Vermont Swift Water Rescue Team deploying to hurricane zone

City firefighters Micah Haven left and Dave Werbinski prepare water-rescue gear early Thursday for a trip to the Texas disaster zone. The mission is expected to last about 10 days

The firefighters will be working with Task Force 5 in a joint effort coordinated by the State Fire Marshall.

"Everybody here is willing to go, they've been waiting since last Friday to get the call from emergency management", Cannon said with the team standing behind him at the Colchester Rescue headquarters Thursday morning, hours before they departed.

Water rescue teams from agencies across Kansas are headed to Texas to assist in recovery efforts from Hurricane-turned-Tropical Depression Harvey.

Every fire department in Southern Nevada is trained in swift-water rescues because of flooding that happens during monsoon season, he said. Donations made online should be done directly through the charity's website.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback issued an executive order Wednesday waiving some fees and regulations for commercial vehicles traveling to Texas to help with relief.

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United Way of Greater Houston also needs donations, as it expects the needs of survivors to exceed its existing funds.

"They're going a long way and they're well needed down there", he said.

Anyone interested in donating goods or organizing a food or clothing drive should first contact local disaster relief organizations to find out what the affected community needs and how to ensure that the donations will be properly transported and collected.

Cooper said that two Helo-Aquatic Rescue Teams, known as NC HART, were en route to San Antonio, Texas to help with flood rescue and response.

Texas officials will fully reimburse North Carolina for total costs incurred during the 10-day period NC HART crews are in the state.

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