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Wilmington Red Cross workers head up north for Sandy

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Chris Nienow and Kerry Karusse discuss preparations for Sandy. (Source: American Red Cross) Chris Nienow and Kerry Karusse discuss preparations for Sandy. (Source: American Red Cross)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The American Red Cross sent disaster workers from Wilmington into the northern portion of North Carolina to get ready for Hurricane Sandy.

A trailer full of supplies is now in Elizabeth City, NC. The crew is utilizing a VSAT, which stands for very small aperture terminal. That's an earthbound station that is used in satellite communications for data, voice and video signals. Forty Red Cross chapters in hurricane prone areas have the use of the VSAT, which costs about $65,000.

The VSAT will give the volunteers a communications infrastructure in case phone and cable lines are knocked down.

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