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Wisconsin nurses prep to help Hurricane Maria victims

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Two local nurses who just returned from helping victims of Hurricane Irma are now on standby and ready to go if people hit by Hurricane Maria need help.

Lisa Haas-Peters and Janet Stephens work at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. They are both also on the Wisconsin Disaster Medical Assistance Team. They recently returned from their deployment to Florida.

“It was obvious they needed our help, and we hit the ground running,” Haas-Peters said. “We want to go back.”

Both Haas-Peters and Stephens call their hurricane relief efforts rewarding, and now they may be needed again very soon. Especially because all of the devastating storms in such short succession mean resources may run low.

“You run that risk,” said Stephens.

“You need caregivers to be rested, to take care of ourselves, so we can take care of the people we’re treating.”

Meanwhile, the Red Cross has 200 people from Wisconsin deployed to help across the Southeast and the Virgin Islands.

“We’re really stretched,” said Nicole Gulatz, Chief Development Officer at the American Red Cross Wisconsin Region.

Right now, Gulatz says she needs bilingual volunteers to help with relief efforts.

If you can't volunteer, the Red Cross is in need of donations. For more information on how you can help, please click here. 

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