At approximately 5:00 pm EST on October 28th, three Albany, New York based Search Teams trained by the Search Dog Foundation–Greg Gould & Kura, John Stewart & Lani and Jason Geary & Marsi–were called out by New York Task Force 2 to prepare for deployment to Superstorm Sandy. They met the other members of the Task Force on Long Island, where they prepped their gear and made plans for deployment.
On Monday morning, NY Task Force 2 joined crews from Suffolk County Urban Search and Rescue making water rescues in three towns in Suffolk County. Using boats and jet skis to reach stranded households, the Task Force helped bring 70 people and 13 animals to safety.
The Task Force is now in Nassau County where there have been multiple reports of missing persons. They plan to begin conducting building searches and structural evaluations at daybreak on Wednesday in Lynbrook.
Kura, Lani and Marsi are with their handlers, but haven’t been needed yet. We’re anticipating that the dogs will be part of the building searches on Wednesday. Ten other SDF Search Teams (based in Los Angeles and Florida) are also on alert, prepared to deploy if they are called out by their Task Forces.
Our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones, and the communities devastated by the storms. Superstorm Sandy is a poignant reminder that disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. We’re grateful for your support that enabled highly skilled SDF Search Teams to help with the rescue efforts.
A total of 15 FEMA Task Forces prepared for possible deployment:
Indiana Task Force 1
Maryland Task Force 1
Massachusetts Task Force 1
Missouri Task Force 1
Ohio Task Force 1
Pennsylvania Task Force 1
Virginia Task Force 1
Virginia Task Force 2
Tennessee Task Force 1
Arizona Task Force 1
California Task Force 2 (Los Angeles County) – which includes nine SDF-trained teams
California Task Force 6 (Riverside)
Colorado Task Force 1
Florida Task Force 2 (City of Miami Fire-Rescue) – which includes one SDF-trained team
Washington Task Force 1
Thank you for being… Part of the Search.
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
501 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023