Elite O.C. rescue team leaving for Haiti

An urban search and rescue team from Orange County is preparing to leave to Haiti this morning after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the tiny Caribbean island nation, officials said.

Tens of thousands are feared dead as hospitals and other buildings collapsed, trapping people and disrupting communications in the impoverished nation.

Preparing for a deployment that could last up to a month, Orange County officials said they are not sure what conditions they will encounter.

California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5 is one of 28 in the nation that responds during national or regional emergencies like earthquakes, terrorist attacks, hurricanes or other natural or manmade disasters. The team, made up of 80 people and four search dogs, is one of eight teams in California…

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