Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team are monitoring the superstorm's destruction. On Tuesday, the team took part in rescue exercises, but they are already trained, packed and ready to go within four hours.
In Riverside, FEMA has also placed members of the Riverside Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team on alert. Paramedics, rescue specialists and emergency room physicians are among the technicians who are ready for deployment.
From Moffett Federal Airfield in Northern California, more than 100 members of the California Air National Guard are mobilizing. The 129th Rescue Wing is deploying aircraft, too, including two rescue helicopters.
First responders who are trained to set up emergency command centers have already been deployed from the Orange County Fire Authority, as well as fire departments from Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento.
In high demand are utility crews. Workers from Pacific Gas and Electric Company are on their way and Southern California Edison will send 170 electrical workers, tree trimmers and other specialists to help restore power.
You can help victims of the storm by sending relief checks for the American Red Cross to ABC7. Checks can be made out to: American Red Cross, with Sandy Relief in the memo line. Send checks to:
Superstorm Sandy Relief
P.O. Box 5967
Glendale, CA 91221