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Las Vegas Volunteers Deployed to Help Sandy Victims

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(Photo- Getty Images)  A Red Cross volunteer at work on the Gulf Coast after Hurrican Isaac struck earlier this year.

(Photo- Getty Images) A Red Cross volunteer at work on the Gulf Coast after Hurrican Isaac struck earlier this year.

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(Las Vegas CBS KNXT)  When disaster strikes, Red Cross volunteers get a chance to do what they’ve trained for all year. Southern Nevada has mobilized along with Red Cross chapters from across the nation to send relief workers and aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“We’ve got three people in the field now, we’ve got one person waiting for the airports to clear,” said Lloye Ziel, Public Information Officer for the Southern Nevada chapter.  There are also calls out for other volunteers, putting them on stand-by, in case they’re needed.

“We’re checking to see who’s here in town, who’s available to go, who’s not on vacation,” he said.  “We just want to make sure that if the call comes, we have a strong list of who it is that can travel.”   The volunteers travel with only four hours notices.

The Red Cross trains in food service and safe food handling, shelter operations, emotional support, logistics and other disaster response skills.  The skills of the volunteers are matched with the need, Ziel told KXNT.

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