Hurricane Harvey’s news making endeavors are getting the attentions of most who pay attention to the news and weather. But a special class of professionals are also paying attention and responding.
Prosper Fire and Rescue deployed Engine 11 and three members of the Prosper Fire Department on Monday morning as part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System Strike Team responding to devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Lieutenant Scott Himes, Driver Engineer Zachary Stringer and Firefighter Paramedic Micky Blain, along with Plano, Greenville, Lucas, and Princeton Fire Departments met at Station No. 12 in Plano before heading out to assist with disaster and flooding in South Texas.
The PFD is asking that people keep these three first responders from Prosper as well as the multitude of other first responders headed to South Texas in the forefront of thoughts and prayers while they are gone.
On a Facebook post it was reported that the Town of Prosper has received numerous inquiries about how to help with the damages and victims from Hurricane Harvey.
The Fire Department on its Facebook page states that the fastest and easiest way to help right now is through a financial donation to a charity of choice, such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, North Texas Food Bank, Trusted World, Samaritan’s Purse, as well as others. On August 30th, they also posted this message, “Our firefighters and other members of the strike teams on the TIFMAS [Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System] deployment down south are busy clearing residential structures in the Rockport-Fulton area. Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to all affected and everyone helping the southern portion of Texas.”
The caution, for now at least, is to not take items to shelters as they don’t have the staffing or storage in place to support such donations.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help should contact the Town of Prosper Emergency Management Coordinator, Kent Bauer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-207-4731.
Joyce Godwin | Joyce@CedarbrookMedia.com