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Red Cross deploys Dubuque woman to help with hurricane aftermath

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Hurricane Alex is slowing down containment efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. In part of the region, the storm is bringing clean-up efforts to a stand still, as heavy wind and rain push more oil ashore.

One Dubuque woman has been deployed by the Red Cross to help with the efforts in south Texas. She's the 6th person to be deployed in 3 months. Amy Crow-Sunleaf was deployed Tuesday, for a 14 day volunteer trip to help with the aftermath of Alex. Unfortunately she couldn't get down to south Texas until Friday morning because of weather conditions.

She has worked with local disasters before specially dealing with mental health counseling but this is her first national deployment. Crow-Sunleaf will join thousands of other volunteers from around the country. They will be helping at 20 Red Cross shelters in south Texas. They have sent 2000 cots, blankets and personal hygiene kits as well as 17 emergency response vehicles. At this point it's all a matter of how determined she is to help.

"I'm walking into it blind. I don't know what I'll be doing. I could be providing blankets and cots and just comfort for people effected," Crow-Sunleaf said.

She says it's exciting and its scary, but it will give her something to talk about for years and years to come. More importantly she hopes to lend a hand and make a difference. That's why she's willing to leave her children and husband for two weeks.

The Red Cross is always looking for volunteers. You can do your part here by donating money or your time. But keep in mind, Crow-Sunleaf says she had to spend a lot of time training before she was eligible to be deployed and travel to help with natural disasters.

The Red Cross has set up a safe and well website. Because people often get disconnected from their loved ones during a disaster. The website allows evacuees to register and check in at each shelter so loved ones can find them. It's on www.redcross.org.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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