Local volunteers lending a helping hand as hurricane approaches

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Some local volunteers from the American Red Cross are up north in the Virginia area ready to help those in need as Hurricane Sandy approaches.

A total of six volunteers from our state left on Saturday. Three of the volunteers are from Charleston.

They loaded up their disaster truck full of food and water to help those affected by the storm.

One of the volunteers, Al West, says they are on standby to help out wherever they are needed.

"We have no idea if we are going to stay here or be deployed further north until the storm hits and they finally asses the damages," West said.

Electric cooperatives from the state have also sent about 100 employees to states that are being directly impacted by Sandy.

They will be able to assist with restoring power.

About 60 employees from Berkeley Electric Co-op are also headed to the New Jersey area to assist.

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