A team of Indiana responders is aiding in relief efforts in Florida as Hurricane Irma begins to make landfall.
Members of Indiana Task Force 1 returned from Texas earlier this week after assisting in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, then left for Florida on Wednesday. The task force consists of eight personnel members including a devoted hazardous materials support team currently staged in Georgia.
Task Force Spokesperson Michael Pruitt says they have had quick turnarounds before.
“There are many things that we learn from one storm to make things easier on the next, but then one storm brings on a whole new set of challenges that we may not have seen coming,” he says.
Pruitt’s team was on the ground for Hurricane Gustav and Ike in 2008.
He says the task force will be there as long as local groups need them.