7/28/2011 12:00 AM
College Station, TX – Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) is on “Stand By” status in anticipation of the expected landfall of Tropical Storm Don late Friday night or early Saturday morning. TX-TF1 resources and rescue teams are prepared to respond the moment the request comes from the Texas Division of Emergency Management to assist local jurisdictions and the State of Texas.
The team has deployed over 80 times since 1997, including the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, Sept. 11th World Trade Center attack, and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike. TX-TF1 can be activated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management or as one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 28 sanctioned urban search and rescue teams. TX-TF1 and TEEX coordinate statewide requests for search and rescue.