Packing for disaster: Nevada volunteers head to Texas

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) Judi Edwards is packing for a morning flight. Tuesday will find her in Dallas. From there, who knows? She's about to join others from around the country responding to the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey.

She's done this before, volunteering in the wake of Hurricanes Ivan and Gustav. Both she and her husband volunteered to help after Superstorm Sandy. Like everyone else they've been watching news footage of Hurricane Harvey.

"And I remember saying to my husband, 'I want to go to this.' And then I got an email from the Red Cross saying they really needed people. And that's all it took for me to want to go."

Other obligations are keeping her husband home this trip, but Judi is going for at least two weeks, probably more. She says there are always surprises, but she knows something of what's ahead.

"It's very long days. You just crawl into bed and get up and start all over again."

Three people from the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross are already on the ground in Texas. Others will soon follow.

"And what they are going to be doing when they get to Texas is helping establish shelters for the folks who have been displaced," says Executive Director Zanny Marsh. "And then we're going to be doing mass care which is really feeding."

Judi Edwards spent a career in social work. The need to help is something that's motivated her most of her life.

"I had known that even in my career, but then the hurricanes started to hit and I thought, 'Hey. I have something to offer."