Red Cross: Ready to respond to Sandy, residents should prepare now

By ANDREW DONOVAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The American Red Cross says they are preparing to respond to Hurricane Sandy in the Mohawk Valley and urges residents to get ready for the pending storm that is expected to bring tropical storm-force winds.

"The Mohawk Valley Chapter is mobilizing volunteers, shelters, relief supplies and disaster vehicles to help," said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central New York Region, which includes Herkimer, Oneida and Otsego counties. "The best thing families can do is to get ready now by staying informed about Sandy's progress, listening to the advice of local authorities, checking their emergency supplies, and reviewing their household's emergency plan."

Across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the Red Cross is moving disaster workers into areas that weather experts say will be affected by the storm and has more than 100 emergency response vehicles on alert. The Red Cross is also working closely with government officials, as well as community partners to coordinate response efforts.

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