Wisconsin Hopes of Hurricane Recovery
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Bellevue-- A renewed "Call for Help" as Collin Coffelt returns home after two weeks in Long Island. He says Sandy victims still need our help. "This is a bad situation and people really need to get involved," says Coffelt, a licensed electrician. He was working for a FEMA sub-contractor, organizing generators, giving emergency power to police, fire stations and nursing homes. In the days following Sandy, tensions were rising on the priority of "power."
Police convoys were needed in order to deliver generators to gas stations. "When the gas stations don't have the power to pump it, well, that causes some issues. I saw on the news while out there that, one guy was shot at a gas station," Coffelt recalls.
Even as thousands of people are still without power Coffelt says the disaster response of FEMA has greatly improved since the very harsh criticism it faced in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Still, "A lot of people there have no heat and it's getting cold, it's that time of year. And again, any help that can come from around here I'm sure they will appreciate it."