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Nebraska Continues to Support Texas

State officials held a coordination call this morning as Nebraska continues to support Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The State Watch Center at Nebraska Emergency Management Agency continues to monitor Emergency Management Assistance Compact requests for resources in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Nebraska National Guard Deploys 44 Person Medical Team to Texas to Aid in Ongoing Hurricane Relief
The Nebraska National Guard is deploying a 44-person medical team to Texas to provide emergency medical assistance to the ongoing Hurricane Harvey relief operations. The deployment is in response to an emergency management assistance compact request from Texas to Nebraska.

The deployment is primarily made up of Airmen from the Nebraska Air National Guard's 155th Medical Group in Lincoln. Several Nebraska Army National Guard medical professional are also involved in the mission. The Nebraska National Guardsmen are trained to provide medical triage operations in a variety of environments to include those involving hazardous material operations. The deployment includes Nebraska Air National Guard medical providers, nurses, emergency medical technicians, and other medical professionals.

The Nebraska Guardsmen are part of the state's larger CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERF-P), which most recently conducted an emergency response exercise at the Nebraska National Guard's Mead Training Site last weekend. Many of the deploying Nebraska Guardsmen were involved in that exercise.

"This is what we do as members of the Nebraska National Guard. We stand ready and able to assist to our neighbors during their times of need," said Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska adjutant general. "What makes this current operation even more important is that we are supporting the members of the Texas National Guard - who we have worked with since July 1993 as members of our combined State Partnership with the Czech Republic. We have proven countless times through our combined efforts with our Czech partners that the Nebraska and Texas National Guard are great teammates and we are proving it again, this time in the skies, streets and waterways of Texas."

Pictures are available on the National Guard Facebook and Twitter pages at:

·  https://www.facebook.com/NebraskaNationalGuard

·  https://twitter.com/nenationalguard

The Nebraska National Guard is also continuing to support the ongoing Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas with UH-60 Blackhawk, CH-47 Chinook, and UH-72 Lakota helicopters and crews from units based in Lincoln and Grand Island. Twenty-three Soldiers initially deployed to Texas. That support as now grown to 36 Nebraska Army National Guard crew members who are actively supporting the relief efforts in the Houston area.

To date, these Nebraska National Guard crews have rescued 310 people total, including pregnant women, infants and the wheelchair bound. The Nebraska National Guard has also rescued 44 animals. Crews have also transported more than 86,000 pounds of cargo including hundreds of cases of water, 3,000 pounds of MREs and 500 pounds of blood.

Nebraska Task Force the Nebraska urban search and rescue team out of Lincoln Fire and Rescue, has been activated and deployed under federal authority.

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Nebraska Department of Energy reports that due to the fuel supply emergency caused by Hurricane Harvey,  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exercised EPA’s emergency fuel waiver authority to help ensure an adequate supply of fuel throughout the country.

The waiver relaxes the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limits of motor fuels normally in place during the summer in 38 states, including Nebraska, and the District of Columbia.  This waiver supersedes and expands a waiver issued on Aug. 30 adding an additional 26 states (including Nebraska) to the 12 states and the District of Columbia covered by the original waiver.  The waiver remains in effect until Sept. 15, which is the normal end-date for summertime fuel limitations.  After September 15, 2017, normal limits established by federal regulations will be in effect.

As a result of the waiver, a broader range of fuels may be sold to offset reduced supplies resulting from refinery shut-downs, supply disruptions and diversions caused by Hurricane Harvey.  Included among these fuels is E-15, which is approved by EPA for use in all vehicles model year 2001 and newer. 

E-15 is a fuel blend containing 15 percent ethanol (5 percent more ethanol than the most commonly used fuel in the U.S. – E10).  Current regulations allow E 15 to be used in vehicle model-years 2001 and newer during Sept. 15 and May 31 each year, but only in flex-fuel vehicles June 1 to Sept. 14 each year.