Northern Minnesota Red Cross on Standby for Hurricane Sandy

By KBJR News 1

Northern Minnesota Red Cross on Standby for Hurricane Sandy

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Two Northern Minnesota Red Cross chapters are on standby as Hurricane Sandy inches closer to the east coast.

Both the Northland Chapter in Duluth and the North Star Chapter in Bemidji are on standby to send disaster relief volunteers to affected areas of the hurricane.

“We’re monitoring the availability of volunteers from across northern Minnesota,” said Judy Hanne Gonzalez, “and we are gathering information on deployment needs as it comes in. Hurricanes are unpredictable, and that is why people need to know what to do to stay safe and to encourage loved ones to take steps now to get prepared."

The Red Cross is encouraging Minnesotans to download its free Hurricane App, which includes a number of features that allow people to monitor personalized weather alerts in locations where family and friends reside and share information with others in their social networks who might also need it.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to smash into the northern sections of the east coast within just a few days.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns