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Ogle generators headed east to help with Sandy

Published: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 12:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 1:25 p.m. CDT
Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn confers with Curtis Hawk from the McLean County Emergency Management Agency. Hawk was part of the crew picking up generators Nov. 9 to go to areas of the East Coast that remain out of electricity after Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Vinde Wells
An Illinois Emergency Management Agency official directs a driver as he backs up to hook up to a generator Nov. 9 at the Ogle County Sheriff's Department. The generators were donated to areas of the East Coast hit by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Vinde Wells
Ogle County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Candace Humphrey watches Nov. 9 as Sheriff Michael Harn signs the paperwork to donate generators to the East Coast. Photo by Vinde Wells

Six generators from Ogle County have been shipped to victims of Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast last month.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) officials arrived at the Ogle County Sheriff's Office early Nov. 9 to pick up six generators, which were soon headed for areas where electrical power has yet to be restored.

"We're donating the generators at the request of IEMA," said Sheriff Michael Harn.

Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the eastern seaboard in late October. Especially hard hit were areas of New York and New Jersey.

Approximately a week later a winter storm Athena left as much as a foot of snow on some of the areas still trying to recover from the hurricane.

The generators, which were obtained from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS), were intended for use throughout Ogle County in case a natural or manmade disaster interrupted electrical service to the region, Harn said.

He said the donation will not leave Ogle County without emergency generators should a disaster occur.

"More are available if needed, " Harn said. "There's still other generators in the bank in Illinois." 

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