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Local agencies prepare for Hurricane Florence outreach

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UPDATE (09/11/18) 6:22p.m.: The Santa Barbara County Incident Management Team (IMT) Type-3 will be heading to Virginia to help support efforts during Hurricane Florence. 

The team will be comprised of 16 total members, 11 from Santa Barbara County Fire, two from Montecito Fire, and a single member from Carpinteria-Summerland, Vandenberg AFB, and Santa Maria Fire departments. 

The team will leave Thursday for North Chesterfield, Virginia where they will work together with the local agencies there during the potentially disastrous storm. 

Santa Barbara County's IMT-3 is one of only six in California; this will be their first out of state deployment. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Direct Relief, a charity organization based out of Santa Barbara, is preparing to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence by shipping out supplies and medications for people with chronic medical conditions.

Their shipments are going to be pre-positioned throughout the East Coast, in case health centers in the storm's predicted path lose road access to the typical distributors they depend on. 

We reached out to EMS agencies in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties - so far AMR has sent two EMTs  from Santa Barbara County. AMR Director Dave Schierman says they will wait to see if more staff will be needed for relief. 

Several fire departments on the Central Coast tell us they plan on waiting to see what the storm does before deciding to go as well. 

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