Tennessee volunteers head north ahead of Hurricane Sandy

Tennessee volunteers head north ahead of Hurricane Sandy

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"We have volunteers who have agreed to go up there who have said yes, but we have them on hold right now waiting for the weather to break at the airport in New York," said Gibert. "We have volunteers who have agreed to go up there who have said yes, but we have them on hold right now waiting for the weather to break at the airport in New York," said Gibert.
"We do call out to other parts of the country when we're in dire need, and we love to help out when we can," said Meredith. "We do call out to other parts of the country when we're in dire need, and we love to help out when we can," said Meredith.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As the Northeast continues to brace for what could be one of the worst storms in U.S. history, some people from East Tennessee are jumping into help.

Several local crews are already staged on the East Coast and prepared to respond as soon as Hurricane Sandy moves through.

The storm has barely made landfall and it already has potential of being a once-in-a-lifetime storm. While most people would be running in the opposite direction, Red Cross Volunteer Marty Gensheimer ran in to help.

"It's very windy and rainy," said Gensheimer, who is staged in Leesburg, Virginia. "We're getting a lot of water coming down. We have not seen damage yet, but the worst is yet to come, I think."

Volunteers back at the American Red Cross of East Tennessee offices are hard at work as well.

Marty's wife is one of three volunteers working their way through a long list of phone numbers trying to drum up more volunteers. They've already sent 12 people and have more ready to go if needed.

"The weather has definitely put a kink in our plans," said American Red Cross Communications Director, Stan Gibert. "We have volunteers who have agreed to go up there who have said yes, but we have them on hold right now waiting for the weather to break at the airport in New York."

KUB is also lending a helping hand. It sent eight of its contract crews to Maryland on Sunday to assist other power companies.

"We do call out to other parts of the country when we're in dire need, and we love to help out when we can and I know those people will appreciate it," said KUB Community Relations Director Jason Meredith.

It's that appreciation that keeps volunteers like Marty going into these disaster areas year after year.

"You are going to be the one that brings them something to eat, gives them a safe place to stay, and there is nothing like it," said Gensheimer. "There is nothing like helping your fellow man and your fellow Americans."

The Red Cross said if you can't commit to volunteering, you can also help by donating money, which will go to those relief efforts. More information can be found on their website.

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