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Paid and volunteer firefighters worked together to answer hundreds of calls for rescues
What to expect as task forces deploy to hurricane ravaged areas
Thousands of miles apart, two public safety professionals point to detailed plans as the reason for their organizations’ disaster response success
The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando can accommodate a fleet of ambulances, watercraft and 18-wheelers
Idalia made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph
The Category 3 storm struck an area still dealing with damage from Hurricane Ian last year
Miami-Dade County’s new Emergency Operations Center will have a 12-story fortified bunker for offices and emergency vehicles
Task forces have spent weeks on hurricane relief efforts such as search and rescue, reconnaissance, needs assessments and evacuations
The two teams of eight will go to Lee County, where the hurricane hit hard
In Fort Myers Beach, Task Force 2 members search for survivors street by street
“We ended up transporting approximately 42 individuals and several pets from that area,” said Miami-Dade Lt. Alex Acosta
Orange County Fire Rescue Department crewmembers and other teams transported people from medical centers and away from Hurricane Ian
Urban search and rescue teams, the U.S. Coast Guard and National Guard troops have been responding to an influx of 911 calls
Hundreds of evacuations were taking place in the Fort Myers area, where storm damage cut off potable water to at least nine hospitals
Coast Guard, USAR and firefighting crews have been conducting rescues, and medical facilities have been evacuated