Tallahassee Responds in Wilma's Aftermath

As our neighbors to the south pick up what Wilma left behind, police and firefighters from right here at home prepare to lend a hand.

Marty Bishop, Emergency Management Counselor, says, "We'll be helping coordinate the food, water supply and anything else they're gonna need for folks to exist in shelters until they get back in their homes."

A local team deployed to Gulfport, Mississippi to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but officials anticipate a much different scene in Key West.

Cindy Dick, Tallahassee Fire Chief, says, "Apparently down in Key West they've had storm surge they're not used to, and they have flooding, but they won't have the catastrophic damage that they had in Katrina."

The response team wants to be prepared for anything. That's why they're bringing an incident command bus that lets them communicate with other officers in the field.

Travis Bergeron with the Tallahassee Police Department says, "We have radio capability with the VHF, UHF and Megahertz, we have computer system, we can connect to Internet, we have cellular technology, satellite technology, phone, Internet, printers, copiers. It's literally our mobile command center."

The team is bringing its own resources to survive. They expect they'll be in Key West for as long as 10 days.

The incident management team is made up of 14 workers from the city, some firefighters, some officers and one person from airport operations.


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