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Congressman Richard Neal meets with FEMA officials, Army Corps of Engineers

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A day after Sandy hit the Northeast, it is a waiting game for FEMA and the Army Corp of Engineers staged at Westover.

"There could be even tangential damage that was done that we wouldn't see right away," said Congressman Richard Neal.

Neal was briefed by teams staged at Westover Tuesday morning, where about 130 people have been ready since as early as Friday night ahead of the storm.

The FEMA and Army Corps trucks will be used locally, but also in some of the hardest hit parts of New England.

"A reminder for all of us who reside here in Western Massachusetts how important Westover is," Neal said.

Trailers filled with food, water and cots have been sent down to the Connecticut shoreline to begin Sandy recovery.

"We're actively working on prepping generators," said Danielle Stephens, mission manager for Emergency Power.

Industrial generators have been lined up at the base and are already being sent to Connecticut.

"Currently we have one for a hospital, we have two for waste water treatment plants and we have a pending one for a shelter," Stephens said.

As local cities and towns assess damage, crews at Westover may even have to combine with region two, encompassing New York.

"We take our orders from the region and they tell us what's going on further south and we're kind of like the store, we fill the orders to help the survivors of the disaster," said Incident Support Base Manager Bryan Toman.

Some of the crews came from as far away as Washington state to help out and could be here for at least a month.

"If there's a forest fire in Alabama, we all respond, if there's a hurricane in New England we all respond, it's part of our responsibility to the American family," Neal said.

President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration over the weekend ahead of the storm and that is expected to make access to resources much quicker.

But there is still much more assessment to be done before these crews really can respond to the full extent of the damage here in the Northeast.

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