The Orange County chapter of the American Red Cross has sent 11 volunteers to the East Coast to help victims of Hurricane Fran.
The volunteers, who flew to Virginia on Sunday and Monday, are helping with damage assessment, disaster health services, communication, logistics and mobile feeding.
"It's a huge effort," spokeswoman Sarah Shogren said. "We certainly can use all the help we can get."
Sometime next week, she said, the local chapter will be sending out pleas for financial assistance to help provide disaster relief. Those wishing to contribute may call (800) HELP-NOW.