Missouri Task Force 1 is sending more team members to assist search and rescue efforts in Florida following Hurricane Michael.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency activated 12 human remains detection canine search teams to assist efforts, and three teams from Task Force 1 deployed Sunday morning, according to a Boone County Fire Protection District Facebook update.

Missouri Task Force 1 continued with search and rescue operations Friday and Saturday, according to the post.

The team evacuated one resident on Friday in Panama City, Florida. The team also completed wellness checks on 926 residents and damage assessments on 928 structures.

The team then moved to a rural area northwest of Panama City on Saturday and completed 125 wellness checks on residents and provided assistance to five of those people. The team also completed damage assessments on 187 structures.

Task Force 1 completed their work for the day at 2 p.m. Saturday and relocated to a new base of operations at Gulf Coast Community College. 

Members of the team were able to take their first showers and eat their first hot meals since Thursday morning at the new base of operations, according to the post.

The team traveled to Jackson County for their daily mission assignment Sunday morning.

Task Force 1 deployed Oct. 9 and reached Panama City on Oct. 11.

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