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Local volunteers help hurricane victims

Four American Red Cross volunteers from western Nevada County and Camptonville are in Florida assisting victims of hurricanes Charley and Frances.

The volunteers – Judy Arbuckle of Nevada City, Thea Hogan and Barbara Mueller-Hogan of North San Juan, and Audrey Bowman of Camptonville – left Labor Day weekend for a two-week assignment. All are trained as community emergency response team members.

Susan King, health and safety director of the western Nevada County chapter of the Red Cross, said she expects to get a request for four more volunteers in the next couple of days.

King added that the Florida hurricanes led to the biggest disaster Red Cross has responded to since the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Red Cross opened 235 shelters after Hurricane Charley and provided shelter for more than 170,000 people as Hurricane Frances made landfall.

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