AgriLife Extension Disaster Response Officers Help in Florida

Seven Disaster Assessment and Recovery, DAR, officers from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have been deployed to Fort Meyers, Fla., in response to Hurricane Ian relief efforts, details a press release. .

They join the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team, another member of the Texas A&M University System Emergency Management Network, to provide logistical and administrative support to working dogs that are part of environmental search and rescue efforts. urban.

Additionally, officers will be ready to provide a variety of other animal response activities in the area of ​​the State in severe weather.

“AgriLife Extension is well positioned to respond to natural disasters and provide expert animal response assistance,” said Rick Avery, Ph.D., director of AgriLife Extension, in the press release. “Our agents are ready to support Florida during this time of great need.”

The DAR team will provide a range of specialist services, including providing shelter for displaced animals.

“This is a self-help situation where a state needs some level of partnership, and we have a great partnership with the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team,” said Monty Dozier, Ph. .D., AgriLife Extension Disaster Assessment and Recovery Program Coordinator, Station Bryan-College. “Our officers have a special skill set for logistics support, which frees up the veterinary team to perform specialized animal care.”

AgriLife Extension DAR agents participating in the recovery mission in Florida include Dozier, Bryan Davis, Seguin; Matthew Rodriguez, Weslaco; Ricky Griffin, Carrizo Springs; Linda Wasserman, Corpus Christi; Asa Jillson, College Station; and Marshall Mohr, Brenham.

The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team consists of seven veterinarians, six veterinary technicians, three mobile small animal medical platforms and two mobile veterinary trucks – to provide veterinary support to more than 80 search and rescue dogs. The team will provide continuous round-the-clock operations as the dogs work through rubble, debris and harsh environments on rescue missions.

Meanwhile, the Texas A&M Forest Service has deployed a mutual aid system against fires within the state consisting of 23 firefighters, five fire engines and two command vehicles. These will provide structural firefighting support to local Florida jurisdictions. An all-hazards incident management team of 12 personnel supporting field operations in affected areas and a mobile command post is also deployed.