Arizona Red Cross volunteer Martha Iskyan headed to New York in Hurricane Sandy's aftermath

PHOENIX - A retired Phoenix-area psychologist is headed to New York to help in American Red Cross relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Martha Iskyan of Fountain Hills is set to fly to Philadelphia Wednesday and will then drive to New York. She's expected to spend at least two weeks supervising volunteers providing mental health services to evacuees in the area.

The 66-year-old has volunteered with the Red Cross' Grand Canyon Chapter since January and previously volunteered in Cincinnati.  Iskyan is the first volunteer from the Grand Canyon Chapter to deploy in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

More than 9,000 people in 13 states have taken refuge in Red Cross shelters set up in 171 locations across the hurricane area.

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