Over the next few days, a dozen local Red Cross volunteers will be heading south to aid in the hurricane relief effort. Officials say it is the largest disaster response ever in the history of the American Red Cross.
The first of the highly trained volunteers are scheduled to leave Wednesday morning. Along with them will be the area's Emergency Response Vehicle -- or ERV -- which will help them provide immediate needs to the hurricane victims, such as food and shelter.
Officials say it's not going to be a quick job. "We will be serving 500,000 meals a day. There are 200 disaster relief centers opening up shelters for people affected by the hurricane. We expect this response to continue for several weeks. It's a big operation," says Jane Richardson from the Badger Chapter of American Red Cross.
As time goes on, officials say more trained volunteers may be needed.
To find out more about volunteering with the Red Cross -- or if you would like to donate money to the disaster relief effort -- call 1-800-HELP-NOW, or log onto http://www.redcross.org/.