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WI Red Cross volunteers talk about efforts on east coast

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Crews are still working around the clock to help victims of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast including dozens Red Cross volunteers from Wisconsin.

Organizers said about 100 Red Cross workers from the state headed east to help out, 10 of those volunteers are from the central Wisconsin area.

We talked with volunteer Nancy Uerling over the phone Saturday.

"We're basically in charge of taking care of the health of the volunteers that come here," said Uerling who is from Glisan. She's a retired ICU nurse who is currently based in White Plains, New York helping with the care of Red Cross volunteers.

"People are in need of help and somebody has to take care of the staff that gets sick and I enjoy going out and making a difference," she said.

Volunteer Barbara Behling is based in Madison. She just returned from the east coast.

"This was certainly worse than anything I had seen," she said of the devastation from Sandy.

Behling was helping with communication in disaster areas, making sure victims knew what services were available to them.

She said the biggest difference between this storm and others she's been deployed to help with, was the number of disasters that struck at the same time.

"They had the flood. They had high tide. And they had the wind itself. And then the 80 homes in Rockaway. Those homes actually burnt to the ground."

Uerling said even though she's been helping for about two weeks now, she plans to stay in New York for the time being. In the coming days she will be helping to check Red Cross volunteer's living shelters in disaster areas.

"They have to be basically checked out to make sure that they have bathrooms, they have heat," she said.

Both said the best way to help with relief efforts in the east coast is to donate money to the Red Cross.

For more information on how to donate, you can click here: http://www.redcross.org/hurricane-sandy

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