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Mississippi sending assets to help Florida as Michael nears

The State of Mississippi has deployed two search-and-rescue teams to Florida, to assist with potential emergency response efforts, ahead of Hurricane Michael.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2018 9:41 AM

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — The State of Mississippi has deployed two search-and-rescue teams to Florida, to assist with potential emergency response efforts, ahead of Hurricane Michael.

The deployment, announced Tuesday, was provided through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact requests by Florida. Mississippi Office of Homeland Security Director Jay Ledbetter says Florida has a long history of helping Mississippi and they're glad to return the favor.

The state is sending 42 personnel to serve as two swift water rescue teams. The teams are scheduled to remain in Florida for two weeks to conduct search and rescue operations if necessary.

The expenses for all the deployments will be reimbursed to the State of Florida.

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