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RIEMA Volunteers Help With Recovery Efforts in NYC

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By: Melissa Toupin


Answering a call for help. Three staff members from the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency in Cranston are on their way to New York tonight. ABC6 caught up with the men just minuets before they left.

The devastation in Rhode Island pales in comparison to what residents of New York City are left dealing with one week after Hurricane Sandy.

"Little bit tired, you know, because we've been working long for the last couple of weeks, but I'm excited," said Armand Randolph of Cranston. "You know we're coming to help another state."

Bottles of water, sleeping bags and electrical cords fill their SUV. Kenneth Baker, Raymond Laprad, and Armand Randolph, all of the Rhode Island EMA headed towards the devastation to help with recovery.

"We're not quite sure what our mission is right now, but we're all really sure of our capability," said Kenneth Baker of North Providence.

They've deployed before, but this is different. From angry residents fighting for gasoline to massive power outages still in effect.

"That's just something you've got to get over. And that's something we have to help them with. That's our job," said Baker.

Even with the threat of a costal storm later this week the EMA volunteers say there's no hesitation in leaving Rhode Island for 9 days. The state, for the most pat, is stabilized. FEMA is also working along side RIEMA.

"We'll be getting trained up and also getting our experience up, so when we come back we'll have something to share with the citizens of the state," said Raymond Laprad of Warwick.

The volunteers are heading to New York City knowing they will face many of the same challenges as residents. Food may not be available. Power and water are unlikely.

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