FEMA searching for tornado victims


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Updated: 5/22/2013 5:35 pm Published: 5/22/2013 11:50 am


FOX23 learned FEMA organized a special search and recovery mission on Wednesday to find people still missing in Moore.

FOX23's Dontaye Carter went with the team.

Carter said FEMA searched through wooded areas using K-9s and helicopters to maximize the rescue effort.

"The best case scenario is we can provide the local authorities, local jurisdiction, with a level of comfort that this area has been cleared with a high degree of accuracy," said Brad Thavanet with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue.

In a single file line, combing through every inch of an open field, more than 50 FEMA search and rescuers examined the area for anyone still missing.

"There are just some areas that with the resources that they have obviously as overwhelming as it is have not been able to clear that there are missing individuals still there," he said.

Rescuers used K-9s and a helicopter going through the wooded area doing a procedure they refer to as GPS-ing.

"It's almost like if you were mowing your yard. They just kind of want to go up and back, up and back so they can with a high degree of certainty know that we covered every ounce of area," Thavanet said.

Two groups went out on an area that stretched for miles. They hope to find everyone who is still missing. A third group was on standby to help the search.

"They're trying want to cross all those sectors off of their map and this just allows them to be able add this to their sectors as cleared know that anyone that is not unaccountable, that they are looking for is not in this area," Thavanet said.

The group leader told FOX23 there is no time frame on how long they will be out there, he said they'll be there until the mission is complete.


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