You wouldn’t normally associate the Texas Forest Service with tornado disaster assistance, but the scope of the forest service is far wider than we might assume. It isn’t all about forests and wildfires. This time, it’s about logistics and management. Here’s today’s post from the Texas Forest Service site:
May 30, 2011 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – At the request of Missouri emergency management officials, Texas Forest Service is sending personnel to the Joplin area to assist with incident management and logistics.
Texas Forest Service, a member of the Texas A&M University System, is known statewide for its expertise in emergency response and incident management. In addition to responding to wildfires, the agency frequently is called upon to assist with incident management during other disasters, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Texas Forest Service assisted with recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster in 2003.
Personnel deploying to Joplin on Monday will be responsible for handling logistics in the area ravaged by a devastating tornado earlier this month. The death toll was reported Friday at 132, and more than 150 people are reported missing.