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Louisiana Troopers Going to New Jersey
As people on the east coast continue clean-up efforts, I was pleased to read a news story this morning reporting that two dozen Louisiana state troopers are on their way to New Jersey to help with the Hurricane Sandy response.
State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said Sunday he spent most of the LSU-Alabama game working on the details of the deployment.
At 3 a.m. Sunday, 25 troopers in 10 cars left for New Jersey. The troopers will help with security and public safety.
New Jersey State Police requested help through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, or EMAC, which calls for other states to provide resources during a disaster.
Sending troopers to the Sandy-area repays assistance that New Jersey provided after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
Col. Mike Edmonson said “When New Jersey’s Col. (Rick) Fuentes called me asking for help, it was the quickest and easiest decision I’ve made in this position. Partnerships have been a pillar of our success in Louisiana and the value of those partnerships doesn’t stop at the state border.”
It’s reported that Hurricane Sandy left more than a million New Jersey residents in the dark and killed at least 23.
We continue to pray all who were affected by Sandy.