Flint River Red Cross assists with Sandy

ALBANY, Ga. — Officials with the Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross confirm that they have sent some of their resources northward to help provide relief in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Lara Gill, the executive director of the chapter, says that a total of four people from the chapter have been sent out along with one emergency response vehicle to Ashburn, Va. — which left yesterday.

She also said that disaster relief volunteers are being asked if they can leave in the next four days and be able to stay over the course of two weeks to assist those impacted by the storm. The first phase is providing shelter, which follows by distributing ready-to-eat meals to those who need them, Gill said.

She also said that inclement weather in the area has resulted in the cancellation of over 100 blood drives, resulting in a shortage.