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Hurricane Sandy may have passed and gone in Florida, but fire crews and other South Florida experts are heading up north to help out with rescue and recovery efforts.
Miami Fire Rescue members are currently at a local airport, armed with generators, tents, food, clothing, and other items, waiting for the go-ahead from the federal government to fly up to New York, according to NBC 6.
There, the crew will be able to assist with rescue efforts, as well as provide expertise on hurricane survival.
“[Northern states] deal with a lot of snow and cold weather up there, whereas down here, we’ve dealt with hurricanes, so we’re going to bring a lot of knowledge and a lot of experience up there as well,” spokesman Lt. Iggy Carroll told NBC 6.
On Sunday, three members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s vaunted Urban Search and Rescue Team flew out to Washington, DC to join FEMA's rescue efforts. According to the department’s Twitter account, they are currently working in DC, New Jersey and Connecticut with rescue operation planning.
Employees from Florida Power & Light are also rushing to aid. The company sent a convoy of more than 860 employees and contractor restoration workers, as well as 250 trucks, to help restore power from Virginia up to New Jersey, according to FPL.
The crews left from Bradenton Monday.
"Based on our experience with tropical storms and hurricanes, we understand how difficult it is for their customers to be without power and we want to help," Eric Silagy, president of FPL, said in a statement.
The American Red Cross South Florida Region has also sent aid to the north, dispatching four volunteers and AmeriCorps interns to New Jersey for two weeks. There, they will be working out of two emergency response vehicles to help feed those impacted by Hurricane Sandy -- 11,000 people spent Monday night in Red Cross shelters in 16 states.
Across the country, the Red Cross has sent more than 1,300 workers, 160 vehicles, and 230,000 ready-to-eat meals to areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy.