American Red Cross deploys 700 disaster workers

Hurricane lotoBy Hannah Lester, hurricane coverage team member, senior at Auburn University, and reporter for the Auburn Plainsman.

American red crossAs residents prepare for Hurricane Florence, organizations are doing their part to help provide aide and relief. The American Red Cross is preparing to provide help not only in South Carolina, but multiple states, they shared on their website.

“The Red Cross is preparing to help as many as 100,000 people in the affected areas and is working with state and local officials to identify and prepare evacuation shelters,” the American Red Cross said on their website.

“More than 700 disaster workers are in route to the regions to help. The Red Cross is also deploying vehicles, equipment and relief supplies and will continue to do so until it is no longer safe to travel.”

The American Red Cross said these shelters are preparing for housing residents for at least 72 hours. The Salvation Army has also deployed volunteers from around the country to aide in response to Florence.

“The Salvation Army will deploy mobile feeding units, staff and volunteers from across Florida to assist areas where the storm is expected to make landfall in North and South Carolina,” the Salvation Army said on their website. “A 53- foot refrigerated feeding support trailer will also travel from Florida to North Carolina to assist with transporting food and drinks to affected areas.”

The Salvation Army works with the locals of each specific area and provides items for those in need. Other organizations are doing what they can, such as National VOAD, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

“National VOAD members and partners are preparing for #HurricaneFlorence by prepositioning volunteer teams and supplies. As soon as needs are assessed, we will respond. #VOADMovement #ResponseReliefRecovery,” National VOAD tweeted on September 10.

Hannah Lester
Hannah Lester

Hannah Lester is a senior studying journalism at Auburn University and is graduating in May 2019. She writes for the Auburn Plainsman newspaper as well as Auburn Glomerata and worked as an intern for Edible Nashville the summer of 2018. Lester is originally from Birmingham, Alabama.