Mississippi sends assets to help Florida as Michael nears

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

Source: MGN

The deployment 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 sent 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 by the State of Florida.