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Groups from Kansas head east to help with Hurricane Sandy preparations, provide support

October 28, 2012

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An air-refueling tanker from Andrews Air Force Base sits next to a Kansas Air National Guard tanker in Topeka. Six KC-135 tankers and crews from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, located 10 miles outside of Washington, D.C., are being sheltered at Forbes Field in Topeka to wait out Hurricane Sandy, which is forecast to affect much of the East Coast and the nation’s capital this week. The planes arrived in Topeka on Sunday morning.

An air-refueling tanker from Andrews Air Force Base sits next to a Kansas Air National Guard tanker in Topeka. Six KC-135 tankers and crews from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, located 10 miles outside of Washington, D.C., are being sheltered at Forbes Field in Topeka to wait out Hurricane Sandy, which is forecast to affect much of the East Coast and the nation’s capital this week. The planes arrived in Topeka on Sunday morning.

As residents along the East Coast make their way inland to safer areas before Hurricane Sandy strikes this week, some Kansas residents are heading east to assist with preparations for the storm, which has the potential to be one of the most dangerous ever recorded.

Volunteers and emergency responders from a state Incident Management Team, Westar Energy and the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross will provide support before and after the hurricane hits.

According to the Kansas Adjutant General’s Office, the Incident Management Team, a group of emergency responders who can provide support with planning, logistics, operations, safety and finance/administration, arrived in Maryland on Sunday to work in the state’s Emergency Operations Center. The team will return to Kansas on Nov. 12.

Sandy is expected to come ashore tonight or early Tuesday along the New Jersey coast and then cut across into Pennsylvania and travel up through New York state on Wednesday. Rain began falling Sunday afternoon in coastal areas of North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

Westar Energy volunteers spent Saturday night in Ohio; when the weather clears, the team will travel to its final destination in Pennsylvania. The team of 44 linemen, supervisors, safety and support personnel will assist UGI Utilities and will help to restore power after Sandy has passed.

Douglas County’s Red Cross chapter is sending one volunteer, Rick Farrier. Farrier will be deployed for three weeks, which is part of the reason he is the only volunteer from the Douglas County chapter.

“There are very few who are in the position to up and leave for three weeks,” Jane Blocher, executive director of the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross, said.

Farrier is trained in a variety of areas including driving emergency response vehicles and bulk distribution; however he will not know his assignment until the day he is actively recruited to help. Blocher said she expects him to leave to help in the next day or so.

“Flights are very, very hard to schedule, so for now the only recruiting they (Red Cross officials) are doing for the next day or so are those within a four-hour drive,” Blocher said. “When the flight restrictions open up a bit, that’s when he’ll go.”

Cellphone provider Sprint, based in Overland Park, is preparing for the storm by mobilizing its network disaster recovery staff. The company is staging Sprint emergency response team personnel and resources to serve customers and lessen the impact to the network from the storm.

The Kansas National Guard is also pitching in by sheltering military aircraft in Topeka. Six KC-135 tankers and crews from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland arrived Sunday at Forbes Field, according to a news release from Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, state adjutant general and director of Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

“Kansas has been the recipient of a lot of assistance in the past, so we are happy to be able to help the East Coast in its time of need,” Tafanelli said. “We’ll continue to monitor requests from our counterparts in the affected states and determine what other assistance we can provide.”

— The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Comments

Liberty275 1 year, 5 months ago

Apparently, non-union electrical workers are showing up in union states and being told they can't help.

We need a federal right-to-work law that will reduce unions to picnic organizers

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 5 months ago

What I've not heard addressed yet is the looming problem of thousands of old building that contain asbestos and have received water damage. That cleanup will keep people employed for ages.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 5 months ago

You DO realize that with the current death toll at 33 (according to CNN) Sandy is small potatoes compared to other hurricanes? Katrina killed around 1,800 people. The 1928 Okeechobee hurricane killed around 2,500 people in Florida. The death toll for the 1900 Galveston hurricane is estimated anywhere from 6,000 to 12,000. Of course, if you have the historical perspective of a mayfly, Sandy is the worst thing that ever happened.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 5 months ago

I seem to recall some folks on the sinister side of the aisle hoping Tampa would get whacked by a hurricane while the Republican convention was going on. Sauce, goose. Sauce, gander.

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thuja 1 year, 5 months ago

Here, Tweek, calm down. Have some coffee...

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 5 months ago

L1: "It ain't that bad, just a bunch of rain so far. The news likes disaster coverage and I wonder if they over-hype this kind of stuff for ratings...."

