DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Ohio Task Force 1 has once again been activated, this time in preparation for Hurricane Idalia.
According to a Facebook post by OH-TF1, a 47-person Type III team, including two canines and a full equipment cache, will be deployed to assist in Florida if necessary.
OH-TF1 was expected to depart from Vandalia at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and will be staging ahead of the storm. They will also be joined by Tennessee Task Force 1.
As of Monday morning, TrIdalia had winds of 65 mph, according to OH-TF1, which are expected to strengthen. The storm could reportedly become a Category 3 hurricane before reaching Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday.
On Tuesday morning, Idalia strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane.
“We have deployed to so many hurricanes over the last 20, 25 years that from that perspective, we do have pretty good understanding and knowledge of how we would have — what we might be assigned to go do and the type of damage,” said Evan W. Schumann, program manager.
“Hurricane Ian completely wiped out entire subdivisions and houses all the way down to just their floors. A lot of times, though, it’s just where the flooding is in the houses. So it doesn’t, you know, but there’s five or six feet. We need to go get the people out of their houses, but their houses don’t get washed away.”
OH-TF1’s latest activation comes on the heels of its recent deployment to Maui after wildfires swept across the island.