Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence

Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence

As Tropical Storm Florence pummels the Carolinas, about 2,000 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country have been deployed to help shelter, feed and support those affected.

As a Red Cross Disaster Responder member, Duke Energy provides support for Disaster Relief, ensuring the Red Cross can pre-position supplies, secure shelters, maintain vehicles and train volunteers, according to a news release.

Hurricane Florence made landfall on Thursday as a Category 1 storm bringing catastrophic winds, rain and flooding to the low-lying land of North and SC.

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 1 to 3½ feet as the storm crawled westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days. Governor Roy Cooper announced the state was accepting donations. donations can be made by texting Florence to 20222 or filling out a web form here.

The potential severity of Hurricane Florence has kick-started local Red Cross chapters into full-fledged assistance mode.

Anderson has volunteered with the organization for 14 years and said Florence is his fifth storm deployment.

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Every tornado, every hurricane, every flood, The Red Cross can help because of private funds donated by people like you.

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD More than 140 blood drives have been canceled through early next week due to Hurricane Florence, resulting in over 4,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

Its donation will go to the Red Cross as well. Rangers from Arizona are working with urban search and rescue teams in North Carolina. "To all those affected, stay safe and know that we're here to help".

Right now donations are a great start in helping Florence victims and the volunteers aiding those in need. That's about 5,100 blood and platelet donations missing.

Boots on the ground include David Anderson from the American Red Cross of Northeast Florida.

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