Maryland, Virginia search-and-rescue teams deployed to help in Texas

Trump calls Hurricane Harvey emergency response ‘historic

A specialty task force of area firefighters is heading to Texas to help in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.

Captain Jonathan Gormick says they were invited down by Texas Task Force 1, and adds the chance to learn during this kind of disaster was just something they couldn't pass up.

"They're responding to Texas under what we call the Emergency Management Assistance Compact - EMAC", said Chris Herrick, Vermont's deputy commissioner of public safety. Crew members are also sometimes rotated out. Floyd's rescue operations highlighted the need for specially trained and equipped teams that could safely rescue those trapped in flood waters or swift water conditions. Donations made online should be done directly through the charity's website.

Firefighters will spend at least eight days helping with relief.

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And not just any dancing, a very Lorde-esque interpretive dance routine that ended with her collapsing onto the ground. Perhaps it has to do with her flash new dance moves? Ed Sheeran performs a medley at the MTV Video Music Awards .

It is unclear how long the VFRS members will be in Texas, but Gormick says it'll depend on how many operational periods this crisis will last for.

Unsolicited goods, such as clothing, medicine, or perishable food, can actually increase the burden on local organizations by drawing volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space away from critical needs.

"I'm proud that Sedgwick County is able to participate in the response and rescue efforts in Texas", Sedgwick County Manager Mike Scholes said in a prepared statement.

Texas officials will fully reimburse North Carolina for total costs incurred during the 10-day period NC HART crews are in the state. The website Charity Navigator, for instance, evaluates nonprofit organizations in the USA based on their financial health, accountability, and transparency.

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