BOONE COUNTY, Missouri- Missouri Task Force 1 has been activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deploy as a type III task force to Raleigh, North Carolina, today, ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Missouri Task Force 1 will deploy at 10 a.m. as a Type III team which includes 37 personnel, 10 ground support personnel and over 100,000 pounds of equipment. The task force is also authorized to add an additional swift water rescue component to the cache of equipment as well as 14 swift water rescue technicians as part of the 37 personnel. The task force will be headed to Raleigh, North Carolina, where they will stage and await mission assignments. There is a possibility they could be diverted to a different location as the storms track becomes more predictable. MO-TF1 will join multiple other task forces who have been deployed.

Missouri Task Force 1 will be leaving the Boone County Fire Protection District Headquarters, located at 2201 I-70 Drive NW, Columbia, MO within the next two hours. Media opportunities will be made available prior to departure.

The three task force members who were activated yesterday as part of the Incident Support Team left early this morning and are scheduled to arrive in Raleigh, NC no later than 11:00 am.