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State of Utah employees to help Hurricane Irma recovery

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Three State of Utah employees will deploy this weekend to help with hurricane recovery. They’ll focus on serving people and animals after Hurricane Irma. 

“There is a lot of work to still be done,” Brian Nelson said.

Nelson expects to use his training at the Department of Human Services to help recovery efforts behind the scenes in Tallahassee, Florida.

He’ll likely coordinate the transition from temporary to more permanent shelters for evacuees, distribute food and supplies and reunite families and pets. 

“A lot of papers to push, a lot of paperwork to fill out, a lot of coordinating and liaising with other agencies,” Nelson said.

Nelson will work with fellow Department of Human Services employee Tyson Walker. 

Thayne Mickelson from the Department of Agriculture and Food will also accompany them for the 16-day mission.

“I’m excited for the opportunity. It is a great experience. I know that we will come back with a wealth of knowledge. The opportunity to do it in the real world is really going to be different than what we do in roleplay here in Utah,” Nelson said.

Nelson and the other men are expected to come back to Utah on October 10. 

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