Illinois Emergency Resources to Help in Sandy Relief Efforts

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SPRINGFIELD -- The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has the whole country pulling together to help out. That includes some emergency managers from here in Illinois. 

A team of 13 local managers are going to New York City to help run the emergency operations center.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency director Jonathon Monken says it's a welcomed opportunity to help people that need. The crews Illinois sends will also gain invaluable experience.

"That's really where the most experience lies is: at the local level. That's what we're tapping into here through the state of Illinois, grabbing these local emergency managers that are well accomplished in their fields, have a lot of great experience and can really use that," said Monken.

That group will be deployed for fourteen days straight to give some relief to New York City area emergency staffers that have been working non-stop for the past four days.

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