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Missouri sends SEMA team to help with Sandy relief

Monday, November 5, 2012 | 7:35 a.m. CST; updated 9:29 a.m. CST, Monday, November 5, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — An emergency management team from Missouri is headed to New York to help manage volunteers and donations in the aftermath of "Superstorm" Sandy.

Gov. Jay Nixon's office said the New York emergency management office asked for help from Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency. The request was made through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which is part of the nation's mutual aid system.

Nixon said SEMA gained valuable experience after last year's Joplin tornado in helping coordinate the efforts of hundreds of thousands of volunteers who came from all around the U.S. to help.

Statewide SEMA volunteer coordinator Dante Gliniecki is leading the team going to New York.

Nixon encouraged Missouri residents who want to help with relief efforts to donate to the American Red Cross or other disaster relief organizations


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