Local Red Cross Sending Resources to Coast
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CREATED Oct. 29, 2012
GREEN BAY, WI -- Hurricane Sandy is having an impact on people right here in Northeast Wisconsin.
The Regional Red Cross has already sent two volunteers to the East Coast, and two more will leave Tuesday morning. There are plenty of others on standby, ready to help in the areas hardest hit by the storm.
“That’s what that Red Cross means, it's that symbol of hope,” said Jody Weyers, Communications Director at the Red Cross.
About 17 volunteers from Northeast Wisconsin are on standby, and could head to the east coast in the next 48 hours, possibly gone for two to three weeks.
“They're willing to put their lives on hold, they're willing to leave their loved ones,” said Weyers.
Right now, it's a waiting game to see where the most damage is after the storm makes landfall.
"Be flexible; be flexible, because we are dealing with disaster," with Weyers.
Two volunteers are already on the coast, and two more leave Tuesday in the emergency response vehicle. They’re heading to New York to hand out hot meals.
“This is where people can come in and they can help and make a real impact and save a life,” said Michelle Otero, who works with the Red Cross blood services.
Otero said there's something the community can do right here, donate blood.
“There are people in those hospitals right now, not even a part of the hurricane, but they're at the location, and they need this blood product and it's our job to get it there,” said Otero.
Centers on the east coast have already canceled a hundred blood drives in just two hours. Now this Wisconsin location is sending a vital resource.
“We're asking everyone to have a little patience with us, because we do expect more people,” said Otero.
And whether it's being a volunteer or donating blood or money, the Red Cross said they're just trying to do their part for those affected by the storm.
“In the midst of this chaos and situation, there are people out there that care for them,” said Weyers.