Local Red Cross Volunteers Helping Hurricane Florence Victims

Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region CEO Guy Triano

Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region CEO Guy Triano

Dixon is now in Wilmington, North Carolina volunteering in a shelter to help families displaced by the storm. View some of their stories here. Mary Carol Yoshino is in North Charleston, South Carolina, where she's working at a shelter house located in a high school. So emergency officials say they plan to airlift food and water to the city of almost 120,000 people.

As Hurricane Florence slams into the East Coast help is arriving from all over the country, including Red Cross volunteers from the Ohio Buckeye region.

"They put a hold on sending people from North Texas because we are supporting the middle of Texas and Southern Texas for possible heavy rain this weekend".

Red Cross emergency response vehicles from central Georgia embarked on their trip to the Carolinas, equipped with supplies, on Sunday.

Other volunteers would already be on location, but Riddle said they had to stay back due to the threat of flooding on the Ohio River from storm-induced rainfall.

While Florence has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, it's still so unsafe.

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And there is a need for more help, which is why a team of 15 gathered on the West Side on Monday for a Red Cross deployment. The Red Cross says it has more than 2,000 disaster relief workers now deployed to the region.

Another way to help is to text FLORENCE to 90999, which provides a $10 donation to the Red Cross.

The Cajun Navy is a Louisiana based volunteer group that helps rescue people trapped after disasters.

Following the news that Hurricane Florence made landfall, Google has announced plans to match up to $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross. Agency officials said the best way to ensure donations will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check.

Most recently, the Cajun Navy has mobilized for both Hurricanes Harvey and Gordon, and the group is now volunteering in the Carolinas to assist with relief efforts. There is a critical need for platelet and type O blood donations.

Appointments to donate blood can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). All volunteers are trained locally, which Stemen said "does take a little time".

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