U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector Mobile Response Team deployed to Florida to assist once again in law enforcement support, rescue efforts as Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida panhandle. The deployment of Border Patrol assets was a coordinated effort between numerous federal, state and local agencies.
An initial cadre from the Special Operations Detachment Unit, which includes EMT-certified agents, deployed on October 10, 2018, to the Florida region. The deployment includes law enforcement and field support. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector integrated efforts last month in the Mid-Atlantic States region when Hurricane Florence hit the area.
“The Border Patrol is there to assist the Florida region after the destruction of Hurricane Michael. The Mobile Response Team from the Laredo Sector Border Patrol and agents from the Special Operations Group have deployed to assist and lend their expertise and provide assistance in the areas where it is needed most,” said Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez, U.S. Border Patrol, Laredo Sector.
In August 2017, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents were also deployed to the Houston area to assist in recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The United States Border Patrol has and will continue to stand ready to deploy to areas hit by natural disasters to provide assistance to those communities.