FEMA deploys Beverly aid to hurricane victims
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Thursday, September 1, 2005
group of 34 rescue workers from the Federal Emergency Management Authority's Beverly-based urban search and rescue team headed to southern Mississippi on Tuesday to help in the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina. A convoy of support vehicles left the FEMA offices at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday to begin the 30 hour drive to Camp Shelby, Miss., the staging area.
Team leader Mark Foster of Beverly said from there rescue workers will be sent to either New Orleans or the Mississippi shore. The envoy, which consisted of about 60,000 pounds of gear in two tractor trailers, three trucks and a bus, were expected to arrive late Wednesday night, he said.
"They're driving around the clock," he said.
More team members are "in the shoot" and will leave soon, he said.
Foster, who serves as the city's director of emergency management, was scheduled to fly there on Wednesday afternoon. The team found out they were going at about noon on Tuesday, a day after the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S.
In recent years the team has been sent to the World Trade Center attack in New York City and the deadly Worcester Cold Storage fire scene. Most recently, in helped at the scene of a crane collapse at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy.
"The last major deployment was Sept. 11," Foster said.