Florida suffers serious damages after Ian: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Urban Search and Rescue Team to assist the local residents
Thursday, members of the Urban Search and Rescue team of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue will go to parts of the state to assist victims of Tropical Storm Ian.
The team’s Florida Task Force One is being dispatched from the county’s Emergency Operations Center in Doral to areas of the state affected by Wednesday’s hurricane, which matched for the fifth-strongest in recorded history.
The team has twelve areas of expertise, including command and control, technical search, structural assessment and stabilization, planning/technical information, advanced medical care including physicians and medical specialists, hazardous materials mitigation, tactical communications, logistical support, and safety and rescue specialists.
With maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, Ian made landfall around 3:05 p.m. Wednesday in Cayo Costa, near a heavily populated area of the state’s Gulf Coast near Fort Myers, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Hundreds of thousands of Floridians were ordered to evacuate in anticipation of Hurricane Ian’s severe storm surge, fierce winds, and torrential rains. According to PowerOutage.us, more than two million power outages were reported around the state.
Forecasters had predicted a storm surge of up to 18 feet might inundate the area where Ian made landfall.
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