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Florida Forest Service provides 7.6 million bottles of water, 1.8 million meals to Texans

Florida Forest Service provides 7.6 million bottles of water, 1.8 million meals to Texans
Posted at 5:06 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 17:06:08-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Forest Service's Green Incident Management Team continues to send trucks carrying water and meals to residents in need in over 100 Texas counties.

In the most recent update from the agency, the FFS along with the Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas Department of Emergency Management and FEMA have sent out 7,670,400 bottles of water out to Texans in need.

In addition to the more than 7.6 million bottles of water, the agencies have also sent out 1,795,200 meals in the form of Meals Ready to Eat (MRE's).

“Knowing the severity of the winter storm’s impact on our friends in Texas and being able to come out here and help give the residents of Texas some relief gives me a sense of pride,” said Operations Section Chief Abe Philipson. “Our mission is critical and important as we are giving Texans a little sense of hope that they will have drinkable water and a meal.”

Frigid temperatures and heavy snow and ice brought the state to a standstill last week, shutting off power to millions of homes and businesses and leaving some Texans to freeze to death.