In September of 1992, disaster struck the Hawaiian Islands as Hurricane Iniki battered the Island of Kauai. On a Friday night, eleven DART team members deployed with California Task Force 3. This represented DART's first deployment with CaTF-3. It also represented CaTF-3 first deployment.
Under equipped due to minimal federal funding and under staffed, CaTF-3 turned to DART for personnel and equipment support. After initial notification, CaTF-3 was at Travis Air Force Base within 6 hours. The team spent 14 hours at Travis waiting for a C-141 aircraft to take it to Hawaii. The team then spent three days on the Island of Oahu.
As it turned out, the task force was not needed. Still, the knowledge gained and the camaraderie developed was beneficial to the growth of DART and CaTF-3.
The members of DART that deployed assumed that they were volunteering their time. It was not realized until they were there that they had to be compensated for their time.
Like the Oakland Firestorm, NASA Ames provided remote sensing damage assessment information.
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