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2007 Media Releases

August 20, 2007
For More Information Contact:
John Huff, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, 441-8351
Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547

FEMA to again fund entire local Hurricane Dean relief effort

Nebraska Task Force One, Lincoln Fire and Rescue’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, was activated early Sunday morning and requested by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to deploy to Fort Worth, Texas in preparation for a potential relief effort as Hurricane Dean approaches the Gulf of Mexico region. A total of 78 Nebraska Task Force One team members deployed Monday morning.

Nebraska Task Force One is one of six task forces deployed to a staging area in the gulf region in order to have search and rescue resources readily available in preparation for Hurricane Dean.

All expenses for the local relief effort, including travel costs and lodging, will be reimbursed by FEMA.

“The entire cost for the task force deployment is paid by FEMA with no cost to the local community,” said Lincoln Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief John Huff. “Costs that are covered by FEMA include all personnel costs for both the deployment team personnel and any Lincoln Fire and Rescue personnel who cover for individuals that are absent due to the task force response. This assures that the citizens of Lincoln will not have service levels diminished as a result of personnel being on an urban search and rescue deployment.”

For more information on Lincoln Fire and Rescue’s urban search and rescue program, visit the City Web site at (keyword: usar).

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