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Bay Area Team Heads to Florida For Hurricane Response

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    Bay Area Response Team Heads to Florida For Hurricane Assistance

    Bay Area emergency repsonders geared up Thursday night to head into what's expected to be a disaster zone in Florida as Hurricane Matthew made landfall there. Jean Elle reports. (Published Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016)

    Bay Area emergency repsonders geared up Thursday night to head into what's expected to be a disaster zone in Florida as Hurricane Matthew made landfall there.

    Some travelers hoping to get to Florida were stranded at San Francsico International Airport, with a total of 14 flights canceled due to the hurricane.

    But while those travelers wait, area emergency responders prepare to leave - doctors, nurses, paramedics, admin support personnel and even utility crews.

    Dave Lipen is with the Bay Area Disaster Medical Assistance Team. He spent Thursday packing up medical supplies for a portable emergency room.

    "Anything from going into the ER that's overflowing with patients when they need more staff to setting up a civilian MASH unit," he said, describing what his duties might be.

    PG&E crews planned to pack up, too. Dozens of line workers and equipment operators were set to leave for Florida on Friday to repair what the Category 3 hurricane is expected to destroy. But on Friday morning, PG&E spokeswoman Karly Hernandez said crews were not needed because the storm wasn't as bad as originally thought.

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