Hoosiers Get “Thanks” On Hurricane Sandy Anniversary
October 29, 2013 — Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security says today that a group of four emergency responders from Indiana returned to Long Beach, New York for a celebration that marked the one-year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy and that thanked the responders who came to the area’s aid.
IDHS says the group includes Munster’s Franciscan Alliance Nurse and Emergency Preparedness and Bioterrorism Coordinator Lori Postma, Porter County Telecommunications Dispatcher Paige Connelly, Porter County Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Mike Weber and Indiana University Director of Emergency Management and Continuity Diane Mack.
“You couldn’t imagine that you would make that great a difference in just two weeks, but everyone remembered us,” said Postma. “It was emotional for us because we never got to see the end result, but everyone remembered us; we were treated like long lost family returning home.”
IDHS says they saw people that they had helped when responding to the East Coast natural disaster almost a year ago. During the event, a letter was read from Governor Mike Pence to the City of Long Beach, expressing the honor it was for Indiana to help neighbors on the East Coast, and supporting the recovery process.