Texas deploys disaster aid ahead of Hurricane Matthew landfall

Wind blows coconut trees during the passage of Hurricane Matthew in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Hurricane Matthew roared into the southwestern coast of Haiti on Tuesday, threatening a largely rural corner of the impoverished country with devastating storm conditions as it headed north toward Cuba and the eastern coast of Florida. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas is sending disaster relief to Florida after an emergency request from the state.

Gov. Abbott approved sending the resources in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, expected to make landfall sometime Friday morning.

The resources dispatched to Florida include Texas A&M Forest Service All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT), which consists of 30 personnel. More teams may be added if needed.

Other Texas state agencies are on standby to respond to further requests. Gov. Abbott has called Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia and Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina to offer any assistance as their states prepare to deal with Matthew.

“As Hurricane Matthew prepares to impact the United States, it is crucial that our fellow Americans receive the assistance they need,” said Gov. Abbott. “I am confident that Texas’ dedicated emergency response professionals will strengthen the disaster response efforts at a time when local resources may be strained. I ask that all Texans keep those in the path of Hurricane Matthew in their thoughts and prayers as they brace for the impact of this major hurricane.”

The Salvation Army Austin is sending a mobile kitchen and catering truck to serve affected people. It’s leaving for Florida Friday morning. The truck is prepared to transport 1,500 meals each day, and along with the catering truck that means 2,000 meals are on the way for people stranded in Florida.

Florida requested the resources through EMAC — the Emergency Management Assistance Compact — a state-to-state mutual aid system where the requesting state is responsible for the reimbursement of mission costs.

For more information, visit www.emacweb.org.

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