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Local Relief Organizations Prepare to Deploy

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No sooner did Sandy leave a path of destruction up and the down the east coast, than Randy Johnson with God's Pit Crew begins to look for ways to help the victims.

"We have been on the phone for all of today and part of yesterday trying to make connections," Johnson says. "Everybody seems to be naturally so in that panic rescue mode right now trying to figure out what they can do."

Volunteers pack pallets of water, toiletries and other necessities to give to people. The hope is to head to West Virginia or New York City in the next 24 hours.

"We do not want to make a snap decision and send crews to sit and wait or not to be able to get in somewhere, and so right now we are trying to get solid leads so we can be effective when we do something," Johnson says.

Gleaning for the World is also sending supplies, and also plans on holding several food drives to help get supplies to victims, like they did when Hurricane Isaac hit the Gulf Coast earlier this year. However, some organizations already have crews on the ground. American Red Cross spokeswoman Amy Whittaker says they have seven volunteers in Greenbrier County, W. Va.

"We have over 700 disaster volunteers that are capable of going anywhere and doing almost anything," Whittaker says. "We have been calling them up and putting them on alert for the past few days. A lot of them have their bags packed and they are ready to go."

And plenty of more volunteers and supplies will be deployed to help victims recovering from the storm.


Supply Drive for Gleaning for the World:

Sam's Club on Wards Road, Lynchburg, VA
• Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Thursday: 10 a.mM. to 6 p.m.

Lowe's on Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA

• Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.