Escambia Sheriff's Office mobilizing to Charlotte County after Hurricane Ian devastation

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office announced in a Facebook post Friday that its disaster response team is deploying to Charlotte County on Saturday to help victims of Hurricane Ian.

The ECSO announced that 21 of their members will deploy along with eight Pensacola police officers and two Gulf Breeze police officers to help "devastated" victims of Hurricane Ian.

Escambia Sheriff Chip Simmons said in the post that "when catastrophe strikes, we come together."

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The Category 4 storm made landfall in Cayo Costa, an island off the coast of Fort Myers, on Wednesday afternoon and continued to sweep across the state, bringing torrential rain, 150 mph winds and unprecedented flooding.

On Friday, with local and state officials still trying to understand the full scope of the devastation, the death toll was already estimated to be at least 21 fatalities.

"They have been devastated and we are going to provide any help that we can," Simmons said. "They need our help and we will answer that call just as they would do for us."

Along with manpower, the release notes the ECSO will bring generators, communication equipment, a mobile kitchen unit, refrigeration unit, mobile garage operations, sleeping quarters, and search and rescue resources.

Benjamin Johnson can be reached at or 850-435-8578

This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: Hurricane Ian: ECSO, PPD sending team to Charlotte County