FEMA Mobilizes 16 From Mass. To Assist In Hurricane Harvey Rescue Efforts


BOAT OR LARGE VEHICLE TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO HELP THEIR NEIGHBORS GET OUT OF HARM’S CONVEY. FEMA’S NEW ENGLAND RESCUE TASK FORCE IN BEVERLY GOT WORD TODAY TO HEAD TO TEXAS. Reporter: JUST A SHORT TIME AGO, A CONVOY OF VEHICLES LEFT HERE FROM BEVERLY, BOUND FOR TEXAS. THEY HAVE A CRUCIAL MESSAGE JOIN NOT GUILTY THE RESCUE EFFORT. SO THESE ARE THE FLAT BOTTOM BOATS WE’LL BE TAKING, AND ALSO TAKING TWO INFLATABLE BOATS. Reporter: MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY TEAMS MOBILIZING ON A SUNDAY. PACKING UP. ABOUT TO HEAD TO THE FLOOD ZONE IN TEXAS. INFLATOR KITS. Reporter: IT’S A TEAM OF 16. THEY’RE TRAINERRED TO RESPOND AND HELP WHENEVER NEEDED, AND THAT NEED IS GREAT. THEIR SUBMISSION JUST THAT. GET PEOPLE WHO ARE TRAPPED, GET THEM INTO THE BOAT, OFF TO SAFETY, AND THEN THEY’LL BE TRANSPORTED BY OTHER MEMBERS, WHETHER IT’S DIFFERENT TASK FORCE, OR LOCAL — OTHER LOCAL RESPONDERS. Reporter: THE TEAM IS PRIMARILY VOLUNTEER, INCLUDING FORMER STATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSIONER TOM KAZUNAS, WHO MIGHT END UP HEADING DOWN SOON HIMSELF. SEVEN DROPPING THEIR PERSONAL LIVES AND LENDING A HANDLED TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. WE’RE ALL LOOKING AT IT AS THAT COULD MIGHT BE WIFE, MY CHILD. SO IF WE DON’T DO IT FOR OTHERS, WHO WILL DO IT FOR US? SO EVERY ONE OF US WANT TO BE THERE TO HELP ANYBODY WHO IS IN NEED. Reporter: NOW, MOST OF THE TIME, THIS TYPE OF MISSION WILL LAST ABOUT TWO WEEKS, BUT IN A SENSE WITH THE SITUATION DOWN THERE, THIS IS OPEN-ENDED. IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW SEVERE CONDITIONS GET.

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