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Iowans help those affected by "Superstorm" Sandy

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Some Iowans are responding to the disaster zone.

Eastern Iowa-based teams from the Red Cross and utility companies are among those who stand ready to help.

And, storm survivors may need their help for weeks to come.

Utility workers from MidAmerican Energy left over the weekend to help with cleanup.

They and some 100 Alliant Energy crews from eastern Iowa were dispatched to locations along the east coast.

The sheer impact of the storm won't be known until it moves through.

What is known is that impact will be felt for several days.

Red Cross volunteers from eastern Iowa are already there.

"We have so many volunteers that just want to lend a hand. You've got tons of volunteers that just step up at a moment's notice and will take 3 weeks of their lives and go away to help people in need that they don't know," said Tammie Pech, Regional Communications Director for the American Red Cross.

Some at the Salvation Army in Waterloo are on standby to head east.

That includes Major Jose Tamayo.

He's responded to the Joplin tornado, Hurricane Katrina and Ground Zero.

"Some of the things besides the food and drinks per day, meals, hydration, emotional and spiritual care are things we can do," said Tamayo.

Tamayo says the best way to help right now is to donate money.

"At this time, we're not taking any gift-in-kind donations because we don't know what the needs are so the monetary donations are really the best way to go because we can purchase things on site and help those in need with the specific items they need," said Maj. Tamayo.

If you'd like to help the Salvation Army, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or clicking here.

You can also donate $10 by texting the word storm to 80888.

For the Red Cross, donate by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or clicking here.

You can also donate $10 by texting the word redcross to 90999.

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