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UPDATE: Local volunteers support Sandy relief efforts

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Local volunteers are doing what they can to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Across Wisconsin, 72 American Red Cross volunteers have already shipped out to provide emergency services, and even more are on standby.

The Western Wisconsin chapter sent an emergency response vehicle to provide food and supplies, along with about 35 volunteers to set up shelters along the East Coast. As people get back into their homes, those volunteers could shift duties.

"We'll have people that'll get out and actually assess what the damages are and actually get out into the communities and start talking to people," says CEO Tom Mooney. "That's where we'll have our case managers go, so many of those volunteers will end up going and doing those duties."

Two workers from Stoughton Utilities also took a repair truck to Pennsylvania on Monday, to an area where about 36-thousand people are without power. They are among the 21 workers from Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin that have responded.

"We were told that it was expected that about 20,000 line workers were needed to restore in that area, so ours will be two of those," says Bob Kardasz, utilities director.

Crews will work to repair downed lines and restore power. They're expected to be deployed at least two weeks.

Red cross workers could be out even longer, if flooding continues.

As the American Red Cross continues to provide support and resources throughout the ongoing disaster recovery efforts, there are ways you can help by making monetary or blood donations. If you'd like to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, click here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

For more information about supporting the Red Cross in your community as a volunteer, call 1-877-618-6628 or send an email.

27 News will be partnering with the Red Cross hosting a telethon on Friday. You can call volunteers at the station throughout the day to donate to WKOW's Hurricane Relief: Wisconsin Cares fund.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Nearly two dozen local volunteers are assisting with relief efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

Tom Mooney, CEO of the American Red Cross Badger Chapter, says 21 local volunteers have given their time to provide hope to impacted communities.

Mooney says a total of 72 trained Red Cross volunteers from Wisconsin have traveled across the country to provide emergency services such as shelter, meals, water, recovery items and crisis counseling.

As the American Red Cross continues to provide support and resources throughout the ongoing disaster recovery efforts, there are ways you can help by making monetary or blood donations. If you'd like to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, click here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

For more information about supporting the Red Cross in your community as a volunteer, call 1-877-618-6628 or send an email.

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