Florida Officers Head North to Aid in Sandy Cleanup

By: Florida Division of Emergency Management; Associated Press Email
By: Florida Division of Emergency Management; Associated Press Email

State Emergency Response Team

FLORIDA LAW ENFORCEMENT TO ASSIST NEW JERSEY WITH
A STRIKE TEAM OF 27 OFFICERS

Tallahassee, FL – Florida law enforcement is answering the call to assist New Jersey with a strike team of twenty-seven officers and one communication technician. Through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) a request was made by New Jersey for a team to work with local law enforcement in Seaside Heights, NJ. The Florida team will assist with curfew enforcement, 9-1-1 call response, roadblocks and other patrol duties.

Governor Rick Scott said, "Our hearts go out to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and we're proud to assist New Jersey and other states as they continue to respond to this disaster and begin to recover."

The first team made up of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement officers departed for New Jersey at 8 p.m. Saturday night. The Florida team will assist New Jersey law enforcement through Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.

Three additional teams are available to travel to New Jersey if requested. As many as 100 first responders have volunteered to deploy. Law enforcement officers on standby ready to assist are from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Tampa Police Department, FDLE Capitol Police, and a team of Central Florida police agencies.

All Floridians can help survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Individuals interested in assisting individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy should visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org. The best way to help is to donate cash through a reputable relief organization. Donating cash through established relief organizations allows for versatility to meet needs as they arise. If you have goods to donate, be sure to confirm the need through a relief organization before donating.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30. Visit www.FloridaDisaster.org to Get A Plan! For the latest information on the 2012 Hurricane Season, follow FDEM on Twitter at @FLSERT, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and on Google+ at FLSERT.


Associated Press Release

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Tallahassee, Fla. (AP) -- A team of 27 Florida law enforcement officers is heading to New Jersey to help in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

The officers left Saturday night to help local authorities in Seaside Heights with curfew enforcement, respond to 911 calls, set up roadblocks and other patrol duties. That team is made up of officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Roughly 100 of Florida's first responders have volunteered to help in the wake of Sandy.

Florida residents who are interested in helping survivors of Superstorm Sandy should visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.

AP-WF-11-05-12 1453GMT


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