Red Cross chapters in Richmond Metro area gear up to help victims

Written by Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Iva Radman – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Local chapters of the American Red Cross are preparing to lend a hand to those impacted by today's tsunami and earthquake in Japan and in the United States.

Jacqueline Muoio is willing, ready, and able. She's a volunteer at the Richmond chapter of the American Red Cross.

"I drive emergency response vehicles. I load them up with water and snacks," said Muoio.

Muoio and other volunteers are on standby-- waiting for the word to roll out and help those impacted by the disaster.

"I could take a leave of absence to go out there," said Muoio.

The vice president of the agency's Atlantic division says teams are in place to help meet the immediate needs of those devastated by the disaster.

"The Japanese society is strong. We've been in contact with them and staying in close touch with them.  They've not made requests of the global community yet, said Joseph Becker.

If that request comes through Becker says volunteers are prepared.

"We've been gathering supplies, activating volunteers , telling people what to do and what actions they need to be taking and what we'll do in the U.S. is support whatever they need with material support, financial support, with people," said Becker.

For now, Muoio will continue to keep an eye on the coverage of the tsunami in Japan and if the call comes -- she won't hesitate to respond.

"It's pretty rewarding to be able to help all of those people and we'll do it for as long as they need it," said Muoio.

Copyright 2011 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.