Metro Atlanta helps with storm relief


ATLANTA - Metro Atlanta was spared the brunt of superstorm Sandy, but local volunteers are helping with disaster relief.

Sandy began as a hurricane in the Caribbean, traveled up the East Coast and combined with an arctic blast in the northeast.  The storm was blamed for heavy flooding, millions of power outages and at least 38 deaths. 

Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston spoke with Joe and Glenda Mertes, who volunteered to drive 641 miles to Ashburn, Va. to help feed those affected by the storm. 

"We have the time to help. We've been retired for six years, so we can go to all the big disasters and help. Give them some food and encourage them to hang in there," Joe Mertes said.

 In total, eight emergency relief vehicles from Georgia will drive north to help with relief efforts.

Meanwhile, Atlanta-based Home Depot is working to stay stocked on emergency supplies. Channel 2's Jeff Dore went inside the company's hurricane command center at Home Depot headquarters near Interstate 285.

Leaders from every part of the Home Depot operation stayed glued to phones and computer screens, watching news feeds and social media to find out what the public needs.

In addition to the regular warehouses full of goods in Home Depot stores, the company has moved 1,500 truckloads of emergency supplies.

“Seven-hundred-fifty of those were shipped prior to the storm occurring, and we're now in the process of shipping the other 750,” the company’s northern division president Aaron Flowe said.

Even manufacturers are on hand to provide unique products for this unique storm.

There could be a brief shortage of some emergency supplies in other parts of the country because the company’s top priority is to get them where people urgently need them now. Officials are already working with manufacturers to replenish those stocks all over the country.

If you would like to donate blood or volunteer for the Red Cross contact them at 1-800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment to donate blood.

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