Alaska sends emergency manager to New York

Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- One of Alaska's emergency managers is being sent to New York to aid in the recovery efforts there.

Jim Harris, who normally works in Anchorage for the Division of Emergency Services, will be heading east for a two-week shift.

But he's heading for Albany, N.Y., and then the big city itself, to help relieve those who have been coordinating the emergency response.

''These folks in New York proper and all the others who have supported this effort have been working some long hours,'' Harris said. ''This is an opportunity to refresh them, to let them get a little bit of rest then come back and take over that situation.''

It's not clear exactly what he'll do, Harris said, but he'll be working at the emergency operations center in New York City for about two weeks.

After that, Harris said, he expects someone from Alaska will come in to replace him.

''This has the potential to be a long, drawn-out process,'' Harris said. ''But the outpouring of willingness to help and support this in Alaska has been tremendous.''

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