Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A second Northland Chapter volunteer is one of nine Minnesotans deployed to the massive Red Cross response effort following Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast yesterday.
Susan Dettweiler is from Brimson, Minnesota, and will work to help staff the relief operation. John Schiefelbein of Ely was deployed on Saturday.
Thousands of people took refuge from Hurricane Sandy in American Red Cross shelters Monday night as the massive storm made land fall on the East Coast.
More deployments from Minnesota are likely as Red Cross officials learn more about the scope of the disaster and transportation to the areas becomes possible.
Approximately 11,000 people spent the night in 258 Red Cross shelters in 16 states, including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Massachusetts.
The Red Cross has deployed more than 1,300 disaster workers to the region from all over the country to help those affected by the storm. As many as 160 emergency vehicles are ready to respond when it is safe to do so, and more than 230,000 ready-to-eat meals have been sent into the area.
Meanwhile, more than 300 Red Cross blood drives have already been cancelled due to the storm, and there could be more as the week goes on.
This means a loss of as many as 9,000 blood and platelet products. If anyone is eligible, especially in places not affected by the storm, the Red Cross is asking that people schedule a blood donation now.
To schedule a blood donation or to learn more about how you can help in the recover efforts following Hurricane Sandy, you can log onto the American Red Cross' website.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns