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Two area nurses join North Dakota Hurricane Florence response team

Two volunteers from this area are part of an emergency medical response group that will help victims of Hurricane Florence in Raleigh, N.C., for the next two weeks.

James Klava, registered nurse and paramedic, Grand Forks, and Sarah Bushaw, registered nurse, Oslo, Minn., flew out of Grand Forks on Wednesday and are scheduled to return Oct. 3, according to Tim Wiedrich, chief of the North Dakota health department's Emergency Preparedness and Response section.

They will join other nurses, paramedics and emergency medical technicians to help hurricane victims in medical shelters that have been set up in Raleigh and possibly other locations in North Carolina, said Jennifer Skjod, the North Dakota health department's public information officer.

The 28-member group was organized by the North Dakota Department of Health under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a state-to-state mutual aid system established by Congress.

"Other states often look to North Dakota to help with disaster response efforts because of our knowledge and experience," Wiedrich said in a news release.

North Carolina requested the specialized teams through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which allows disaster-impacted states to request and receive assistance from other member states quickly and efficiently, he said.

North Carolina will reimburse North Dakota's costs as outlined in the EMAC request, Wiedrich said.

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