For Immediate Release - November 02, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK AUTHORIZES NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL TO ASSIST WITH THE HURRICANE RESPONSE AND RECOVERY IN NEW YORK CITY

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Governor Deval Patrick has authorized the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to dispatch eight members of the Massachusetts National Guard (MANG) to New York City to assist with the response and recovery from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy.  The MANG personnel will be reporting to the Staging Area in Queens, New York on Friday November 2, 2012, for a two week deployment, to assist with Warehouse Operations, managing much needed equipment and supplies. The request for assistance came through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which facilitates member states sending personnel and equipment to help disaster relief efforts in other states.

 "Massachusetts was fortunate to be spared from the harshest impacts of Hurricane Sandy, and I am so glad we are able to send this additional help," said Governor Patrick. "We stand ready to assist in any ways we can until the relief effort is complete."

“Through the EMAC system, MEMA continues to coordinate and help to fill requests from the most severely impacted states and will continue to do so throughout the response and recovery from this disaster,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.

Under EMAC, the emergency forces of any state offering assistance to another state are afforded the same rights, duties and privileges as the emergency personnel of the requesting state (except for the power of arrest). EMAC also provides for clear, predictable and standardized operating procedures for member states. The requesting state is also responsible for reimbursing the assisting state for any expenses.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Storm Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.

Also, continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA. Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA.  Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileappp.