August 25, 2011
Rockville - - - Maryland Task Force 1 (MDTF-1) has been placed on “Alert Status” by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) along with Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1) for possible deployment as Hurricane Irene strengthens. Hurricane Irene is the first major storm of the Atlantic hurricane season and officials are monitoring its projected path closely.
If activated, MDTF-1 will deploy a team of 80 highly skilled and trained responders from various disciplines including search and technical rescue personnel, structural engineers, physicians, canines, communication specialists, paramedics and other support personnel to the affected area(s). In addition, 15 trucks will travel with the team carrying 35 tons of supplies, sophisticated search/rescue and logistical equipment. MDTF-1 is designed to be self-sustaining when responding to a disaster, ensuring that there is no impact to local resources, and would deploy within 4-hours by ground, should the team be activated.
Should MDTF-1 be activated, the Media Line will be updated with current information.