Thirteen Central New Yorkers deployed to assist in Red Cross' Sandy relief efforts

— The American Red Cross has had a huge relief response to Superstorm Sandy, providing people across a number of states with a safe place to stay, food to eat and comfort during this difficult time.

In Central New York, 13 volunteers from the Red Cross CNY Chapter left Syracuse Wednesday afternoon for the Red Cross operational headquarters in White Plains, N.Y., where they will receive their deployment assignments. All 13 volunteers will work in mass care/sheltering in some of the areas hardest hit by the storm.

“This response to Sandy is just getting started. The storm has left devastation in its wake and we will be helping people for weeks to come,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross CNY Region.

The CNY Chapter includes Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison and Oswego counties. The following local volunteers left Wednesday:

▪ Paul Campbell, Tully

▪ Elizabeth Ersek, Baldwinsville

▪ Karen Fowler, Syracuse

▪ Pamela Gotjen, Syracuse

▪ James Healy, Sherrill

▪ Alexandra Marini, Lafayette

▪ Carol Matthews, Syracuse

▪ Nicki Macallair, Syracuse

▪ Robert Mueller, Marcellus

▪ Daniel Murphy, Skaneateles

▪ Patricia Saunders, Skaneateles

▪ Sam Tassone, Cicero

▪ David Webber, Fulton

One volunteer from the Central New York Chapter, Daniel Harmony, of Cicero, was deployed in advance of the storm. All volunteers are scheduled to be deployed for two weeks.

The American Red Cross Central New York Region, which covers 16 counties, had deployed a total of 26 volunteers as of Wednesday afternoon. More volunteers are expected to be deployed in the coming days.

Those looking to assist the Red Cross in its relief efforts can attend a training session being held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow in Syracuse.

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