Volunteers from New Jersey head to Florida to help victims of Frances

(09/05/04) PRINCETON - The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey is pitching in to help the victims of Hurricane Frances. Volunteers and supplies are currently being deployed to Florida.

At the Princeton chapter on Sunday, volunteers kept a watchful eye on the weather reports as well as rain and damage information. They will then pass on this information to family members whose loved ones are in harm's way.

None of the volunteers know where they will be stationed in Florida yet. They are headed to a staging area in Georgia and will then be deployed to specific locations. Some volunteers say they want to help out because they know what it is like to be a victim of a natural disaster, such as past flooding throughout the Garden State.

Red Cross officials say Frances, coming on the heels of the Hurricane Charley, could make this one of the biggest relief efforts ever. They believe it will be a larger relief effort than Hurricane Andrew, which was more than 12 years ago. Anyone who is willing to volunteer or make a financial contribution to the relief effort is urged to contact the American Red Cross.

Late Sunday, Frances was downgraded to a tropical storm, but it could still regain strength again as it continues on its path through the Southeast.

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