More volunteers from southern Minnesota Red Cross chapters are on their way to help with storm relief efforts on the east coast, and the organization has now received a national grant to ensure they’ll have the resources to help in future disasters as well. The $5,000 Susan Hassmiller Nursing Award will be used to help build up the number of volunteer nurses the Red Cross has on hand locally by reaching out to nurses early on in their careers. That involves recruiting future Red Cross nurses at schools, universities, and nursing programs. The grant will help the Red Cross have enough nurses for big emergencies, both in Minnesota and elsewhere around the country. Local Red Cross volunteers that have headed out east to help with the storm-relief efforts include Craig Dale of New Ulm and Gene Retka of Courtland, amongst others.