Florida deploys resources to assist Texas victims impacted by Harvey

Posted at 5:42 AM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 12:49:56-04

Some major agencies in the state of Florida, like Florida Power and Light, remain on standby if needed to travel to Texas to assist in the aftermath of now Tropical Storm Harvey.

Others agencies however are already on their way to help the Lone Star state.

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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tweeted out several pictures showing their Urban Search and Rescue Team being deployed to Texas Sunday night to help with rescue efforts.


Florida Fish and Wildlife officers are in Texas as well.

Gov. Rick Scott announced Saturday he was sending 25 FWC officers, 17 high-water vehicles, two mobile command center and 12 boats to help with the response.

The governor says, “Floridians know firsthand how damaging a storm can be for families and communities, and how important it is to have the support of nearby states during these challenging times. That is why I am immediately sending FWC officers and resources to respond to Texas’ request for emergency assistance following the impact of Hurricane Harvey. These officers and resources have been staged in Pensacola and we have been closely monitoring this storm and working with Texas to make sure we can offer any assistance they may need. I also spoke with FWC Major Jay Russell to wish him the best and let him know that all of Florida stands behind him and these brave FWC officers. I encourage all Floridians to continue to offer support and prayer for Texas families and communities.”

WPTV is teaming up with the Red Cross for a Hurricane Harvey relief telethon on Monday.

Any amount will help those in need.


The number to call is 1-800-345-WPTV. The phone lines open at 4 p.m.