SCDNR deploys officers to Texas coastSept. 1, 2017
SCDNR's Barrett Baxter and Eric Vaughn conducted checks with Texas Game Warden Dayton Isaacs in East Texas on Sept. 3.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Texas Parks and Wildlife has requested the assistance of S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) game wardens for the purpose of Hurricane Harvey search and rescue efforts.
SCDNR officers left for Texas Thursday morning, where they will join game wardens from Texas Parks and Wildlife, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, along with other first responders from multiple agencies, in searching the floodwaters for survivors. The need for assistance is so vast that Texas Monday activated its entire National Guard, and the South Carolina National Guard has been deployed, as well as the South Carolina Forestry Commission. Game warden assistance is requested because these men and women have experience working on the water and are skillful in navigating through flood conditions.
The duration of SCDNR officers’ stay in Texas is currently set for 12 days, and that duration could be extended if the need arises depending upon the speed of recovery and ongoing needs for search and rescue, door-to-door checks, and manpower assistance.
Agreements exist between certain state agencies that, in cases of natural disasters, partnerships form and agencies assist each other with recovery efforts.
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