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Grand Strand business sends employees to help Hurricane Sandy victims

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A local water and fire restoration company was asked to travel north in an effort to help aid the millions of people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Full Steam Ahead said a national insurance company sought the restoration company Monday asking it to send employees to Cape May, New Jersey to help with the storm's aftermath.

"They choose us based on the quality of work, responsiveness, the financial soundness of our company. Our employees have to go through drug screening tests, criminal background tests, in addition to being trained on various aspects of restoration and repairs and things of that nature," FSA Vice President Mark Ousley said.

The company's superintendent was in New Jersey Tuesday assessing the damage.

"He's basically just looking at the damage, assessing where the damage is, what needs to be done. Of course the damage is widespread. We're gonna concentrate on one certain area," Ousley said.

Ousley said the company has handled this type of disaster before, and therefore will have an idea of what to do once it arrives in New Jersey.

"The Myrtle Beach area has been through this type of thing before with Hugo. We understand what needs to be done, what it takes to do it and the process to do it to help folks out," Ousley said.

Ousley said the company will likely send 8-10 employees to help aid with restoration. Ousley said FSA will stay in NJ until their efforts are not needed anymore.

Ousley stressed to WMBF News the company will still run business as normal in the Grand Strand.

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