Kansas Task Force 1, a search and rescue team comprised of members of multiple Kansas agencies, returned home Sunday after about a week of helping with Hurricane Dorian response efforts along the East Coast.
The 42-member team included firefighters from Manhattan and Junction City fire departments. First responders left for Florida on Sept. 2 to help search for and transport people and animals, provide basic life support and medical care and support general hurricane response efforts.
The delegation moved to North Carolina later in the week as Hurricane Dorian shifted its path north. The storm is no longer categorized as a hurricane, but strong winds and heavy rain still battered Nova Scotia, Canada, Monday.
“I am so proud of the quick, selfless response of our Kansas task force,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in a statement. “It is reassuring to know that when disaster strikes, we have individuals who are ready, at a moment’s notice, to give their valuable time and expertise, not only in our own state, but wherever the call is needed. Multiple agencies gave up time and resources to assist our fellow states of Florida and North Carolina. It was a successful effort, and I am relieved that everyone has returned home safely.”
Thousands of people have been affected by the storm’s destruction and many also have been killed.
The storm has left at least 43 people dead in the Bahamas, and left as many as 70,000 people homeless in the islands.
At least five people in the U.S. have died as a result of the storm’s destruction.