Unbelievable! The Houston Chronicle’s Dale Lezon reports tonight;
A Texas search and rescue team and other similar units mobilized to help earthquake victims in Haiti have been told they are not needed.
Members of Texas Task Force 1 have been on standby in Houston since Thursday to head to the devastated island nation.
But the United Nations mission in the country has declared the search and rescue teams already in the nation are sufficient to handle to the task and the Texas team and others prepared to deploy would not be needed.
The Texas unit, which has been on standby at Ellington Field in southeast Houston, was made up of 80 members including doctors and engineers. Four dogs were also part of the team.
?? I don’t get it. These crews are geared up and ready to do what they are trained to do. It is obvious there is a need for persons with skills these crews possess. Just today more people were pulled out alive from the debris and even those not alive deserve the dignity of being unearthed for the sake of their families. Not the least of which public health is now a concern with thousand of cadavers decomposing within the ruins of Haiti.
To the Texas crews affected, I hope the powers that pulled your rescue and recovery trip reverse their stance.
The good people of Texas are lucky to have you folks on the job back home. Be safe!