Missouri Red Cross volunteers support Hurricane Sandy victims

Monday, October 29, 2012 | 5:32 p.m. CDT; updated 6:28 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 29, 2012

COLUMBIA — Five Columbia-area volunteers with the American Red Cross have been deployed to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy has displaced thousands of people and is expected to displace even more as the storm continues to rip through the East Coast. The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri chapter is doing what it can to support victims, spokesman Mike Flanagan said.

Two two-person teams were sent to Middletown, N.Y. in emergency response vehicles Sunday morning and are expected to arrive sometime Monday. The emergency response vehicle crews are intended to provide support in any way that they can, said Flanagan.

"They really don’t know what they will be doing until they get there," Flanagan said.

The remaining volunteer was deployed to Harrisburg, Penn.. She will be serving as a logistics chief, Flanagan said, and will be responsible for obtaining and distributing materials.

Other forms of help will come from donations to the Red Cross through several different outlets. People can call or mail in support, or they can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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