Virginia Task Force 2
Urban Search & Rescue
Virginia Task Force 2
513 Viking Drive, Suite 9
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
Office Ph. 757-385-6680
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The team was activated and deployed to New York City for "Hurricane Sandy" and worked in various areas throughout the city completing daily search and rescue missions.  The team and its task force members are all doing well and maintain a state of readiness for future missions.
Deployment Journal (Pending Teams Activation);

"Deployment Data Documentation"

~ Date/Time ~

~ Status Reports ~


  • VATF-2 Activation "Hurricane Sandy"










     
  • Monday October 29, 2012   08:00 am (0800 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 has been placed on alert status due to the effects of "Hurricane Sandy."  The storm remains a CAT-1 Hurricane and is expected to hit landfall later in the day along the east coast, somewhere around the DC, Maryland, New Jersey, & New York coastline.
  • Monday October 29, 2012   11:50 am (1150 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 has currently been activated for "Hurricane Sandy" and is preparing for deployment towards the northern states of Delaware & New Jersey areas.  The team has been activated as a Type I Team with a complement of 80 plus personnel.  All personnel are doing well and waiting patiently for further operational assignments.
  • Monday October 29, 2012   06:00 pm (1800 hrs.)
     
  • VATF-2 Team Briefing - All team members are doing well and have completed their check-in process with vehicles loaded and pending movement.
  • Monday October 29, 2012   07:00 pm (1900 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 is currently staging in the Virginia Beach area awaiting assignment orders from FEMA.  The team is lodged in a local hotel, pending the availability to move forward once the winds dye down and the tunnel access is clear for our personnel and vehicles to travel safely.  No official assignments or missions have been awarded as of yet, but the team remains ready.  All personnel are in a rigid state of flexibility.
  • Monday October 29, 2012   09:00 pm (2100 hrs.)

 

  • Task Force personnel have spent the last hour refueling with nutrients (food) in preparation for deployment activities.  Now that their bellies are full, perhaps some needed rest is underway for all.  Good Night!
  • Tuesday October 30, 2012   05:00 am (0500 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 woke-up this am to a wet and cold morning, bright eyed and ready to move forward, but not before indulging in a fine breakfast at the Double Tree Hotel & Conference Center.  All Task Force personnel got a good night sleep and are ready to go to work.  Just waiting on the orders to filter down from FEMA.
  • Tuesday October 30, 2012   07:00 am (0700 hrs.)
  • Task Force is on the move.....heading towards the Eastern shore of Maryland.
  • Tuesday October 30, 2012   09:00 am (0900 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 has reached the Eastern shore and has received orders from FEMA to hold its position and stage.  The Task Force is currently staging locally, pending additional orders from FEMA.
  • Tuesday October 30, 2012   01:00 pm (1300 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 has been redirected to McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey for staging and awaiting further assignments.  Just allot of road time at this point, all personnel are hanging in there, patiently waiting for a mission.
  • Tuesday October 30, 2012   04:00 pm (1600 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 has now received orders from FEMA to head to New York City.  The team will be moving to Queens, NY joining up with Maryland Task Force (MDTF-1) and Massachusetts Task Force (MATF-1).  All personnel are doing well and ready to go to work.
  • Tuesday October 30, 2012   05:30 pm (1730 hrs.)
  • The team is has been relocated again to Jamaica, New York where they'll be commencing in designated searches, working with MDTF-1 & MATF-1.  All teams will be staging in a local area establishing their BoO (Base of Operations).
  • Tuesday October 30, 2012   08:00 pm (2000 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 has arrived in Queens, NY and are heading to their designation in Jamaica, NY.
  • Tuesday October 30, 2012   10:00 pm (2200 hrs.)
  • Task Force personnel received their first assignment and will be heading out into the field to begin searches in the designated area of Jamaica, NY.  The team was split to allow some personnel to begin searches, while the other team members set-up the BoO.  All personnel are doing well at this time.
  • Tuesday October 30, 2012   10:30 pm (2230 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 first team has left the BoO and will be operating until early morning.
  • Wednesday October 31, 2012   03:30 am (0330 hrs.)
  • The search team (Red Team) assigned to complete searches in the Rockaway area of NYC returned successfully very early this morning.  All personnel are doing fine, but were very tired afterwards.
  • Wednesday October 31, 2012   07:00 am (0700 hrs.)
  • Task Force personnel woke this morning to find the weather a bit brighter with the sun shining.  Weather looks to remain in the 50's today throughout the evening with only a 20% chance of showers.
  • Wednesday October 31, 2012   09:00 am (0900 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 is currently preparing for their operational period.  The Task Force will be working directly with MATF-1 (Massachusetts).  Their operational period will be the PM shift, while NYTF-1 & MDTF-1 will be working the AM shift.
  • Wednesday October 31, 2012   09:30 am (0930 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 has received new orders and will be moving to Staten Island to search residential areas through the area.  These areas are some of the hardest hit communities effected by the storm, being they're close to the ocean waters.
  • Wednesday October 31, 2012   12:45 pm (1245 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 received their assignment for today and are moving out to the search site.  Yesterday's activities resulted in the team searching more than 575 structures.  Today's mission could reach the same if not more.
  • Wednesday October 31, 2012   02:45 pm (1445 hrs.)
  • Task Force personnel divided up into two search groups and began searching their designated areas.  Searches commenced from door to door throughout the afternoon.
  • Wednesday October 31, 2012   04:30 pm (1630 hrs.)
  • Team members completed their initial assignment and all personnel returned to the forward BoO (Field BoO) to decon (decontamination) and to rehab (rehabilitation) prior to receiving additional mission assignments.
  • Wednesday October 31, 2012   06:30 pm (1830 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 received another mission in the local area of Midland Beach, where reports of the storms devastation left residence with mass destruction throughout their community.  Again, search teams would commence with searching door to door.  This time the team was awarded the assistance of FDNY's Marine Patrol unit, due to the reported areas of deep standing water in various sections throughout the communities.  The team would complete their searches late into the evening, completing searches of more than 700 residential structures and assisted many residents during this period.

    After completing their mission assignment, task force members returned to the forward BoO to decon and prepare to return to their home BoO back at Jamaica, New York district.  Here team members would rehab and get some much needed rest after a very long day working in the field.  All Task Force members are doing well, but very tired.
  • Wednesday October 31, 2012   11:30 pm (2330 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 returned to the BoO (Jamaica, New York).  Time to get some needed rest in preparation for tomorrow missions.  Good Night!
  • Thursday November 1, 2012   06:00 am (0600 hrs.)
  • Task Force members woke this morning preparing for today's mission assignments.  The team will be continuing searches in the Midland Beach area.
  • Thursday November 1, 2012   09:15 am (0915 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 departed their BoO this morning to continue in further searches throughout the Midland Beach area, which sustained devastating storm damage.
  • Thursday November 1, 2012   11:15 am (1115 hrs.)
  • Task Force personnel arrived on site to commence with today's search grid.  Shortly after receiving their assignment and a team briefing, the team ventured out into the assigned district to start their searches.
  • Thursday November 1, 2012   02:30 pm (1430 hrs.)
  • Search teams completed their assigned missions and were quickly presented with another grid.  Within the hour of starting this search grid, the team had completed that mission and were given another before darkness settled in for the evening.  By 1745 hrs. (5:45 pm) the team had accomplished all their assigned missions for today.  Throughout the day, the team had searched over 3500 residences and businesses throughout the Midland Beach area.
  • Thursday November 1, 2012   06:30 pm (1830 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 had returned to their forward BoO (Field Base of Operations), where FDNY had established a command post for all search teams working in the area.  Task Force personnel proceeded with Decon (Decontamination) and then move to rehab and get a hot meal courtesy of FDNY, who invited us over to their mess hall for dinner.
  • Thursday November 1, 2012   09:00 pm (2100 hrs.)
  • After leaving the forward BoO, Task Force members returned to their BoO, which is located back in the Jamaica district where they'd get the chance to rehab further and get some needed rest after a very long and hard days work.  Other than being very tired, all team members are doing very well and egger to get back to work first thing in the morning.  There's still many areas of New York City to be searched.  As FDNY & FEMA sort out the search areas, we're sure that additional mission assignments will surface.  Meanwhile, team members are settling in for the evening.  Good Night To All & To All A Good Night!!
  • Friday November 2, 2012   05:45 am (0545 hrs.)
  • Task Force personnel woke this morning to a cool brisk fall season in NYC.  The team will be eating breakfast and the preparing for today's operations.
  • Friday November 2, 2012   09:00 am (0900 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 upon returning from breakfast, encountered a incident involving an injury with another teams canine.  One of our own had encountered an accident involving its canine.  One of MDTF-1's canines had received an injury to its paw (toes) and required immediate medical attention. 

