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Several area groups heading to South Carolina for disaster response

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Posted at 2:10 PM, Oct 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-06 05:51:39-04

Norfolk, Va. – Several Virginia groups have headed to South Carolina to assist with search and rescue, and relief efforts following the historic flooding around Charleston and Columbia.

Eighty members and five dogs from the Virginia Task Force 2 team left Virginia Beach on Monday morning to head to Columbia. VA TF- 2 is a specialized rescue organization comprised of highly trained firefighters, EMS personnel, canine handlers engineers and physicians from across the region, organized and managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and sponsored by the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

In addition to VA TF-2, Operation Blessing also announced that they would be leaving Chesapeake on Monday and heading to assist in Columbia.

They will leave their Chesapeake warehouse with a high tech mobile command center, a mobile kitchen that is capable of serving up to 2,000 meals a day and is stocked with enough food for 3,000 meals, a dehumidifier trailer equipped with moisture meters, commercial dehumidifiers, fans, and blowers to dry out flooded homes, 2 construction trailers packed full of tools and equipment to support volunteer operations, and other support vehicles including tractor trailers and box trucks containing bottled water, thousands of MRE meals, tool, protective equipment and additional food items.