BUFFALO, NY - This morning a half dozen emergency service officials with the Western District Incident Management team left for Nassau County.
The local delegation will assist our downstate neighbors who are trying to put the pieces back together day-by-day. Their job is more logistical. Erie County Emergency Services Commissioner Dan Neaverth, Jr. Told 2 On Your Side, "what they are setting up right now down in New York City is an area command so they'll have a main headquarters where all of the resources coming in and going out to the various areas of need will be coordinated through that area command."
The locals will stay for one week. When they return, another crew will head downstate to help.
Representing Erie County in the initial deployment are Daniel Neaverth, Jr., Gregory Butcher, Tiger Schmittendorf, Tracy Fricano-Chalmers, Scott Patronik and Melissa Calhoun. The representatives in the week two team thus far are John Adolf, JT Glass, Jeff Mondo, and Jeff Hartman.
The team will join personnel from Livingston, Monroe and Chautauqua counties in the downstate deployment. Upon reporting to Nassau County, they will work with the Federal team in coordinating an Area Command for the entire region affected by Hurricane Sandy, including New York City, Long Island and New Jersey.