LOUISIANA (Nexstar) – Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that the state would deploy resources and personnel to Louisiana, saying “when the neighbors help the neighbors, America is stronger.”
The governor’s office said it would send a helicopter with crew members, 132 firefighters, 30 fire trucks, in addition to the Texas A&M Task Force One to provide search and rescue.
In addition to state resources, several nonprofits already have boots on the ground in Louisiana. CrowdSource Rescue, a Houston-based group that formed after Hurricane Harvey, has at least 125 volunteers who have already rescued more than 250 people.
Matthew Marchetti, the founder of CrowdSource Rescue, said it has been “all on deck.”
“We work alongside emergency management. And they will tell you themselves, you need both parties, ”he said. “We can move a lot faster and a lot faster … so while the bigger response engines are getting ready, we’re already there and then they’ll be able to take over.”
Another nonprofit organization, Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR), deployed resources in Louisiana and southern Mississippi, including six rescue boats, two high-spending vehicles and 28 volunteers to help them later.
The president of the organization, Justin McInnis, said: “While TEXSAR’s mission is focused on Texas, when a disaster strikes near our home, we will certainly make ourselves available and do our best to help our neighbors “.
The governor’s office said it “will continue to review any additional EMAC requests from the State of Louisiana to provide additional response and recovery resources that may be needed.”