Bolivia Team is operating with 3 local boats, 4 U.S. Coast Guard boats and 10 high water vehicles. Since this morning, the Leland Team has completed 44 rescues/evacuations and the Bolivia Team has completed 65 rescues/evacuations. They also completed 10 animal evacuations. The SAR teams are, at times, comprised of MO-TF1 personnel, local fire department personnel, local and federal law enforcement personnel, local EMS personnel, U.S. Coast Guard personnel and North Carolina National Guard personnel. MO-TF1 team leaders continue to work with Brunswick County local government officials and there emergency management personnel to plan, develop and implement SAR action plans.

Updated September 17 at 12:45 pm

MO-TF1 Update: 2018-08-17 1200 Hours: Missouri Task Force 1 continues to operate in Brunswick County, NC. MO-TF1 personnel are operating with local fire department personnel, local and federal law enforcement personnel, local EMS personnel, U.S. Coast Guard personnel and North Carolina National Guard personnel in a Joint SAR Team configuration. During their last operational period (2018-09-16 0700 hrs to 2018-09-17 0700 hrs), MO-TF1 Joint SAR Teams evacuated 5 neighborhoods in the Leland, NC area; evacuated a large portion of the Winnabow Fire District near Bolivia, NC; MO-TF1 sent a team into Hanover County to assist IN-TF1 with several water rescues. MO-TF1 Joint SAR Teams rescued/evacuated 125 people (including a 9-month pregnant female having contractions, who they took directly to the hospital) and 10 pets. They also checked the welfare of 190 citizens who were sheltered in their homes. Yesterday evening, all MO-TF1 search and rescue (SAR) crews assigned to Leland EOC were brought in at the 1800 hours curfew and all MO-TF1 SAR crews assigned to the Bolivia EOC were brought in at 1900 hours.  Leland and Bolivia MO-TF1 SAR crews had been operating for nearly 36 hours straight. All rescuers and vehicles went through the decontamination process prior to entering facilities at their respective base of operations (BoO).  Leland and Bolivia EOC’s provided dinner and a much-needed rest period for MO-TF1 SAR Team members. However, the teams remained on call for life-threatening water rescue assignments.  All MO-TF1 personnel were up at 0600 hours this morning and ready to deploy at 0700 hours.  The MO-TF1 Bolivia SAR Team reconfigured their response package to better provide mission tracking information when working with other agencies.  They will integrate with the US Coast Guard to deploy a combined package of 7 boats, 1 ambulance, 7 high-water vehicles, and 30 personnel to provide evacuations and other necessary search, reconnaissance and rescue operations in the Boiling Spring Lakes, NC area. The Leland Joint SAR Team continues to operate in the Leland, NC area. All crews are actively working in their assigned areas at this time.  MO-TF1 Planning Team personnel continue to support the Leland EOC with maps and mission tracking information.

Updated 9-18-2018 at 5:00 pm
 
MO-TF1 Update: 2018-09-18 1700 Hours: Missouri Task Force 1 continues to operate in Brunswick County, NC. MO-TF1 personnel are operating with local fire department personnel, local and federal law enforcement personnel, local EMS personnel, U.S. Coast Guard personnel and North Carolina National Guard personnel in a Joint SAR Team configuration. During their last operational period (2018-09-17 0700 hrs to 2018-09-18 0700 hrs), the Leland MO-TF1 Joint SAR Team performed targeted searches of residences as provided by the Leland EOC and structural damage assessments of neighborhoods in the Leland area.  The crews rescued/evacuated 44 residents and checked on 11 people who were sheltering in place.  Additionally, MO-TF1 structural specialists were utilized to assess the integrity of 2 roads which had been compromised due to flooding.  The Bolivia MO-TF1 Joint SAR Team performed evacuations in the town of Boiling Spring Lakes, NC.  In only one day, the Joint SAR Team cleared the entire town where 3 people were rescued, 33 people were evacuated and 8 animals were evacuated. They also checked on 496 people that were sheltering in place. Later in the day all teams returned to their respective EOC’s for decontamination, dinner and post-mission briefings. The next morning at 0530 hours, both MO-TF1 crews were urgently notified of 12 people trapped in a van on a flooded road between Leland and Bolivia.  The crews were able to launch boats from both sides of the flooded area and successfully rescue all 12 individuals.  Both teams returned to their respective base of operations where vehicles and personnel were decontaminated and prepped for the days assignments. After breakfast and a briefing, both teams began their assigned search and reconnaissance missions in Brunswick County. 
 
Updated 9-19-2018 at 5:00 pm
 
Update: 2018-09-19 1700 Hours: Missouri Task Force 1 continues to operate in Brunswick County, NC. Yesterday, both the Leland Joint SAR Team and the Bolivia Joint SAR Team performed targeted searches of neighborhoods and individual houses in outlying areas of Brunswick County, NC. MO-TF1 structural engineers completed damage assessments in areas assigned by their respective EOC’s. Yesterday, the teams jointly rescued 14 people and 2 cats. They also checked on 10 people that were sheltering in place and provided assistance to 50 residents. MO-TF1 Command Staff met visiting members of the FEMA US&R Response System Red Incident Support Team. The Leland MO-TF1 Logistics Team helped offload supplies for the Leland EOC from a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter with their 10k forklift. Today, MO-TF1 Command Staff members met with several local mayors. Both Joint SAR Teams remain prepared to perform water rescue/evacuation operations as rivers crest in and around Brunswick County. To date, MO-TF1 Joint SAR Teams have rescued/evacuated 216 people and 20 pets. They also checked the welfare of 817 citizens who were sheltered in their homes and provided assistance (water, food, supplies, etc.) to 95 citizens. The teams also performed damage assessments on 381 structures.  
 
Updated 9-20-2018 5:00 pm
MO-TF1 Update: 2018-09-20 1700 Hours: Missouri Task Force 1 continues to operate in Brunswick County, NC. Yesterday, the Leland Joint SAR Team continued to perform targeted searches in neighborhoods and individual houses in outlying areas of eastern Brunswick County and the Bolivia Joint SAR Team performed evacuations in southwest Brunswick County in the Brunswick Plantation Resort and Golf Course area. MO-TF1 Joint SAR Teams rescued/evacuated 169 residents and 13 pets. The teams provided wellness checks on 494 residents that remained in their homes and provided assistance to 52 residents. Continued flooding was expected today in southwest Brunswick County in areas affected by the Waccamaw River, so two additional boat teams from the Leland MO-TF1 Joint SAR Team left at 0630 hours today to join the Bolivia Team for joint operations in that area. The crews are evacuating residents due to rising flood waters as the rivers in the surrounding area crest.