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Tucson nurse on standby to help those impacted by Hurricane Irma

Posted at 10:13 PM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 01:35:00-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) A Tucson nurse is on standby to assist people who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma.  

On Monday night at her westside home, Lee Chaudoin was getting ready to pack her bag. 

Chaudoin is a volunteer through the American Red Cross and since 2010 she  says she has been deployed to 13 natural disasters, including Superstorm Sandy in 2012. 

Chaudoin volunteers because she finds it rewarding to help others.

"I like to help people," Chaudoin said. "I like to be supportive, and it makes me feel good and I know it makes them feel good that you're there."

She told KGUN9 she hasn't been told where she will be assigned, but may be sent to Florida or one of the islands impacted by Irma. 

As a nurse, her role is to help people with over the counter medicine and basically act as a support system getting people shelter, food or just a hug.

She often has this advice for those affected by natural disasters.

"They're just things," Chaudoin said. "I always say they're just things. You know? You're here, your OK, your family is OK and right now were gonna take care of you. We're going to keep you warm."

MORE: Arizona task force on the road to provide help after Irma.

Chaudoin says she's often stationed at a shelter, but also does outreach efforts to find people who may be stuck in their homes or too shy to get help. 

Chaudoin may be gone for 10 days up to two weeks. 

Here's more on how you can help those affected by the storm.