MADISON, Wis. -

Governor Scott Walker is praising Wisconsin utility and telecom companies that are sending technicians and support staff to help people on the East Coast affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The governor’s offices said about 700 people from Wisconsin companies have been deployed or are deploying to impacted states as part of mutual aid assistance programs.

Walker plans to increase trucking weight limits as needed for companies sending relief assistance materials to help victims on the east coast.

“It is heart wrenching to see the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy,” Governor Walker said in a statement.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims as they recover from this devastating storm, and we are proud of Wisconsinites and Wisconsin companies stepping up to help out their fellow Americans during this time of need.”

The governor’s office also noted that Wisconsin Emergency Management wants to remind first responders to not self-deploy to the areas out East impacted by the recent storm. Wisconsin is part of the national Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which coordinates deployment in support of response and recovery efforts. Impacted states are making requests through EMAC for various first responder resources and emergency management teams to ensure a coordinated response.