Kansas Sends More Help To East Coast

In Baltimore's Fells Point waterfront neighborhood, some streets near the harbor, normally filled with the cars of residents and visitors, are deserted, Oct. 29, 2012, as city officials ordered cars to be moved from low-lying areas.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - More help is headed from the Heartland to the East Coast.

The Kansas Adjutant General's Office says two workers with the Kansas Division of Emergency Management left Wednesday for New York State, where they'll assist with disaster recovery operations.

The workers are Brandt Haehn, planning and mitigation branch from Topeka and Jacob Gray, state hazard mitigation officer from Mayetta. They'll help primarily with recovery logistics.

Haehn and Gray are deploying under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a multistate emergency management support agreement that expedites disaster assistance between states.

“It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement,” said Angee Morgan, deputy KDEM director. “New York will be receiving some of our best and this is great practical experience for them.”

The two workers are in addition to a state Incident Management Team that left Monday to assist in the Emergency Operations Center in Maryland.

In addition, Westar Energy sent more than 40 workers to Pennsylvania to assist with power restoration.