MIRAMAR, FL. (WSVN) — First responders are making their way to help storm-hit parts of the state where residents are just beginning to get back on track with their lives.
South Florida deploys troops after Hurricane Ian. Several authorities were mobilized and withdrawn.
Florida National Guard troops encountered the freeway Thursday en route to Miramar.
But trips to the disaster area began long before the sun rose.
“Our members will leave their families. That’s what we’re committed to,” said Major Roger Reyes, commander of the Florida High Patrol Troop.
The FHP is ready to conduct search and rescue operations using drones and special vehicles designed for navigating floods.
Before dawn in Doral, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniela Levine Cava said a few words about first responders.
“What you see here today is truly a miracle,” she said.
The Mayor was impressed by the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s quick response and willingness to help our neighbors to the north.
“And they’re going to bring, save, they’re going to bring hope, and they’re going to bring love,” Levine Cava said.
Ninety-six members of Florida Task Force 1 set out and are ready for the challenges ahead.
“That’s what we train for, emotionally, mentally, physically, you leave everything there and try your best,” said David Varona of MDFR Urban Search and Rescue.
K-9 units have also been included because the four-legged officers can expedite search efforts.
“We’ve been preparing intensively for the last week for the landing,” said Maj. Gen. Dustin Bonds of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The FWC set out with their own rapid response team, bringing boats, swamp buggies, and airboats.
“And we will be there as long as we need to help the people of Florida,” said FWC spokesman Tyson Mathews.
Truckloads of food and water are being delivered to areas devastated by Ian thanks to the Global Empowerment Mission, a South Florida organization dedicated to sending volunteers and helping wherever disaster strikes.
It will be a physically and emotionally draining mission for these men and women in the days ahead as they save lives and bring relief supplies to those most in need.
Most are deployed for two weeks at a time, and new teams are now preparing to take their place and get to work.
If you would like to help with the rescue effort, click here to find several organizations that are sending food and supplies to the areas that need the help most.
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