Florida first responders, volunteers arrive in Texas to help with rescue efforts

Posted at 10:40 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 22:40:56-04

On just the first day of arriving in Texas, first responders from across Florida helped in at least 167 rescues. 

Governor Rick Scott thanking officers on Twitter for helping take part in 100 rescues on the first day in Texas.

The Coast Guard Southeast unit out of Clearwater on their first day in Texas took part in 67 rescues. 

The Hillsborough County Urban Search and Rescue Florida Task Force 3 has also made it safely to Texas. In all, 18 members and 7 logistical support members have been sent to help with relief efforts. 

Contact with them has been limited with bad cell reception, and water rescues -- they are relying on sat phones in the field. 

Meanwhile, part of the Salvation Army Tampa unit has arrived on the Ground in Houston where they have set up an incident command center. They have volunteers from across the Bay area that are helping get food, blankets, and other supplies to those in need. 

The best way to help the Salvation Army with water, food, and those needed blankets is to donate to them. You can do that by clicking here.