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Calcasieu OEP sends two employees to help with Sandy recovery

Last Modified: Monday, November 05, 2012 9:53 PM

By John Guidroz / American Press

Two employees of the Calcasieu Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness will head to Albany, N.Y., for a seven-day recovery assignment to assist areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, which caused major damage in several states along the Atlantic coast last week.

Norman Bordeau, OEP operations manager, and Rob Daughdril, the office’s emergency medical service specialist, are part of a five-person team that is responding to the immediate needs in the areas affected by Sandy, OEP Director Dick Gremillion said Monday.

The New York State Office of Emergency Management requested help through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which asks emergency agencies to help areas impacted by a disaster. Gremillion said the team will help local officials prepare for all of the issues that arise following a devastating storm.

“Sometimes, you have a county emergency management agency with a small staff, and you‘re overwhelmed with all you have to do during a disaster,” he said. “Louisiana has some of the most experienced emergency personnel because of all the activity we had over the last few years. Someone who’s been through this before can judge the situation, because there’s a long list of things you don’t think about.”

Dexter Accardo, director of the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center; Kevin Davis, GOHSEP director; and Christopher Guilbeaux, GOHSEP operations manager, are traveling with Bordeau and Daughdril.

Gremillion said that Bordeau and Daughdril may be asked to stay past the seven-day period.

“This is going to be a long drawn-out affair,” he said. “Some areas are still in response mode and haven’t gone to recovery yet.”

Bordeau has 20 years of experience in emergency management. Daughdril, a registered emergency medical technician, has 35 years in emergency management.

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