Local Volunteers Help After Sandy

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Eight Tri-Cities residents are back home after an unexpected trip to the east coast to help people struggling after Superstorm Sandy.

As the east coast was bracing for Hurricane Sandy, Nicole Zawadzki was at the Hammer facility in Richland assembling a response team to go help, including eight people locally from the Department of Energy and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Within days of the storm making landfall, the team was on its way east.  They are all volunteers, energy specialists in their day jobs.  Jim Spracklen, a program manager at PNNL in Richland, was among them.  He  was sent to Washington DC to help organize and prioritize resources.

The Hammer facility and the Department of Energy have worked together on disaster reponse since 2003.  Since then the DOE has responded to more than 40 weather related emergencies.