Local Red Cross Volunteers Head to Help Hurricane Victims

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Tallahassee, FL - November 1, 2012

The American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter is deploying two more local volunteers to assist with the relief effort from Superstorm Sandy. One volunteer is a nurse and the other being deployed with assist with mass care in New York.

Thousands of people have spent the night in hundreds of Red Cross shelters since the storm began its onslaught on the country. The Red Cross has already served more than 101,000 meals and mobilized more than 2,300 disaster workers and almost 200 Emergency Response Vehicles so far and more are being deployed.

“We are working hard to get help to where it is needed, but access into many areas is still difficult. We will expand our reach into more communities as soon as officials say it is safe. We are beginning to circulate through some communities distributing meals, water and other supplies” said Dan Samborn, CEO of the American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter.

“We have more help on the way. As roads and airports re-open and people are able to travel again, more disaster workers, vehicles and relief supplies will be arriving.”

People can send donations to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.tallyredcross.org , calling 850-878-6080 or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, 1115 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32311. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

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October 31, 2012 by Julie Montanaro

Tallahassee, FL - Volunteers are making the trek from Tallahassee to New Jersey on Halloween to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Two Red Cross volunteers are driving more than a thousand miles to New Brunswick, New Jersey.

They are driving an Emergency Response Vehcile.

Once they get there, they'll be able to hand out food, water and comfort kits to pepole who need them.

"It started out just along the beach, but not anymore. I mean there's hundreds of homes that have burned. There's millions and millions of people without power and we don't look for it to be pretty," volunteer Fred Schreiber said.

"We will be in the field, looking for people that need our assistance. We'll be going up and down the streets and we'll be able to provide any relief we can," Teresa Massey said.

The Capital Chapter of the Red Cross sent four more volunteers by plane, two nurses and two people to help in shelters.

They'll be joining 1700 more Red Cross volunteers helping out in Sandy's wide wake.

An individual can donate ten bucks to the Red Cross just by texting the word: "RedCross" to 9-0-9-9-9.

Valdosta, GA - The Red Cross's South Georgia and Flint River Chapters are sending crews North to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

They started sending crews Monday. They were headed to Virginia, but late Tuesday afternoon they were re-directed to North Brunswick, New Jersey.

They're driving in "Emergency Response Vehicles" filled with flood and medical supplies.

"We have vendors and partners who prepare the food. They load it up on the "ERV" and our crews take it out and distribute it to the folks in need," said Jack Looney, Emergency Services Program Director for the South Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross.

If you'd like to help, you can donate by texting the word "Red Cross" to 90999. Or you can go to the Red Cross' website: www.redcross.org

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