TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Millions without power and cities under water. The aftermath from Hurricane Sandy now devastates much of the East coast.
Now that Sandy is mostly done wreaking havoc on the East coast, it's time for the long cleanup and recovery efforts to begin.
Several emergency responders from the Lafayette area are in the eye of the Sandy relief efforts.
"Our district 4 task force received a call from the state department of Homeland Security and we received a task to assist the response efforts in New Jersey," IDHS District 4 Response Task Force liaison officer Tilara Treece said.
District 4 is made up of emergency personnel from Purdue and 9 counties in our viewing area. Those counties include: Tippecanoe, White, Carroll, Benton, Warren, Fountain, Clinton, Cass and Montgomery County.
Twenty-two people and 11 vehicles, including four ambulances, were sent out to Atlantic City Sunday to join the response effort.
"There is no way that one agency can respond to an incident or disaster," Treece said. "There's no way that one county can respond to an agency or to a disaster. It has to be a collaborative effort."
"We had folks who were assisting at both medical shelters, public shelters and high medical need, low income shelters," IDHS District 4 Response Task Force administrative coordinator Janet Mayrose Buche said.
"As we work together as community public safety partners to make sure that not only did we respond to the people in need on the East coast, but were also able to work together to make sure most importantly that we are providing protection back at home," Fire Chief of Purdue University Kevin Ply said.
"Our home areas are still being covered because we're not depleting one area. We're not just taking assets and personnel from one county or from one business or location that is a part of our task force," Treece said.
Local crews should be heading home back home to Indiana sometime Thursday.
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