Red Cross springs into action for the northeast

By Mark Bullion

October 29, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- During this disastrous time in the northeast, the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross is doing its part to assist residents in need.

Erin Miller with the Red Cross says the organization's Emergency Response Vehicle, which delivers food and supplies to those in need, has already left for the northeast along with nine volunteers.

Miller says Red Cross volunteers are specially trained to handle natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

"Some of our volunteers are specialized with sheltering and they will go and set up shelters and make sure that anyone who is taking refuge in a Red Cross shelter will have a compassionate face to greet them," said Miller.

Miller says volunteers are also trained in dealing with mental health issues since such a catastrophic event can have traumatizing mental effects on those affected.

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