In the aftermath of tornadoes that impacted states this past spring, search and rescue resources were one of the first called to report to service.
Through EMAC, 146 search and rescue personnel from Louisiana, Florida, and Tennessee responded to Alabama to conduct search and rescue and recovery missions after being requested by the Alabama State Emergency Management Agency.
In the aftermath of an EF-5 tornado touched down in Joplin, Missouri, 15 search and rescue/recovery personnel with canines were deployed from Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and Texas. This devastating tornado grew to as much as three-quarters of a mile wide, before returning to about a half-mile in width, The track was 13.8 miles long, hitting major businesses and commercial areas and thousands of homes.
Yes. Federally organized Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams are routinely deployed under EMAC. Like all resources deployed under EMAC, they must be requested through the state emergency management agency.