MARQUETTE - The American Red Cross urgently needs volunteers.
"The work that the Red Cross has done over the past few days in helping families along the East Coast during Hurricane Sandy is nothing short of amazing. Thousands of volunteers have been working around the clock to make sure that people have a safe place to go with their families during the storm," said Jeffrey Selesky, Superior Upper Peninsula Chapter's Emergency Services Program manager. "But we need more (help), immediately and in the weeks to come."
And U.P. residents can help.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley listens to Bonnie Mahaffey at a Red Cross shelter inside the Garrett County Rescue Squad building near Oakland, Md., on Thursday. The local Red Cross office is looking for volunteers from the area to help in the disaster relief effort as a result of superstorm Sandy. (AP photo)
With reports from New York, New Jersey and other places showing that people there are contending with potentially unprecedented damage, as well as the growing flood impact, major assistance is going to be needed for several weeks.
"In order to keep pace with (essential) needs, we will need to step up recruitment and deployment of disaster volunteers right away," Selesky said. "If you have the time to give, from any walk of life, and the will to help at a time when the proportions of damage cannot even begin to be measured, volunteer now."
Selesky said those willing to help should call the local Red Cross chapter at 228-3659 to register to volunteer. Volunteers should plan to attend the free classes that will help them join other volunteers helping shelter, feed and support the victims of superstorm Sandy and other disasters.
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