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Red Cross Deploys Volunteers for Hurricane Matthew Relief

Posted at 5:37 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 23:54:28-04
It's a bittersweet goodbye for Deanna Culver as she says farewell to her daughters and boards a plane to South Carolina. 
 
"It just brings me a little peace and happiness knowing that I'm able to help somebody else," said Culver.
 
This is Culver's fourth deployment for disaster relief, she'll be conducting damage assessments for nearly three weeks.
 
"We go driving around the neighborhoods and assess the damage for people so that they can get the proper documentation for insurances and all that," said Culver.
 
Since Hurricane Matthew hit, nearly 70 volunteers from Wisconsin have been deployed and now the second wave of Red Cross volunteers is heading out.
 
"People may have lost everything as well but this is just such on a greater scale," said Red Cross disaster relief manager, Nick Cluppert.
 
The Red Cross is helping supply food and shelter to those in need, a task that takes an army.
 
"I actually just got back a few weeks ago from Louisiana," said Cluppert.
 
Some volunteers are going straight from one disaster to another, but in the Badger State there's no short supply of volunteers.
 
"Wisconsin actually has sent the most volunteers out of any other state throughout the country outside of the ones that were impacted by the disaster," said Cluppert.
 
And now dozens like Culver have a flight to catch as they head out to help their brothers and sisters more than 1,000 miles away.