Local Red Cross workers prep to battle Hurricane Sandy aftermath

CINCINNATI - As Hurricane Sandy makes its way up the East Coast, the American Red Cross is mobilizing supplies and volunteers from across the country and the Tri-State to stand ready to provide relief from the effects of the storm.

Five volunteers from the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton region were deployed to New Jersey and Pennsylvania Saturday morning to stand ready to assist with mobile feeding, distribution, recovery and cleanup supplies.

"Situations like these remind us of how important it is to be prepared at all times," Fran O'Shaughnessy, Director of Emergency Services said. "The Greater Cincinnati-Dayton region is prepared and willing to send more volunteers as the storm dictates."

Across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the Red Cross is moving disaster workers into areas that weather experts say will be affected by the storm and has more than 100 emergency response vehicles on alert. The Red Cross is also working closely with government officials, both nationally and locally, as well as community partners to coordinate response efforts.

For those who have loved ones that could potentially be affected by the storm, the Red Cross is encouraging you to download the free Red Cross Hurricane App for your mobile devices. The app provides real-time hurricane safety information, such as weather alerts and where Red Cross shelters are located.

If you would like to aid the people affected by the storm, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, visit www.redcross.org . You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Contributions to the Red Cross may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter at 2111 Dana Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45207

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