Potlatch woman helps with disaster relief in New York

POTLATCH, ID - A Potlatch woman made her way to New York Friday morning to help assist with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Idaho American Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Supervisor Karen Severns landed in New York Friday afternoon where she's be assigned to a specific area where she'll help emotionally comfort those suffering from the natural disaster. Severns has spent more than a decade flying across the country for roughly a dozen different relief operations and a number of different disasters.

"I hope to really help a lot of the people who are suffering, to help people who are distressed or maybe have lost a loved one, or pets or things along those natures," said Severns.

Severns is the tenth Idahoan who's been deployed to help with the after-effects of Superstorm Sandy. The North Central District employee is expected to spend two to three weeks on the East Coast.