Volunteers with the American Red Cross left Saturday afternoon from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Ed Rowe, a volunteer, said they were heading to White Plains, NY, where they would be deployed. Rowe said the Red Cross has 170 shelters open in the hurricane-affected areas.
"It's truly devastating. There's a lot of structure and property loss, but I think when we get up there, there are a lot of great volunteers working with the Red Cross and other organizations," said Rowe.
The volunteers said they will not know what they are assigned to until they arrive in New York. They all have training in areas such as sheltering, logistics and disaster assessment.
Rowe was accompanied by Sue McConnell, Odell Lewis, Katherine Gasque, J.G. Benoit and Katrina Miller.
The volunteers will be in the Northeast for two weeks.
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