Hurricane Sandy Through the Eyes of an Emergency Responder

Hurricane Sandy Through the Eyes of an Emergency Responder


Roy Crowe is the regional emergency management officer in GSA Region 2, which covers New York and New Jersey. His role is to ensure the region is prepared to respond to national emergencies, like Hurricane Sandy. He has worked at GSA for 9 years, after retiring from the Navy in 2003.

When your job involves emergency management, there will be times when you will be called upon to spend days away from your own home and family during a crisis, even one that impacts you personally.

I am proud and privileged to work alongside my GSA teammates in response to Hurricane Sandy. Many of us have sustained extensive damage to our own property and homes. But, I’m confident my family can deal with any issues in my absence and allow me to continue working at the FEMA Regional Response Coordination Center that has been operating out of the Earle Naval Weapons Station in Earle, New Jersey.

Even before the storm hit landfall, members of our team have been spending long days and nights working at the response coordination center. We’re working with dozens of employees from a number of federal agencies. At GSA, we are in a unique position to respond to a national emergency because of our role in support and restore federal operations.

Our GSA team is working on providing a wide variety of requirements that will support the recovery efforts after natural disasters.  We have been working on procuring generators, drying fans, pumps, leasing space locations for other operations, light towers, finding rooms for the additional first responders that are coming here from other areas, getting gas for emergency services and other government vehicles, and so much more to support the agencies and communities affected by the storm.

GSA employees are well-trained and prepared when it comes to responding to emergency situations. We routinely run practice exercises on how we would support relief efforts during natural disasters. In the days before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the New York/New Jersey area, members of our regional emergency management team and other employees were pre-positioned in locations to support our federal buildings, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other responders’ needs, and we’ll be here as long as necessary.

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