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Local responders help with Sandy relief

Lafayette area first responders are lending a hand to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Three Purdue Fire Department employees and Jefferson Howells from the university’s Office of Emergency Preparedness deployed with the District Four Task Force to provide EMS support.

The state is sending 107 Hoosiers and 44 vehicles – including 24 ambulances – to the East Coast.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security director Joe Wainscott says the storm’s impact on travel will hinder the state’s ability to send additional resources.

State workers likely will remain out east for about two weeks.

Officials predict the hurricane will impact 50-million people living in the coastal states.