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FEMA center in Atlanta aids in Sandy aftermath

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FEMA workers in Atlanta are busy getting supplies prepared to ship out to victims of superstorm Sandy.

Trucks lined up outside the FEMA Distribution Center in Atlanta on Thursday, ready to haul supplies to Sandy's victims.

"I was actually driving through parts of the hurricane when it went came through Pennsylvania and Ohio. So, I got to experience some of the winds and the rain and everything," said U.S. Express driver Diane Bish.

Bish said that she's just happy to be part of something bigger than herself.

"I can imagine that they're hurting pretty bad over there in New York and New Jersey and Rhode Island and areas where it happened, so anything we can do to help, I'm glad to do it," said Bish.

Inside the warehouse, workers were busy packing securing water, meals and cots for storm survivors, while forklifts loaded the trucks with the emergency supplies.

"Within 20 minutes or so, we get them loaded, process the paperwork and get them on the road," said Mitchell Richardson.

FEMA's Atlanta Distribution Center is the only one of its kind in the southeast. Workers there have to be ready at a moment's notice to respond to disasters all along the eastern seaboard.

FEMA spokeswoman Mary Olsen says workers were preparing for the storm even before it struck.

"That way when state and local governments need to backfill their own supplies, we were right there ready to go, ready to get these critical resources such as food and water out to the people who were impacted," said Olsen.

Nationwide, more than 300,000 liters of water and more than 185,000 meals are have gone to the disaster areas in the northeast.

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