Workers with the American Red Cross say they typically see blood donations increase following a disaster.
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- West Michigan volunteers from the Red Cross have already gone to the east coast to help people affected by 'superstorm' Sandy and more will leave on Wednesday.
So far the organization has set up dozens of shelters to help everyone displaced. If you look at Google's Crisis Map for Sandy, all the purple dots on the map represent shelters.
On Tuesday, WZZM talked with the volunteer coordinator for the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids to ask a few questions about how you can help during this kind of emergency.
Sarah Laue, of the American Red Cross says, "The Red Cross is always looking for volunteers to help us fulfill our mission. However, in regards to Hurricane Sandy, we are currently only deploying active registered volunteers at this time. Donations are always direct and flexible for the Red Cross. To donate, you can go to redcross.org or text Red Cross to 90999."
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the American Red Cross, the organization says just stop by their office on Fuller in Grand Rapids. General volunteer orientation seminars are held every two weeks.