Texomans feel the effects of Sandy

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

GRAYSON CO., TX-As post tropical storm Sandy slams the east coast, Texomans might not feel the wind and rain but we'll feel the effects even thousands of miles away.
Victoria Maranan was at the Salvation Army where volunteers are on standby to head east, even as they worry about their own families.

Monday morning, the Sherman Salvation Army was placed on standby in case they are needed to help those affected by Sandy. I spoke with the agency director, who told us what they are doing to get ready and about his own son who's in the path of the storm.

Sherman Salvation Army Maj. Don Wildish's son is on the east coast working for the Salvation Army in Washington D.C.

"The storm is upon him, the wind is blowing quite a bit. He still has electricity, flooding has not begun, I certainly hope flooding doesn't come," he said. "Of course, we're quite concerned about him but being a Salvation Army officer, he's well trained to handle himself in disaster situations. I know he'll do a fine job."

Monday morning, the Sherman Salvation Army was put on standby in case mutual aid is needed up north.

"With us having one of the top units in the state of Texas, I believe that being placed on standby means we'll probably one of the first ones to get in from Texas," Wildish said.

He said they keep the canteen plugged in and stocked up so when they get called in to respond to a disaster, they are ready to go.

Wildish said they are no strangers to big disasters.

"We're well experienced with that, probably more experienced than we care to be. But yes, we're ready," he said.

Denison resident Ilona Nogarr's children also live along the east coast.

"I'm kinda a little scared, especially I'm scared of Virginia more than of Maryland because my son lives in a little peninsula and it's surrounded by water and it's already flooding," she said.

Nogarr said so far, her son and daughter are both safe.

"I just talked to both of them today and my son was calm, he told me that he's not going anywhere. I told him it's not a good idea," she said.

Like Nogarr, Wildish said while he's worried about his son, he knows what to do and how to help others when disaster strikes.

"He is anticipating that the storm will come in even heavier but he's been placed on standby," he said.

And so has he.

"When we're ready to respond, our disaster unit will be able to leave here within 30 minutes."

Wildish said they will be given two days to a week heads-up if they get called in to respond to the northeast. He said the canteen is stocked with enough food to feed 5,000 people.


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