1:14pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Health and Welfare

Bluegrass Response to Sandy

Even before the full impact of Hurricane Sandy is known, some Kentucky volunteers are on their way to lend a hand.  The Bluegrass Chapter of the Red Cross has sent out six trained responders.  Two of them are helping out in New York, one in New Jersey, and two others are being positioned in West Virginia.  Red Cross Spokesman Winn Stephens says the idea is to get close to storm, but stay out of its path.

“The point of that is to sort of have people again close enough to the storm that they can be there quickly after it passes, but far enough away that they themselves don’t need a response,” said Stephens.

The impact of Hurricane Sandy is being felt in Kentucky in more ways than one.  Clouds, wind, and even snow could come to parts of Kentucky.  But financial and volunteer resources are also being sought.  Six volunteers from central Kentucky have already left.  Red Cross Chapter Spokesman, Winn Stephens says financial contributions can cover a lot of expenses.

“Whenever we ramp up a response like this and we’ve already positioned volunteers and we’ve already pre-positioned supplies.  We’ve already sent our emergency response vehicles into an area.  The meter immediately starts running, if you will,” added Stephens.

The Red Cross official says more volunteers could be sent to the area affected by the storm later on.