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Task force of Utah first responders deployed to Louisiana



Utah – As Hurricane Ida approaches the coast, a team of first responders from Utah is in Louisiana.

Four members of Utah Task Force 1, which is one of 28 Federal Urban Search & Rescue response teams in the country, were deployed and have safely arrived, the agency wrote in a Facebook post.

The hurricane is expected to hit New Orleans and other parts of the Louisiana coast on Sunday — the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Experts predict it could be a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall, with sustained winds of up to 150 miles per hour possible.

The group will be part of FEMA’s “White Incident Support Team.”

The UT-TF1 members who are there are:
• Mike Ulibarri; Operations Section Chief
• Keith Bevan; Planning Section Chief
• Keith Plagemann; Deputy Logistics Section Chief
• Embret Fossom; Deputy Plans Chief

Last weekend two members of the task force went to Boston to help plan for Hurricane Henri response.