Red Cross Volunteer Returns
Barbara Behling Regional Community Development Officer American Red Cross - Northeast WI Region 515 S. Washburn Street, Suite 201 Oshkosh, WI 54904 Direct: 920-642-0404 Voice: 920-231-3590 Ext. 20 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.newPhoto: Video by nbc26.com
GREEN BAY-- A week after Hurricane Sandy pounded the east coast, millions are still without power. One local American Red Cross worker has returned home from the areas hit hardest by the hurricane, but more than 100 Red Cross volunteers from Wisconsin are still on the east coast.
Northeast Wisconsin Red Cross worker Barbara Behling was on the east coast the night the hurricane hit. "The night that it came through it literally sounded like a combination of 747's and fighter jets flying overhead, and the wind and the rain, it was like being inside a dishwasher,” Behling said.
As many as 13,000 people were staying in Red Cross shelters immediately after the storm. As of Wednesday night, there were nearly 8,000 still staying in those shelters.
There are still more than 5,800 volunteers from Wisconsin on the east coast today. 113 of those are from Wisconsin. Local volunteers will be deployed until mid-December.
“This is the largest disaster operation that the American Red Cross has responded to in the last 5 years,” said Red Cross Chapter Executive Steve Hansen.
Volunteers who left Green Bay last week in the disaster relief truck arrived in the New York area within 24 hours. "They’ve been serving hot meals on a daily basis in New York City ever since," Hansen said.
The Red Cross says the best way to help is by donating money or blood. The organization is also training volunteers to help with future disasters.