Texas Task Force II, which consists of three separate teams of 28 people, went operational in 2007 to respond to man-made and natural disasters in north Texas. Since 2010, they have been using dogs to assist with these searches. Read more about the rescue dogs of Texas Task Force II in “Rescue Dogs: The Canines and Their Handlers Who Search the Aftermath of Catastrophe” by Alex Hannaford.
Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Content Manager, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She left the Observer in 2017.