TYLER, TX (KLTV) - East Texas first responders have mobilized to assist with Hurricane Harvey evacuation efforts.
Team members from Emergency Medical Task Force Region 4 arrived at the staging area in San Antonio Thursday afternoon. More East Texas crews are preparing to respond if they are needed in the storm.
"We are taking two of our extra units out of the system and we are going to go ahead and prepare those for deployment, as well as four people," said Ed Brando, Division Chief, ETMC EMS.
Brando said they are ready and waiting. If they are needed they will first go to a staging area in San Antonio.
"What they will do is see what the need is and they'll deploy you from there," Brando said.
If they are deployed, ambulances will be filled personal items, water, and extra medical equipment.
They are also preparing to send more crews to relieve the first wave of responders, if needed.
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What to do before Hurricane Harvey: The best time to prepare for a hurricane is before hurricane season begins on June 1. It is vital to understand your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind. Here is your checklist of things to do BEFORE hurricane seasons begins.
- Know your zone: Do you live near the Gulf or Atlantic Coasts? Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation area by contacting your local government/emergency management office or by checking the evacuation site website.
- Put Together an Emergency Kit: Put together a basic emergency. Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and storm shutters.
- Write or review your Family Emergency Plan: Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supplies kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. Start at the Ready.Gov emergency plan webpage.
- Review Your Insurance Policies: Review your insurance policies to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your home and personal property.
Understand NWS forecast products, especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.