EMS crews are deploying to the U.S. Gulf Coast as Hurricane Laura threatens to swamp entire towns.
A team of three MedStar (TX) crews and a supervisor/strike team leader were deployed to South Texas, the agency wrote in a Tweet.
UT Health East Texas EMS deployed two ambulances as part of a state strike team, which also included Hopkins County and Titus Regional EMS, according to CBS 19. As of Monday, the teams were staging in San Antonio until the storm’s track became clear.
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Roy Langford, regional director for UT Health EMS, told the station he and his crews go in and help evacuate residents from nursing homes and hospitals, when needed.
“To be a part of the community of the state of Texas and help our fellow man in their time of need, it’s something we jumped in with both feet and we keep going whenever we’re called on to help,” Langford said. “To be able to help the state and continue to show everyone that we’re here in a time of need, it’s an awesome responsibility and an honor.”