Alabama Power, Red Cross Respond To Hurricane Sandy

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By Lisa Blackwell

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on parts of the northeast, people from the southeast are standing by to help.

The first wave of red cross volunteers from our area headed north and are standing by ready to help.

It's estimated 60 million people could be impacted by Hurricane Sandy and when the storms passes, they'll need help with things like food, shelter and power.

Alabama Power sent more than 470 workers to Maryland over the weekend. They're ready to move into areas that have downed power lines.

Mike Jordan, a spokesperson for Alabama Power, says, "A great number of them will be helping with power restoration we have a number that are going to be evaluating damage and we also have a number that are going to be there for logistic support."

Alabama Red Cross sent at least 16 volunteers to assist with Sandy and 8 of those are from right here in Montgomery.

Grover Henry, District Emergency Services Officer For Red Cross, says, "They'll go out, they'll do damage assessments, they'll actually do safe housing for victims that may be displaced, they'll also give feeding, they'll do sheltering, so a variety of different things in that area."

Another four or five teams are on standby. They'll head north sometime after the storm makes landfall. They will help with food, shelter, medical and counseling. Crews will be prepared for the worst.

"Generally a lot of wind damage, a lot of flooding, post flooding afterwards is another area that you want to look at and then they're waiting to see what happens cause you'll get mold from that if it sits to long and so forth," said Henry.

The local Red Cross estimates their volunteers will be out helping storm victims for the next 14 to 21 days and Alabama Power crews say they'll be helping for at least the next 10 days.

Governor Robert Bentley issued a statement today saying "Our prayers are with those facing the effects of Hurricane Sandy. We here in Alabama will help states on the East Coast in any way we can."

If you'd like to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, you can log onto www.redcross.org to donate.



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