NEW YORK (WAVY) - 10 On Your Side was the only local Hampton Roads news outlet to send crews to New York and New Jersey, where a Virginia Beach-based FEMA task force responded.
Virginia Task Force Two, made up of 80 firefighters from Hampton Roads, has been assigned by FEMA to help with relief efforts. The urban search and rescue team has responded to practically every major natural disaster in recent years, including Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.
Crews spent two days helping out in Staten Island, going door-to-door and ensuring residents were okay and all were accounted for. Officials say a record more than 3,000 homes were visited by the crew.
"A lot of these houses, nobody's talked to them," Task Force Two member Travis Wood said. "They may have people with medical issues or haven't been able to get out of their house or get the help that they need."
As of Friday afternoon, the crew was stationed at Fort. Dix in New Jersey waiting for further orders.
A Virginia Beach woman is behind bars accused of trying to poison her children and kill herself. Only 10 On Your Side talked to Lorita Aiken's mother about the charges against her.
Camden County Sheriff Tony Perry said that during the last two weeks, incidents of breaking and entering and home or vehicle larceny have increased in two areas of the county.
A Facebook post helped Elizabeth City Police identify and locate the suspect of a hit-and-run incident involving a 3-year-old this week.