Arkansan responders help neighbor states

The call for help in Texas came late the night of Sept. 28 and by 7 a.m. the next day 18 members of the Northwest Arkansas Task Force were ready to assist in flood relief.

By Ashton Eley
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Northwest Arkansas emergency responders have returned home from Texas flood areas, some are preparing to go to Florida while others continue fighting wildfires in the West.

Arkansas Task Force One, comprised of members from here and central Arkansas specially trained in urban search and rescue, sent a team last week to Beaumont, Texas.

Members focused on their next mission as soon as they left the flooded neighborhoods in Texas a couple days ago, said John Luther, director of Washington County Emergency Management and the task force’s team coordinator.

“On the way home, we had conversations about how to better respond in the future, which could be this week,” Luther said. “Those could be our communities. When we are not the ones affected, we do what we can to help the people who are. It’s nonstop, but that’s what we do.” Read more.

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