Virginia Beach, Va. – The Virginia Beach-based Urban Search and Rescue team Virginia Task Force 2 will return home Tuesday night after helping Hurricane Sandy victims in New York City.
The team left on October 30th and worked in the Rockaway Section of Queens and Staten Island in neighborhoods that suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy.
The team provided damage assessments and health and welfare checks to the residents of 5,193 structures. They also provided humanitarian assistance (passed out 3,985 blankets, 2,700 jackets, 2,933 cases of water, 644 meals, 1,500 sets of baby clothes, and 75 sets of adult clothes
Their mission shifted to humanitarian relief after all of the damaged structures were searched.
Nine different FEMA USAR Teams responded to provide relief efforts and included VA-1 (Fairfax), Ohio-1 (Columbus), Pennsylvania-1 (Harrisburg), Massachusetts-1 (Beverly), Indiania-1 (Marion County), Tennessee-1 (Memphis), Missouri-1 (Boone County), New York-1 (NYC), and VA-2 (Hampton Roads).