Texas Sends Incident Management Team to Assist with Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts
Gov. Rick Perry announced that a 15-person Incident Management Team (IMT) is being deployed to New York City to support its continued recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy. The IMT, which will serve in the NYC Emergency Operations Center this evening, is composed of personnel from the Texas A&M Forest Service and local first responders from across the state.
"Texans are all too familiar with the devastating effects a hurricane can have on a state," Gov. Perry said. "Our hearts go out to the victims of the storm, and our prayers remain with the first responders who continue to work tirelessly to keep everyone safe. As communities in the northeast begin to rebuild, the State of Texas and its resources are fully prepared to help anyway we can."
Incident Management Teams are composed of personnel who are trained to manage or assist in the management of emergency response operations. An IMT provides a coordination and control infrastructure to manage a wide range of emergencies from human-caused to natural disasters. The size of an IMT is contingent on the severity of the incident and the needs of the affected jurisdiction. Texas currently has seventeen IMT's regionally located around the state.
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