Florida has deployed three emergency teams to support efforts to combat deadly flash flooding in Kentucky, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration announced Thursday.
Florida’s “All-Hazards Incident Management Teams” include law enforcement officers, rescue workers, public health workers and other “public safety partners with standardized training and field experience in Incident Command System positions,” according to a press release issued by the state Division of Emergency Management on Thursday.
The Florida teams will provide operational support to Kentucky officials and assist with local response efforts in hard-hit areas of the state. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency due to the flooding on July 28.
The Louisville Courier Journal reported Thursday that at least 37 people have died from the flooding, people remain missing and many homes were destroyed. Additional rains that could bring flash flooding are forecast for Eastern Kentucky.
“The State of Florida is a national leader in emergency management, and I am proud to assist other states impacted by disasters,” DeSantis said in Thursday’s release.
“These teams are the best of the best, and I am confident in their abilities to aid Kentuckians and help impacted areas begin their recovery efforts.” DeSantis on Tuesday tweeted that he was deploying the teams to Kentucky, through Florida’s participation in a multi-state Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
“These teams provide a coordinated, multi-disciplined approach to the management of minor, major or catastrophic disasters and complex incidents,” Thursday’s press release said.