    With the canine handler and canine sitting alone in the doorway of the structure where both teams were housed, left an impression of seclusion and loneliness with no immediate help available.  Right about that time, came several of VATF-2's personnel who immediately reacted to the situation and rendered medical assistance to the canine and support to the handler.  The canine's paw was bandaged and bleeding controlled.

    After receiving the initial medical attention, the canine was taken to a local veterinarian where he received additional medical care resulting in the canine getting several stitches for the injury.

    Reports from MDTF-1 is that the canine and handler are both doing well and should recover successfully from the accident.  It's great to see that our Task Force personnel could again step into action when needed at the prime opportune moment when it counted most, as one of our own needed immediate assistance.
  • Friday November 2, 2012   10:00 am (1000 hrs.)
  • After breakfast and several meetings, Task Force personnel began to pick-up their BoO in preparation for departure from New York City.  The team would be relocating to another staging area in preparations for additional orders.
  • Friday November 2, 2012   01:45 pm (1345 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 departed New York City in route to their new staging location, where the team would await additional orders and prepare for the next operational period.  the team would be heading to Ft. McGuire/Ft. Dix./Ft. Lakehurst military bases.  Here they'll find housing for the teams and means of accommodating the needs of Task Force personnel.  At this point of the mission, showers is a necessity at this time.  Hooray!! 
  • Friday November 2, 2012   04:30 pm (1630 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 arrived at the military bases of Ft. McGuire/Ft. Dix./Ft. Lakehurst.  At this time the team would begin settling for the evening, as their being housed in military barracks until further notice.  Here the teams will be able to obtain the necessities needed for rehabbing personnel.  Several other teams including MDTF-1 will be staging here at this location pending assignments.
  • Friday November 2, 2012   11:30 pm (2330 hrs.)
  • Soon after getting the team settled into their new accommodations and completing a managers meeting followed by a team meeting, Task Force personnel slowly ventured into a well needed sleep for the remainder of the evening.  After a very long day, personnel were very tired and anxious to crawl into a comfortable bed.  At best, being a barrack bunk is better than nothing.  Good Night Everyone....See You in the morning!!
  • Saturday November 3, 2012   05:00 am (0500 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 received it's first mission for the day, several team members will be heading into Long Island, New York to commence in search efforts.  Not all teams will be deployed to this mission assignment.  Only 34 team members are scheduled to fly-out of the base via helicopter to reach their destination, where they'll begin their operations.  The remainder of the team members will continue to stage at the base preparing for additional assignments.  Training has been scheduled for those members later in the day.
  • Saturday November 3, 2012   06:00 am (0600 hrs.)
  • Task Force members deploying to today's mission loaded the coach (bus) to depart for the air field where they'll aboard the aircraft for departure to Long Island, NY.  These team members are expected to be out most of the day in order to accomplish their operational mission assignment.  All team members are doing well, especially after receiving a hot meal and well rested night.
  • Saturday November 3, 2012   08:00 pm (2000 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 Task Force personnel spent most of the day taking care of gear issues, training and getting some needed rest, while the 34 member team proceeded with their assigned operations in Long Island, New York.  All team members are doing well and their spirits are high awaiting that next mission assignment.
  • Saturday November 3, 2012   08:00 pm (2000 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 held its daily Team Meeting addressing the operational periods for tomorrows mission, where another 34 members team will fly-out via military helicopter into a designated location in New York City, where they'll begin humanitarian efforts for the local residents.

