Frank Connoll's flight will be leaving around 10 Saturday morning from the South Bend Regional Airport.
He has been asked to lead all sheltering activity in the State of New York as a result of Sandy.
"Sheltering is my thing," he said. "It's something I'm very passionate about. Is just an incredible feeling to help people that have lost everything."
Connolly will fly into White Pigeon, New York. Once he's there he will meet with officials to pinpoint the areas that will likely be impacted by Sandy and then determine what sheltering resources are available. He'll make contact with those facilities, see what people and volunteers are available to help, and then make arrangements for supplies that will be needed....cots, blankets, water, food.
Connolly says at this point it's just him going. He'll work mainly with people and resources in the New York area. And Connolly is experienced at handling situation like this, adding he deals with 1 to 2 potential weather-related emergencies like this each year. In 2010, Connolly assisted with major flooding in Louisianna to tornadoes in Mississippi. He knows his stuff and he's prepared to help.