Missouri Red Cross volunteers deployed to East Coast for Hurricane Sandy relief

Friday, November 9, 2012 | 11:53 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Heart of Missouri chapter of the American Red Cross deployed two more volunteers to Newark, N.J., in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

One of the two volunteers to be dispatched to the East Coast is from Columbia. The volunteer will conduct client case work, which involves face-to-face meetings with disaster victims in order to identify relief needs. The other volunteer headed to New Jersey is from Jefferson City.

The identity of the volunteers is confidential information. The Red Cross previously deployed five Columbia-area volunteers to the East Coast after the storm. There are now 11 Red Cross volunteers in areas hit by the storm.

Spokesman Mike Flanagan said the organization has received one report from a volunteer already on the coast. The manager of food distribution said the department was forced to shut down as a result of a snowstorm, according to Flanagan.

The volunteers have a minimum requirement of two weeks, but many have offered to stay longer, Flanagan said.

"They're just concerned about their fellow man and want to help out," he said. "They have a special set of skills for this kind of disaster."

Supervising editor is Karen Miller.

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