    During the meeting, today's mission was discussed.  The 34 member team that deployed to Long Island, New York this morning had returned from their mission around 5 pm (1700 hrs.), completing searches in approximately 1000 structures, making contact with those residents assuring that they were doing okay, considering the circumstances.
  • Saturday November 3, 2012   11:30 pm (2330 hrs.)
  • Task Force members completed their absentee ballot forms tonight in order to allow them a voice in next weeks election.  Once the documents were completed they were e-mailed to the appropriate counties and cities for processing.  Kudos's to the TFL's (Task Force Leaders) & VBFD for assuring that all Task Force members had the opportunity to cast their vote on election day.  Also, many thanks to our TIS personnel for getting all these documents scanned and e-mailed to the appropriate individuals.  Our votes will count....Hooray!!

    That's all for this evening....Good Night & We'll Talk Again Tomorrow!
  • Saturday November 3, 2012   04:30 pm (0430 hrs.)
  • Good Morning Everyone!  Hope you remembered to turn-back your clocks.  VATF-2 team members will have woken to a very cool morning this AM, with temperatures at a brisk 39....Burrrrrrrrrr!!
  • Saturday November 3, 2012   04:45 pm (0445 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 has been task with another mission for this chilling morning, with several team members being deployed into New York City for humanitarian efforts.  Just as in yesterday's mission, not all team members will be deploying to this mission.  Only 34 team members are scheduled to fly-out of the base via military helicopter to reach their destination, where they'll begin their operations.  The remainder of the team members will continue to stage at the base preparing for additional assignments.  Training has been scheduled for those members later in the day.
  • Saturday November 3, 2012   05:45 pm (0545 hrs.)
  • Well, as we all know things are subject to change, is why our team members maintain a rigid state of flexibility.  VATF-2's mission hasn't changed, however the team will be moving into NYC by ground instead of flight ops....Bummer!!  We were so looking forward to that helicopter ride!

    Anyway, regardless, the team will provide the necessary humanitarian efforts just as if nothing had changed at all.  We all know what our mission is here and we'll do what's required of us and/or directed by our TFL's.  All team members are doing well this morning and looking forward to getting out into the theater and going to work.
  • Monday November 5, 2012   04:45 am (0445 hrs.)
  • Sunday's Updates Pending After Our Return From Today's Mission.
  • Sunday November 4, 2012   05:00 am (0500 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 had received an additional mission for Sunday's chilling morning, which would send them back into New York City to continue with their humanitarian efforts.  The 34 member team that was deployed to the city, spent much of the day working at a distribution center located in Rockaway Beach area where they provided support to residents needing water, food (MRE's), and other necessities such as blankets, etc. in order to survive the devastation of the storms aftermath.  The remainder of the team members spent most of their day continuing to stage at the base preparing for an additional assignment and getting some needed rehabilitation.  Training was also part of the day's scheduled events for team members later in the day.

    Upon arriving on the site, additional orders were received by FEMA to sent out a small detail to check on the welfare of several resident who hadn't been heard from by relatives or friends.  This unit would start the day's mission by beginning to search and check over 50 resident's with many needing help from New York City's Humanitarian Resource Officials.

    The team was also provided Force Protection, which was provided by the U.S. Marshall's in order to protect the safety and welfare of our own personnel.
  • Sunday November 4, 2012   05:00 pm (1700 hrs.)
  • After a very long day and completing their assignment, VATF-2 Task Force personnel departed the distribution site in route to their staging area at Floyd Bennett Field (FBF) before returning to their BoO.

