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Tri-State volunteers heading to disaster-ridden East coast, EMA Director included

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This is the first time in 22 years Vanderburgh Co.'s EMA Director has been deployed out-of-state. This is the first time in 22 years Vanderburgh Co.'s EMA Director has been deployed out-of-state.

A new wave of local volunteers are being called to the East coast.

An estimated 36 people from Indiana Emergency Management agencies are leaving Friday night. Eight from our area.

The main director at the Vanderburgh County EMA Office is among those being deployed. He and others will replace crews who have been on the east coast for weeks.

"It was our job to go through and find homes that still had people in them," said Chief of Operations for the Evansville Fire Department Cliff Weaver.

Weaver just returned from Long Island. He was on the East coast for nine days serving on a FEMA urban search and rescue team.

"We did find dozens of people who needed assistance because they were stranded in their own homes," said Weaver.

Weaver is now home to rest.

New volunteers being deployed in his place, including Vanderburgh County's EMA Director Sherman Greer.

This is the first time in 22 years Vanderburgh County's EMA Director has been deployed out-of-state.

"This is not happened before, I don't think, to have a hurricane come in from the South and then a Northeaster from the Northeast right on top of that is a one, two punch that nobody was expecting," noted Greer. 

The volunteer deployment is expected to last 14 days. Emergency crews plan to help with administration for debris clean-up in an area that was hit with a 12-foot wall of water.

"Debris management is going to be weeks and months as you can imagine whole neighborhoods with all their furniture, dry wall, carpet out in the streets waiting to be picked up, we're talking tens of thousands of homes," Weaver said.

"I'm excited to go, this is where I get all the practice and training to work, this is where I can see if I need to go back to the book, it's going to be a great educational experience," Greer said.

The volunteers are expected to depart from Indianapolis Friday night at 6:00 p.m.

While the Emergency Management Director is away, the local fire departments will be in charge should an emergency happen here.

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