Ohio Emergency Crews Head East To Help Victims Of Superstorm Sandy

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Ohio emergency and power crews are responding up and down the east coast to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.

States including New York, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia are all calling on Ohio to help with the clean up.

Weather extremes from snow in West Virginia to rain and wind in New York, it all caused different types of damage.

American Electric power is sending 72 people from Ohio to West Virginia to help restore power lines. Eighteen of those employees are from the Columbus area.

The American Red Cross has mobilized teams as well.

They already have teams in New Jersey and Baltimore, with another 15 volunteers heading out tomorrow toward disaster areas in New York.

The groups already in place are awaiting assignments.

“There's just a lot of trees down and a lot of wind damage where we are,” said Pamela Blum. “Yesterday, we did some sheltering but then we had to leave and hunker down we do a lot of bulk sorting. We do what's needed.”

Nationwide Insurance is gearing up to send employees from Ohio to Pennsylvania which was also hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

Ohio Task Force One is the state’s Urban Search and Rescue team. The group is sending 80 people to the New York area.

That team was activated Monday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Butler County Incident Management Team and Ohio IMT are being dispatched to New York to assist the state emergency operations center with logistics and planning.

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