Local volunteers deployed to Texas to help Hurricane Harvey victims

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Before winning a preliminary round of the Miss America competition, Miss Texas Margana Wood sent her "love" to the Hurricane Harvey survivors in her hometown of Houston.

CLEVELAND-Hurricane Irma's destruction has been devastating, even deadly, as it makes its way through Florida.

But companies like Xcel Energy still have enough Minnesotan helpers for round two of hurricane relief.

Today the southern Missouri Red Cross hosted a training session to prepare over 30 volunteers to head down to both Texas and Florida to help aid in the relief efforts already underway.

"We send a semi every other day and we send cargo vans in the afternoons", Hughes said.

At present, the mission is simply to provide emergency shelter and food.

"I don't know how long it's going to take, i don't know how long until we're able to move back in and live a normal life again".

"They could be working in a shelter, they could assist with feed, bulk distribution", said America Red Cross Regional Disaster Recovery Manager Shana Beal. "We encourage all who can to support them by donating money or volunteering time to relief efforts".

But Collins said the Red Cross representatives on scene never gave any further information or an explanation as to why the group could not distribute the burgers. Volunteers are given the option to deploy or help here locally in times of need. She considers that a good thing for multiple reasons, including that they quickly can help in their own towns if disaster strikes there.

Donations can also be made at the American Red Cross Lake to River Chapter and earmarked for use locally, or for a specific natural disaster. "He just got out with the clothes he had on, grabbed the neighbors and they all walked out".

"At the New Baltimore Rest Area on Tuesday morning, National Grid crews gathered from around the region and got some last minute words of encouragement before heading down to react to this storm".

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