By Pilar Pedraza & Garrick Enright
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
6:14 PM CDT, October 30, 2012
Dozens of Kansans are on the East Coast, prepared to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy. One group of Kansas Red Cross volunteers is currently stationed in Albany, New York.
They're giving food and shelter to anyone affected by the storm. But since the city missed the brunt of the storm one volunteer says they'll likely be moved.
"Probably expect to be deployed from here because the damage isn't as bad as expected," says Wichita Red Cross Volunteer Jim Kuhlmann. "We'll be transferred down to New York City because all the news is telling us it has a much greater damage area."The Red Cross in Kansas sent nine volunteers to Albany, New York, Saturday
"Just a little bit of help for everybody who's going through this," said James Williams, spokesperson for the Red Cross in Wichita. "it's a highly populated area and the Red Cross is taking it extremely seriously."
Once the storm has passed, they'll be reassigned wherever their help is needed most.
"They're just trying to alleviate human suffering," said Williams.
Dozens of Westar Energy employees from Wichita, Topeka, Manhattan, Arkansas City, Emporia, Humboldt, Shawnee and Lawrence gathered in Bonner Springs, Kansas, on Saturday. From there they headed for eastern Pennsylvania.
The State of Kansas also sent an Emergency Management team to Maryland's Emergency Operations Center in Reisterstown, Maryland. The team will stay in Maryland for the next two weeks to help local crews.
But, not all help is headed East. Several KC-135 Stratotankers from Andrews Air Force Base arrived in Topeka Sunday morning. The Kansas Air National Guard is providing shelter at Forbe's Field for the evacuated planes and their crews.
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