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US Forest Service Provides Support for Hurricane Sandy Clean-up Efforts in New York City

U.S. Forest Service staff loads relief supplies for New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy.

U.S. Forest Service staff loads relief supplies for New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy.

At the height of the hurricane response effort, approximately 1,200 interagency firefighters organized by the U.S. Forest Service were sent to the impacted areas to provide assistance to communities in need. There are many incredible stories to tell of their work, with one fine example coming from a team dispatched from Portland, Ore.

Known officially as the Portland National Incident Management Organization or PDX NIMO, the team was part of the Debris Recovery Task Force set up by the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

The Task Force’s primary job was to find, bring in, track and push out hundreds of pieces of heavy equipment to help beleaguered New Yorkers unbury themselves after the storm. As of November 10th, NIMO and the Task Force pushed over 2700 pieces of private and military equipment onto the streets of New York City to help in the clean-up.

In an effort to try and bring some structure to the debris removal process, Forest Service firefighters use familiar tools and technical language helping aid workers from New York to work effectively with NIMO teams.

“Some team flexibility was necessary,” said Kris Eriksen. “A willingness to use language familiar to New York emergency responders instead of the ICS nomenclature with which teams are most familiar and the Portland team found a group of very professional, very skilled and very welcoming New Yorkers, willing to accept what the team had to offer.”

Forest Service personnel  transfer supplies to be used by Hurricane Sandy victims in New York City.

Forest Service personnel transfer supplies to be used by Hurricane Sandy victims in New York City.

Grapplers, dump trucks, front end loader, roll on-roll offs, large dumpsters, skid steers, backhoes, self-loaders, long haul trucks, railroad cars and barges were all part of the huge push of heavy equipment thrust onto the streets of New York City to try and get all five boroughs cleaned up.

The debris was not only from homes that were destroyed, but a large part of recovery was putting the beach back where it started.  Cleaning, sorting, sifting and returning sand that covered portions of Rockaway, Staten Island and many other areas are still underway.  It’s estimated that over 3,600,000 cubic yards of debris will be the result of Hurricane Sandy, and removing it is far from over.

To find out more about how you can help the residents of New York City recover from Hurricane Sandy, click here.

4 Responses to “US Forest Service Provides Support for Hurricane Sandy Clean-up Efforts in New York City”

  1. Mukhtar says:

    Best Job ever seen. Please keep it up.

  2. john says:

    US Govt did best job during hurricane Sandy. I have seen picture of this hurricane on http://www.phdguy.com. Great work by USA Govt.

  3. Christina says:

    I think this is great that the forest service helped out. It’s terrible that hurricane Sandy hit the east coast so hard. all those lost jobs too. I did notice the job listings on Granted.com the did have quite a few. the site was very easy to navigate through.

  4. Elsen NTUMBA says:

    I really really appreciate this way of coming togheter this is right to say you guys are one as one people. God bless you and may God bless the United Satets of America

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