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Fri November 2, 2012
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Tennesseans Pitch-in to Aid Hurricane Sandy Survivors

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennesseans are at work on the East Coast, helping get Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts underway.

The Church of Christ Disaster Relief ministry in Nashville says it’s already sent two semi-trailer loads of emergency food supplies to locations in New York and New Jersey.  Two more truckloads will be leaving Nashville Friday. Volunteers were in the ministry’s warehouse Friday morning filling additional boxes with food.

Brentwood based disaster response group Hope Force has an assessment team in Ocean City, New Jersey. Hope Force will rotate some of its pre-trained disaster reservists into the area over the coming weeks and months, including many from here in Middle Tennessee.

Hope Force Co-Founder Jack Minton says the damage he’s seeing there in Ocean City was caused primarily by storm-surge water. He says the effected homes look very similar to what Tennesseans had to deal with following devastating floods in 2010.

The Williamson County based organization has about a 1000 trained disaster reservists located here in Tennessee and around the country.