Maine Government News
Maine Forest Rangers Help Distribute Supplies, Equipment in Hurricane-Devastated Areas of New York City
November 5, 2012
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
NEW YORK – The Maine Forest Ranger Incident Management Team (ME-IMT), mobilized to New York City on Oct. 31, has been successful in helping with the relief efforts for survivors of Hurricane Sandy. For the last few days, the team, made up of seven Maine Forest Service (MFS) forest rangers, a chief deputy sheriff and a communications specialist, has worked in a coastal area of the borough of Queens that was devastated by the storm surge and still without power.
“We have seen a lot of devastated areas hit hard from Hurricane Sandy,” said MFS Forest Ranger Jeff Currier, ME-IMT incident commander. “We are glad to be here and helping those in need. If the tables were turned, I’m sure our friends in New York would help us with a large-scale disaster in Maine.”
Many federal, state and city agencies are working together to provide much-needed supplies to those affected by the storm. The Maine IMT members are using their expertise in managing large-scale incidents to help organize and distribute much needed supplies such as food, water and blankets.
MFS forest rangers, under the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, also have visited dozens of emergency distribution sites and helped solve problems, such as making sure an engine assigned to the incident was delivered to one of the coastal volunteer fire departments. In this case, the storm surge had ruined the fire department’s vehicles and local firefighters had nothing with which to respond to fire and rescue calls.
Despite the evacuation order from the New York City Mayor’s Office, thousands of people remain in these areas, trying to clean up the mess from the storm. With the recent colder temperatures, there have been several structure fires and medical calls from people being careless with candles and generators.
The Maine IMT currently is working out of its Mobile Command Vehicle, which is located at the Logistic Staging Area at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. Team members fortunately were able to get fuel for their trucks at this location. New York City residents currently are dealing with a gasoline shortage, due to the lack of power at the refineries.
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(Photos courtesy of the Maine Forest Service)The Mobile Command Vehicle used by the Maine Forest Service Incident Management Team, on location in New York City to help Hurricane Sandy victims, is lined up with other Maine Forest Service vehicles at Floyd Bennett Field Logistical Staging Area in, Brooklyn, New York City. The nine-member team is working in the Rockaway area of Queens.
Sand covers a roadway in the Rockaway area of Queens, which was devastated last week by Hurricane Sandy. The nine-member Maine Forest Service Incident Management Team is on location in New York City to help those victims in one of the most damaged areas of the city.