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Utahns Prepare to Help Hurricane Victims

Utahns Prepare to Help Hurricane Victims



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Amanda Butterfield reportingThe destruction of Hurricane Ivan is predicted to be massive, much more devastating than that of Frances or Charley.

Utahns are offering some relief. Several representatives from the Salt Lake chapter of the American Red Cross are already in Florida helping those struck by hurricanes past.

Additional trucks and volunteers are on stand -by, ready to assist victims of Hurricane Ivan.

And, the Red Cross is looking to recruit new volunteers. Responding to a large natural disaster requires large numbers of people.

So, the Red Cross has been bringing people in from all over the nation to help set up shelters and gather supplies for hurricane victims.

Ken Kraudy works with Sandy City's emergency response department and the Red Cross. He's just returned from helping people hit by Hurricane Frances in Daytona Beach.

Ken Kraudy/ Sandy City Emergency Manager: "I have a new appreciation for being able to open a refrigerator and find cold food, and turn on a light and have it work, because people down there haven't had that for weeks."

Greg Winegar/ Dir., Emer. Services, American Red Cross: "Since 9-11 there hasn't been a callout of this magnitude across the country. Right now we're talking about 733 more volunteers from a national basis that they want to mobilize and get down there in the next three days."

And, nine other Utahns from State Division of Emergency Services are in Atlanta right now.

They are all receiving last minute training, in preparation to travel to some of the hardest hit areas.

In the next 48 hours, four Utahns will also leave to head back East. Their final destination has yet to be determined.

If you're interested in volunteering to help Hurricane Ivan victims, contact your local Red Cross.

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