After Sandy: More local volunteers heading east
MURRAY, KY- Before the white truck emblazoned with Red Cross insignias can begin the long drive east, it is due for a check up.
It is Tuesday morning and Red Cross volunteer Charlton Young must turn on every light, and check every blinker. He spends 30 minutes doing a final run through before handing the keys over to a pair of volunteers based out of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The hum of the truck's engine serves as a stop watch as introductions are made. Time is ticking.
"Not a problem," Rodger Soard says when he is thanked for making the drive to Murray.
Soard is not certain of his final destination. He has been told it could be Pennsylvania, West Virginia, or New York.
But, he says, it does not matter, as long as he is helping.
"We're hoping to be able to get up there and give some relief to those who are suffering. People who don't have a home or electricity- that is what we're going for."
Soard will return to Bowling Green to await specific directions.
On Monday night, 11,000 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters in Red Cross shelters in 16 states. The Red Cross also reports 230,000 ready to eat meals and snacks have been shipped to the northeast and 1,300 disaster workers are in place.