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Red Cross seeks to double hurricane shelter vols

Flanked by newly crowned Miss Long Island 2011,

Flanked by newly crowned Miss Long Island 2011, Marina Montes, 25, right, of Port Jefferson, and newly crowned Miss Long Island Teen 2011, Kimberly Taff, 18, of Malverne, Dave D'Orazio, chairman of the Suffolk County Chapter of the American Red Cross, stresses the importance of hurricane awareness. (Aug. 16, 2010) Credit: James Carbone

Long Island's American Red Cross chapters are seeking more volunteers to improve staffing of shelters if a hurricane hits the region.

The Nassau and Suffolk chapters have about 350 volunteers each, enough to provide skeleton staffing at the 25 designated shelters in each county, officials say.

While all of the shelters are rarely mobilized simultaneously, the Red Cross wants to double its capacity for housing displaced people on the Island from 60,000 to 120,000 and reduce the dependence on volunteers from outside the region. And that will require at least another 700 volunteers.

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