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Gov. Patrick authorizes MEMA to send emergency works to New York

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Gov. Deval Patrick has authorized the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to dispatch seven staff members to the New York State Emergency Operations Center in Albany to help coordinate New York's response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The request for assistance came through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which facilitates member states sending personnel and equipment to help disaster relief efforts in other states.

"Compared to other states like New York, Massachusetts was spared from the harshest impacts and devastation of Hurricane Sandy," said Patrick. "We have been fortunate, and we want to assist other states in any way we can. These committed MEMA officials will strengthen New York's recovery efforts."

The seven MEMA staff members are Operations Manager Allen Phillips, All Hazards Planner Jennifer Carlson-Benoit, Disaster Recovery Accountant Joe Harrington, Hazard Mitigation Contract Specialist Kathryn Fatherley, Administrative Assistant Maggie McKenna, Local Coordinator Heather Tecce and Grants Management Specialist David Cruz. During this two-week deployment they will be assisting New York with logistics and resources.

"In recent years, MEMA has deployed staff to Alabama, Louisiana, Florida and Washington D.C. to assist in the aftermath of tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes," said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. "This is another example of how dedicated our staff is to helping those who are impacted by a disaster."

In addition to these personnel resources, Massachusetts has deployed a search and rescue team to Connecticut and New York and sent two Blackhawk helicopters to New Jersey.

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