A team of three emergency responders from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has traveled to New Jersey to help officials there with their sheltering mission following Hurricane Sandy.

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The team will remain in New Jersey to provide technical support and advice as long as assistance is needed. DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier said Tuesday Louisiana has a team of more than 40 volunteers ready to deploy to New York if requested.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Regional Administrator Bill Ludwig also has contacted DCFS regarding the organization and structure of Louisiana's Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The program, which was authorized for Louisiana following Hurricane Isaac, will be used as a model for replication in other states affected by Hurricane Sandy if DSNAP is launched there.

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