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Texomans on East Coast Brace for Storm

Sandy is packing a punch after making landfall on the East Coast with winds blowing around 90 miles per hour. Some Texomans are on the East Coast, experiencing the full brunt of the storm.
For the better part of a week, officials have been preparing for what's being called one of the worst storms in history.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has called in ambulance units from around the Nation as the East Coast braces for the worst.

"As that request came in, we have at this point deployed 350 units into the theater of operation," said Doug Moore, the Public Information Officer with American Medical Response, "70% of those are advanced life support ambulances, and 30% are basic life support ambulances."

Moore said AMR has responded to numerous disasters since Hurricane Katrina, and his ambulance units have the experience necessary to get the job done, but as with any disaster scenario, Moore said safety is a top priority.

"We really watch the storm to see what it's doing, and we make sure those care-givers are in a safe spot," said Moore, "because if they end up in a dangerous situation, they can't respond to help other people. So our primary focus is safety right now."

"They're saying the local rivers are going to crest anywhere from 10-20 feet above flood stage," said Dr. Karen Polvado, the Chair of MSU's Wilson School of Nursing.

Dr. Polvado is in Washington, DC.

She was supposed to be flying out Tuesday afternoon, but on Sunday she found out her flight was cancelled.

So for the last few days, she's been stockpiling water, waiting for Sandy to hit.

"The run on the stores started here on Saturday evening, ad they said that pretty much the local stores have been depleted of all non-perishable food, bottled water and that sort of thing," said Dr. Polvado, "I'm planning on actually filling my bath tub full of water, just in case, but I do have plenty of bottled water to sustain me for a few days."

Dr. Polvado said most of the Nation's Capitol is a ghost town.

The transit system is shut down and schools, businesses, even government offices have all closed.

The only large gathering of people she knows about is the dozens of power trucks staging in Maryland in preparation of a possible widespread black out.

"There's a lot of big trees here," said Dr. Polvado, "and it takes just a little bit of wind to knock them down.  So they're expecting thousands to be without electricity."

Dr. Polvado said despite what's happening around her, she's not scared.

She said she knew the storm was coming, and now it's just a matter of waiting for it to pass.

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