California Disaster Workers Arriving in Florida
Just as residents of the Florida panhandle are fleeing their homes in anticipation of Hurricane Ivan, California disaster workers are arriving to help with recovery efforts.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
The state Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova yesterday sent five disaster recovery specialists to Florida to help in the aftermath of the hurricanes. Spokesman Eric Lamoureux (LAMB-row) says they’ll be helping local officials with damage assessment. We don’t get hurricanes in California and so we’re taking our knowledge in earthquakes, fires and floods and applying it to a disaster. The consequences are similar but it’ll be good experience for our folks. One of the specialists, David Gillings, says the work they do can take it’s toll emotionally. So yeah, emotions are, they’re always there. All you can do is deal with it and help them to go through it. None of this is very nice. This is the second group of O-E-S employees sent to Florida. Over the weekend, five emergency managers arrived in Tallahassee. Governor Schwarzenegger says he’s committed to sending resources to help Florida in the ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricanes Charley and Frances and in anticipation of Hurricane Ivan. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.