Butler County emergency team witnesses Hurricane Michael’s destruction

The Butler County emergency responders on the ground and working around the clock in Bay County, Florida, are headed home.

Butler County Emergency Management Agency Director Matt Haverkos told the Journal-News about one week ago — the team deployed Oct. 10 — the team of 11 was tasked with supporting the human services coordinator at the county emergency command center on the Florida Gulf.

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Because Haverkos has been otherwise occupied, the agency’s planning and operations manager shared with Butler County commissioners on Monday what the team has been doing.

“This record-setting hurricane has taxed both local and federal resources in response and recovery to the communities affected. Ten different agencies from across the area sent key personnel on a two-week mission to the hardest hit areas in Panama City and Mexico Beach,” Jim Bolen of the EMA told commissioners. “From ground zero, the Butler County team is providing mission critical support in mass care, mass feeding and mass shelter.”

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