    Once returning to FBF, the team was provided a police escort, courtesy of NYPD, back to the state line.  After a short stop to feed the team, they met the destination at Ft. Dix Army Base.  Shortly after returning, a Team Meeting was held to discuss the next day's operations and address the voting ballots.  All team members who wanted to vote, were provided an opportunity to do so and arrangements were made to get voting ballots here on time to allow those folks the opportunity to cast their votes.

    Soon afterwards, team members headed to their bunks to bunker down for the evening.  It was time to say Good Night!  Morning comes to fast around here!
  • Monday November 5, 2012   04:45 am (0445 hrs.)
  • Yes, it's very early in the morning.  However, 34 team members woke this very chilly morning with temperatures ranging at a brisk 37 in order to commence with their assigned mission.  Today these team members would venture back-out into New York City to continue with their humanitarian efforts.

    However, today would bring a slight change in their mode of transportation.  The question arises; How did you get to work today!

    Today, the team would be air-lifted to the city via a Black Hawk Helicopter and a Chinook Helicopter.  Boy, what an adventure first thing in the morning.  Talk about getting your spirits up and motivating your personnel.  Well that's just the ticket....and wow did it work.  Team members arrived on site ready to work, with great attitudes and spirits soaring in the winds.  Now that a motivator!
  • Monday November 5, 2012   09:30 pm (0930 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 returned for another mission, which would send the team back into New York City to continue with their humanitarian efforts.  The 34 member team that was deployed to the city, spent much of the day working just a they did the day before distributing water, food (MRE's), and other necessities such as blankets, etc. to resident's effected by the devastation of the storm.  The remainder of the team members spent most of their day continuing to stage at the base preparing for an additional assignment and getting some needed rehabilitation.  Training was also part of the day's scheduled events for team members later in the day.

    Upon arriving on the site, a small detail was assigned to continue with the mission of checking on the welfare of several resident who hadn't been heard from by relatives or friends. 

    The team was once again afforded a Force Protection escort, which was provided by the U.S. Marshall's in order to protect the safety and welfare of our own personnel.
  • Monday November 5, 2012   07:45 pm (0745 hrs.)
  • The 34 member team that deployed to NYC returned to the BoO at Ft. Dix.  After spending the entire day on assigned missions, team members were very tired and hungry.

    It wasn't long afterwards that these team members found their way to their bunks for a long night of sleep, which was well deserved and needed.  It would again be that time to say....Good Night!
  • Tuesday November 6, 2012   06:00 am (0600 hrs.)
  • VATF-2 personnel woke this morning on Election Day to a cool, but slightly warmer environment with temperatures ranging in the mid-forties (45).  They also got word that the team would Demob (Demobilization) today in order to prepare for that long ride home.

    After a quick breakfast, team members returned to their barracks and began packing their gear in preparation for the trip.
  • Tuesday November 6, 2012   09:00 am (0900 hrs.)
  • As the team prepares to make the trip home, Peggy Freeman of Family Services has already made contact with family members back home that the team would be heading home and is estimated to arrive back in Virginia Beach, Virginia sometime around 1800 hrs. (06:00 pm) this evening.

    Team members are all doing very well and egger to get home to their loved ones.
  • Tuesday November 6, 2012   09:00 am (0900 hrs.)
  • This will probably be the last web transmission provided as we begin to prepare for the trip home.  On behalf of the entire team, we'd like to thank everyone, especially our families and departments for their support while we all deployed on this mission in order to help those in need who were effected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

    As we all witnessed this devastation first hand, we'll all certainly be keeping those effected by the storm's demise in our thoughts and prayers.  We are all very blessed.  God Bless Them All!

    Can't wait to see you when we get home...Again, Thanks!

"Hurricane Sandy"
Deployment To New York City
   October 29th, 2012 thru November 6th, 2012  

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