Virginia Task Force 2 returning home after helping Sandy victims in New York City

Posted at 4:50 PM, Nov 06, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-06 16:52:07-05

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.

Photos: Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team in New York City

Virginia Beach-based first responders helping Sandy victims will be able to vote

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).