Local Foundations Send Relief from Hurricane Sandy
As Sandy batters the mid-Atlantic, millions flee the strong wind, heavy rain and snow while a few people from Middle Georgia head that way.
The American Red Cross of Central Georgia is mobilizing it's emergency response vehicle (ERV) to disaster efforts in Virginia.
"This truck becomes a mobile feeding unit," said Tracy Kight. "So it heads out into the impacted areas and offers hot food for those folks who could not get it from the shelter."
The ERV has already served New Orleans this year in the wake of Hurricane Isaac and in Washington D.C. during this summer's heatwave and power outages. Two volunteers will also make the trip.
"We know that we are getting people there and getting the job done," said Kight.
Here in Macon, the Salvation Army is monitoring the unfolding situation in case they're called to action.
"That area and the outlying areas that have Salvation Army personnel, volunteers and equipment, they're on standby ready to begin to provide services once the storm has passed," said Major David Cope, Commander of The Salvation Army in Macon.
In the event that recovery takes longer than expected and there is need for more volunteers, then Major Cope would gather his troops.
"We would drive into those areas, working with state and local officials to provide food and beverages and ice as folks get their lives back together."
Cope prays his services won't be need, but if so, he says he'll "salute and go".
The hurricane's latest storm path is targeting the Jersey Shore with precipitation extending up to 600 miles inland and tropical storm forced winds 400 miles from the center.
Over 60 million people will be affected.