Not only is water pouring into the subway system but NYU Medical Center has transferred all of it's patients to Columbia when they lost power and their back up generators failed.
The Lower East Side is under water as well as parts of the Bronx and half the city is without power with prospects of more power failures. The Hudson River is 12.5 feet over flood stage and receiving surges from BOTH ends.
But according to L1, it's "over-hyped".

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 5 months ago

And yet the clueless repubublicans continue their mantra....."What global warming"

Ain't no such thing, Rush Limbaugh told me so.

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neworleans 1 year, 5 months ago

Yes; they need to evacuate; and go to their 2nd or 3rd home in Florida; or California....

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Briseis 1 year, 5 months ago

The President has left Florida early saying he was cutting his campaign short to assist in eliminating all the government bureaucracy to save Americans in New Jersey. I hope that he does a better job helping save Americans in New Jersey than he did for the Americans in Libya.

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somedude20 1 year, 5 months ago

"lawrenceguy40 4 hours, 31 minutes ago It should not go unnoticed that all of the states about to be hit are blue states. This should be taken as a warning from God, not just for the liberals in the east, but for the rest of us. Next week God's will will be done - He is sending a message and we would do well as a nation to heed it. 7" and Jerry Falwell said this:

"And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen." You guys are two things from the same pod and both of your messages are equally disgusting!!!!!

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 5 months ago

Scores of Twitter users have flooded the social networking site announcing their plans to go on looting sprees once Hurricane Sandy makes landfall. In times like these, it's good to know we have Second Amendment rights in this country. Rights that Obama wants to take away if re-elected.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 5 months ago

Well, the religious wingnuts are already out in force, blaming it on "the gays" and "the libruls".
I actually DO hope that Romney (who thinks disaster relief is a crime and wants to completely do away with FEMA and defund the NOAA) responds to this with just a tad more sensitivity than what he did to Hurricane Irene, when he told a woman to "go home and call 211", despite the fact that she had no more home to go to and there was no electricity or phone service.

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notaubermime 1 year, 5 months ago

Kudos to them for offering assistance. Spend enough time on these boards and you forget that some people still see us all as Americans.

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks for your service and be careful.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 5 months ago

If you're not Dennis Quaid's son, you're in a heap of trouble.

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clovis_sangrail 1 year, 5 months ago

And now Westar's excuse when it takes three hours to restore power after some squirrel has fried itself is that everyone was out of state helping with hurricane Sandy.

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kernal 1 year, 5 months ago

Where's the thumbs down symbol?

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Liberty_One 1 year, 5 months ago

It ain't that bad, just a bunch of rain so far. The news likes disaster coverage and I wonder if they over-hype this kind of stuff for ratings....

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rockchalker52 1 year, 5 months ago

Mother Nature, God & Politics - all in a single thread. I know which one I'm betting on.

Sandy is lookin' nasty.

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lawrenceguy40 1 year, 5 months ago

It should not go unnoticed that all of the states about to be hit are blue states. This should be taken as a warning from God, not just for the liberals in the east, but for the rest of us.

Next week God's will will be done - He is sending a message and we would do well as a nation to heed it.

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 5 months ago

So far, each of the three comments made violate the terms of agreement by being completely off topic. Add mine to that list and have them all removed. Then perhaps someone could give a thank you to those out helping others.

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wysiwyg69 1 year, 5 months ago

cait48... you are so jealous of what other people have worked for, get out of your gov. housing, get a job , and get your own.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 5 months ago

It would be unfortunate if all those blue states had power outages on election day.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 5 months ago

Twitter #RomneyStormTips

"Everyone in the path of the hurricane should head to their second or third home to safety!"
"Make sure the dog carrier on top of your car really is waterproof."
"If it's a "legitimate storm" homes have a way of shutting down all that damage."
"Everyone chill out... Sandy will end earlier than expected... she has dinner to get on the table."
We are currently on the phone with the Red Cross helping them set up temporary tax cut shelters for #Sandy
Remember, if you're in Ohio and thinking of voting early for Obama, don't leave the house! #MittStormTips #Sandy
Attn residents of Manhattan you must self deport the island before #Sandy gets here #RomneysStormTips
Sandy just shut down Wall Street on Monday... Hurricanes are socialists and anti-free market
Make sure if your wife has a couple of Cadillacs they are safely stored up high via your car elevators. #RomneyStormTips #Sandy

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