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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Plano First Responders Part of Strike Teams Aiding Gulf Residents

Robert Grant and Rocky in Houston

We’re Plano-proud of the City employees lending a hand in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. This storm has been a topic of conversations and news stories for well over a week – and rightly so, dumping more than 50 inches of rain in some areas of the Texas Gulf.

How Plano is helping

  • Emergency Management Director Carrie Reyes was asked to work in Aransas Pass; picking up water, ice and medical supplies in San Antonio on her way to the command post.
  • 1 swift water rescue boat with team of 3
  • Brush truck with team of 4
  • 2 fire engines with teams of 4 each
  • 3 individuals serving Task Force 1
  • 2 individuals and Rocky the search dog serving Task Force 2
  • Captain Scott Mallen at the Region II Incident Command (Texas Department of Public Safety headquarters)Rocky search and rescue dog

Plano Firefighters Association (2149) executive board member Brad McCutcheon sent a photo of Plano Fire-Rescue firefighter Robert Grant and his K-9 partner Rocky, a search-and-rescue expert, hard at work in the heart of the devastation. The pair are a part of the Texas Task Force 2 team working through an apartment complex in Rockport over the weekend.

How you can help

The Dallas “mega shelter” needs volunteers and a list of supplies to help make the hurricane victims comfortable. Financial donations can be made to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, North Texas Food Bank, Trusted World and others. For now, don’t take items to shelters. Please take new/gently used clothing, toiletries and non-perishables to Trusted World, 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, Dallas 75248, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Click here to see a needed-items list and details about how to volunteer, donate and where to find area shelters. There is a Red Cross website established to search for the names of those who are safe and well. Or visit the site created by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner accepting tax-deductible Hurricane Harvey Relief funds.

For other options of how to provide badly needed assistance, visit the North Texas Commission website -- no effort is too small.

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