TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Travis aircraft spent a busy weekend shipping relief supplies, vehicles and water pumps to the East Coast to help people in New York and New Jersey recover from the devastating storm that hammered them last week.
On Monday, 9,000 blankets from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were shipped to McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. Five Nevada Energy trucks and eight people were flown Sunday to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, according to the Travis Public Affairs Office.
Five Pacific Gas & Electric Co. trucks and five Coast Guard water pumps were sent Saturday to Westover Air Reserve Base, N.Y., to help with recovery efforts there.
Early Saturday morning, six Department of Energy vehicles and seven Department of Energy maintenance workers from the Western Area Power Administration out of Sacramento flew aboard a C-5 Galaxy and a C-17 Globemaster III jet transport, according to the Travis Public Affairs Office.
The vehicles and people were sent to Hoboken, N.J., to assist in recovery efforts there as the region recovers.
This mission follows on three aircraft that were sent out of Travis on Thursday carrying more than 80 personnel to March Air Reserve Base in Southern California and to Phoenix. Both locations are serving as transport hubs for shipping people and equipment east.
Nearly 70 Southern California Edison utility company vehicles were sent from March to New York. Another 50 vehicles were sent from Phoenix to the East Coast.
Hurricane Sandy hammered the East Coast on Oct. 29, killing more than 100 people and leaving as many as six millions homes and businesses without power.
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