The Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross  has sent a second volunteer to assist with Hurricane Sandy storm relief efforts.  The Duluth-based chapter has announced that Sandy Dettweiler from Brimson, Minnesota joins John Schiefelbein of Ely - who was deployed on Saturday. Thousands of people from across nine states have taken refuge from the impact as Hurricane Sandy hits the East Coast;  The Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross is a part of the effort.

An update:  More then 11,000 people spent the night in 258 Red Cross Shelters in 16 states on the coast and the demand on services is expected to grow as the storm crests. One of the areas of concern for the agency is that nearly one hundred Red Cross blood drives had to be cancelled due to the storm and there could be more as the week goes on.  This means a loss of as many as 3,200 blood and platelet products.  Eligible donors are asked to consider giving - especially in the areas that have not been affected by the storm. Whether it's giving blood, volunteering, or making a financial donation - the Red Cross has many ways that the general public can help.  Visit redcrossmn.org for more details.