Gov. Abbott approves Texas A&M Task Force 1 activation in response to Western Kentucky tornadoes

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference where he signed two energy related bills, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Governor Greg Abbott announced on Saturday, Dec. 11, he has approved the activation of 10 Texas A&M Task Force 1 personnel following a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to a press release, the team will deploy the Central Incident Support Team cache in response to the tornadoes that hit Western Kentucky and overnight.

The release stated the team is part of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue System, and its equipment cache will give them specialized technical gear and command, control, and communication equipment as they are deployed from across the country to help those impacted by the deadly tornadoes.

The State of Texas stands ready to assist our friends in Kentucky as they continue their response and recovery efforts in the wake of deadly tornadoes that shook the western portion of their state overnight. Thank you to the members of Texas A&M Taks Force 1 who are making their way to Western Kentucky to help those in need. I ask all Texans to join Cecillia and me in praying for those affected by these horrific tornadoes.

Gov. Greg Abbott

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