Groups and agencies in the northern parts of our region that were not impacted by Hurricane Sandy are stepping up to send help to the storm ravaged areas.
Last year parts of Vermont and northern New York were ripped apart by Tropical Storm Irene, and now they want to help those impacted by Sandy. Some of the first volunteers heading south are from the Vermont and New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross. Spokesman Doug Bishop says the eight trained individuals being deployed left for a staging area in White Plains.
In New York, a statewide mutual aid system through the Office of Emergency Management is drawing a response from northern counties. Franklin and Clinton Counties have sent swift-water rescue teams to the New York City and Long Island area. Franklin County Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost.
Provost says Franklin County has already responded to two requests.
Clinton County Director of Emergency Services Eric Day says they were also asked to deploy a swift-water rescue team.
The Red Cross sheltered 9-thousand people in 171 shelters Tuesday night in areas affected by Sandy. While that’s down from Monday night, Doug Bishop says they expect the need to increase as power outages continue.