News Release: Mutual aid team returns home from New York

Immediate Release
Nov. 19, 2012

A team of emergency managers deployed to New York City to assist in the relief effort in response to Hurricane Sandy is returning home on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The 14-member team, which has been in NYC since Friday, Nov. 9, will arrive home via JetBlue Airways at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday at airside A in Tampa International Airport.

From Pinellas County, team members include Public Information Specialist Tom Iovino along with emergency management coordinators Doug Meyer and Doug Blackwell. Also on the team are emergency management personnel from Polk, Pasco and Citrus counties.

Iovino has been keeping a daily blog of the team’s activities at http://pinellasem.tumblr.com

“The city is now transitioning from response to recovery,” writes Iovino on day six of their deployment. “We are still sending generators, National Guard troops, light towers, cranes and other resources into the field for response, but the office has also sent items into the field to create disaster relief centers. It’s amazing to see just how quickly these facilities can be set up.  One on Staten Island was totally rebuilt in about a day, including paint, carpet, restrooms and showers for residents to use.”

The storm, which made landfall on Oct. 29, has become the second costliest hurricane in American history – passing 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The difficult situation was compounded by a nor’easter, which dumped additional rain and snow on the New York City metropolitan area.

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