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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Westport Area Red Cross Volunteers Mobilizing

A number of Westport area Red Cross volunteers may be heading south to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina within the next week.

Michelle DeLuca, emergency services director of the Westport-based Mid-Fairfield County Chapter, said she has received a number of inquiries from volunteers wishing to head south to help with relief efforts.

“We don’t have anyone there now, but we will be sending people down over the next few days,” she said.

Hurricane Katrina rocked the Gulf Coast Monday with winds up to 145 miles per hour destroying homes and causing significant flooding, including in New Orleans.

The death toll in Mississippi attributed to the storm is at 80 people, according to reports.

DeLuca said those who will be traveling to help with relief will perform a variety of jobs based on their training.

Some volunteers may help with case work while others may help feed people, she said.

The local Red Cross chapter is also helping those who cannot contact loved ones in the area hit by the storm, DeLuca said.

If people come into contact with a Red Cross volunteer in the storm-ravaged area, she said, the volunteers can let their family know here that they are O.K.

Locals who want to donate to the relief efforts can also help through the local Red Cross chapter, DeLuca said.

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Posted 08/30/05 at 03:11 PM  Permalink