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CLEVELAND — As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, local emergency crews and volunteers are getting ready for the call to help.

FirstEnergy Corp. has local staff on standby in call centers and communications professionals ready for outages along the coast and back here at home.   They have about 200 utility linemen ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.  They especially are concerned about the citizens of New Jersey, since many customers utilize energy from their sister company “Jersey Power and Light.”

More than 400 volunteers at the American Red Cross NE Ohio Chapter are fueling their Emergency Response Vehicles (REVs) in preparation of departure.  They are also compiling their lists of volunteers for a trip east and another list for local support. 

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“Make sure you have plenty of water, gas in your vehicle, and dry foods and snacks for three days in case we lose power around here,” said Susie Muetzel a volunteer with the Red Cross.  Susie was deployed during Hurricane Isaac just a couple of months ago.    She is known as a “feeding lead” (in charge of food/water supplies) and she says they can never have enough water on standby to help.

The American Red Cross would love to have you donate blood now.  They anticipate a rush next week.  They need all types.  You can contact them by clicking here.